srijeda, 30. prosinca 2015.

The best worst thing

Wow, I didn't write for a year over here. Errr, who cares... You might have noticed on my previous posts that I always write a recap of my year. Ooof, this year has been too painful and I don't want to do a regular "monthly" recap. I can just tell that it has been the best/worst year in my life and if I would have to describe it in one sentence it would be: "When it rains, it pours." 

Talking about painful, yeah, lots of health issues, don't ask because I won't talk about it. All I'll say is that it went from bad to really bad and I barely got back on my feet again. I'm still recovering but when I look back, wow, what a journey it has been. Those health problems didn't just put my life upside down, they have transformed me into a different person, I could say better version of myself that I have always wanted to see. I guess Gandhi was right: "Be the change you wish to see in this world."

It's amazing how life kicks you in your mouth pretty bad when you least expect it and you hate the pain and you cry and you ask "why me"? As recovery time goes by step by step and you look back you just realize how much you have grown and you manage to find strength in yourself you never knew it existed. Yes, I hated this pain every day and I have cried a lot but recently I have started to look at it through different lenses, this pain I have been going through has been my best teacher ever. It has taught me to get up and fight back, it has taught me compassion and self-compassion, it has taught me to be more positive, it has taught me to believe in myself more than ever before, it has taught me how to do spiritual shift, it has taught me that happiness comes from within.... It has changed me and I finally like myself, you know what's funny, It took me 29 years to realize all that and now I understand what my mom has said to me: "Baby, this is a lifetime process." It is, it's like being a sports person, stop training and you get out of condition, same is our personal growth, stop training and you get out of condition, you stop growing. I would have never thought in my life that pain can be such a changer and that pain actually causes growth and that it is okay to fail, we learn from failures. And all this time I was thinking that I was not growing up, looks like I actually am. I'm not expecting incoming year to be any easier but I know one thing, I have to continue working on myself. There is a nice saying: "The best project you'll be working on is you."

We all go through this life battling with our fears, doubts, negative thoughts.... thinking, thinking and over-thinking which in the end brings us into a bad state, the key is to remember to turn on the light as Dumbledore has said in a Harry Potter movie.
This year I have met some nice people and some not so nice but they have all taught me something and I'm thankful for that. There is a saying that some people cross our path to be a lesson. Not everyone will be nice and they are there in our paths to remind us what we have forgotten. We usually forget that we have a choice and that we should put ourselves into a first place, we should believe in ourselves when others don't, all the strength we need is already inside us, all we have to do is reach to it. It's there even when it looks like it isn't. Trust me, I went through some of the darkest moments of my life this year. 

I'm not going to write the details because I want to keep them for myself. I'd just like to thank all the nice people who have been on my side and didn't give up on me when I was completely down, you know who you are. Thank you, may the universe bless you. 

For the end I'll put one of the videos that I have been using as a help to get back on my feet. Hopefully my struggle story will help someone else who is also struggling.

srijeda, 31. prosinca 2014.

Happy GNU/Linux year 2015

Looks like this has become a tradition, writing  my yearly review on a New Year's Eve....

Alright, looking back moving forward style highlights...

January 2014 --- leaped from internship to junior operations engineer position at TeamSnap. It is a small leap for mankind but big one for me.

March 2014 --- managed to organize and host 1st Virtual day of free and open source technologies with my colleagues. A great experience and something for the community. Up till March I was only looking how Ubuntu community is doing regular hangouts and must say that they have been a role model and still are to start and do many things.

Wonderful new people and new knowledge and experiences and I finally got to see Dubrovnik for the very first time. A tourist in my own country, priceless. 

openSUSE 2014 conference, (photo courtesy, various authors)

June 2014 - organized and hosted DORS/CLUC 2014 with my colleagues  and finally met Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph in live. As I wrote on my blog post, she is one prominent lady in FLOSS world and one of my role models. It was also great and refreshing to see more ladies at the conference.

From left to right: Elizabeth K. Joseph, Lucija Pilić, Ana Mandić, Marta Milaković and me, (photo courtesy: Milan Rajačić)
October 2014 - believe it or not my first airplane travel all the way to USA to meet my TeamSnap team in Colorado. It was an awesome experience and it was amazing to see all those people in live. Yeah, I have to post the rest of the photos. Once I put them on Flickr this post will be updated, I promise.

TeamSnap team, (photo courtesy: Bridget Sweeney)

December 2014organized and hosted second virtual day of free and open source technologies with my colleagues. Hopefully this will turn into a regular activity. It actually depends on volunteers. 

I have to mention that I'm very proud of my nephews who were my helpers in the kitchen for holidays. When teenagers help you with baking cookies it is not a small thing. ;)

Mmmhm, well, what happened on the last day of December and has been started in April 2014 is still at the beginning phase and I cannot tell the future of it i.e. will it happen or not, but, I'll give you a hint (see video below).

So, the year 2014  has been quite eventful and intense on a personal and professional level.

For the year 2015, as always I wish everyone lots of opportunities, geeky happiness, FLOSS events and lots and lots of laugh.....

Happy New Year and to my Linux geekz Happy GNU/Linux year 2015

nedjelja, 7. prosinca 2014.

2nd Virtual day of free and open source technologies

Another one rides the bus Errrr my colleagues and I have managed to organize and host another virtual day of free and open source technologies. We had 4 (almost 5) talks and lots of discussion on our IRC channel. 

Talks that we had were: 

1. How to run your blog on Raspberry Pi and ADSL by Ivan Voras
2. GIMP - software which could serve better for more open "photo" journalism by Darko Tomaš
3.  Introducing pupils with modern art - Moodle vs traditional classroom by Julija Tomasović
4. Meet the Croatian Linux Users' Association by Milan Rajačić and myself

My biggest help with organization and hosting was Tomislav Damjanović! It took us a month for everything and to gather speakers but it was worth it and we are happy because of that.

You can see talks on the video below. For non Croatian speakers, I am sorry, you can watch if you are ready for a linguistic adventure :)  ....

As I already wrote for first virtual day of free and open source technologies blog post, this is manly for Croatian audience with goal to open ourselves more to public. I will add one additional goal here: enlarge and empower free and open source community in Croatia. Every community whether local or international needs proactive members that will pull things forward and only and exclusively because of such members FLOSS world can survive. More proactive members means: more activities, more events, more projects and not only for newcomers but for public in general i.e. for folks who are not interested into volunteering but just into learning something and hangout.

That would be all for 2nd Virtual day of free and open source technologies and I leave you with another interesting talk by Jim Zemlin who will explain FLOSS world in a common and simple language.

Happy Linuxing!

ponedjeljak, 4. kolovoza 2014.

Monthly skill exchange or is it?

If you belong to some Linux user group or community then you probably know what skill exchange means. Maybe they call it differently in your country. I'm talking about gatherings on a monthly or yearly basis where you have talks and discussions about FLOSS technology. Usually those talks end up on some tenth topic, not the one the talk was about but that's the beauty of it. 

You see, when I was a student I had a chance to attend those gatherings in live because they were held at my college thanks to one of my professors who started them. I was really happy about it because there was finally something for me. Skill exchange was usually on one Friday every month, first there were talks and after that discussions divided on several groups. Depends how many talks/lectures there were and you were able to join the discussion group by your preference. That was brilliant because it all started around 7 pm and ended up around 1, sometimes 2 am. If you are geeky and you love these kinds of gatherings you'll forget about time easily. 

Unfortunately nowadays I cannot do those live very often because I don't have that much time and we are all dislocated which is a bummer but hey, we can do them online. Up till now we (Croatian Linux Users Association and Croatian association for Open systems and Internet) had monthly meetings on IRC channel in order to bring monthly reports. But after a year of monthly reports that started to become monotonous. Thus we have decided to break that and switch it with mini monthly virtual skill exchanges. It's much more fun, you learn something new, you discuss with your geeky friends and you charge your FLOSS batteries. We had 2 topics on a schedule yesterday: Introduction to Linux course that was launched on edX last Friday and latest news from 3D world. To prove how discussions end up on a tenth topic, well, we have started with Introduction to Linux and we ended up on how to contribute to Linux kernel project. We didn't even manage to talk about 3D :) because Linux topic session lasted roughly 2 and a half hours. I didn't want to drag people more because you know, Monday. Now I'm thinking we should do those on Saturdays so we can talk even longer. Anyhow, hopefully this will last for some time and more and more people will join in. We'll see. The thing is, I really miss those monthly geeky gatherings I had at college and I hope this online version will compensate it till some point.

This doesn't mean we won't have reports anymore. Sure we'll have them but probably not so often. If you ask me, yearly report is quite enough where everybody can see what you did last year. 

To finish with what I have started, when you belong to some Linux group or community these gatherings are more of a necessity then a must do just because it is an unwritten rule.

četvrtak, 19. lipnja 2014.

DORS/CLUC 2014 impressions

On the beginning of this writing I have to admit that I have never felt so tired on prior conferences like I felt at DORS/CLUC 2014. I guess setting up higher goals and working on this next to my daily job and other obligations has left marks. Despite all that some crazy adrenalin has kept me awake.

Conference organization took several months of tackling with gathering sponsors, keynote speakers, speakers, volunteers, picking where to have a venue and how to organize it and decorate it, how to organize entire conference flow, so many lists, tasks, schedules, details..... oh my  but it was worth it. When you see full auditorium at the conference and happy guests then you know you are doing it right despite all the long journey and obstacles you encounter before the finish.

DORS/CLUC 2014, photo courtesy Igor Škevin

The biggest and toughest challenge every year is to bring sponsors in order you could actually organize everything you have planned. This year has been far better than on prior years but still not enough to bring more speakers from USA for example. When folks from outside of an organization team tell us something like: "Hey why didn't you bring this or that speaker" you see that they don't understand much how difficult it is when you are non profit and when everything depends on sponsors. Despite all the trouble as I have said I think we have managed to have pretty decent schedule and decent number of great keynote speakers and speakers. 

In the end everything went well, keynotes, talks, workshops... and I have finally managed to meet Elizabeth Krumbach Joseph in live :)  For those who don't know we have met in 2012 online when we have started to work on Ubuntu weekly newsletter together. She is one prominent lady in FLOSS technology world and I am so happy that I got a chance to spend some time with her and get to know her better. Also, I am very happy that number of ladies at the conference has increased, slightly, but still it has increased and that we have managed to have round table Women in FLOSS technology world.

Women in FLOSS technology world round table, photo courtesy Igor Škevin

For the end, BIG THANK YOU everyone who has been involved with DORS/CLUC 2014 conference and who helped us to organize and host another DORS/CLUC conference: sponsors, media, keynote speakers, speakers, volunteers, guests, Cassandra catering staff, Pivnica Medvedgrad staff, online followers. It was an excellent event and hopefully the ones in the future will be even better with even more people. For latter I hope for more people in organization team as well not just guests.

Now if you'll excuse me I'll go plan how to bring Linus Torvalds to Croatia ;)  If you think that I'm joking then think again. Of course daily work and recovery before that.

Happy Linuxing everybody,


utorak, 29. travnja 2014.

openSUSE 2014 conference impressions

Yeah, I can hear some folks saying: "Wait whaaa? Aren't you using Ubuntu, what are you doing at openSUSE 2014 conference?"

Just because I'm mainly an Ubuntu user and community member doesn't mean I can't help other FLOSS communities eh? In the end we are all penguins and as there is a saying for penguins: "Birds stick together."

Huh, where to start.... On 22nd of April started the openSUSE 2014 journey for me. Svebor, Krešimir and I went by car to Dubrovnik. It was a looong but fun ride :) I must admit that I have never been in Dubrovnik before, shame ha?

Finally in Dubrovnik selfie: Svebor, me, Krešimir (photo courtesy: Svebor)

 Still that day we have met with one  part of the openSUSE crew: Jürgen, Christopher, Darix and Robert.  These guys are amazing and I mean it. We arranged right away what will we do and when. I got a chance to work with Jürgen on conference recording but with help of other volunteers.

23rd and 24th of April mostly went on preparing the rooms - video/audio recording setup, decorations, refreshments and materials for conference attendees...

Decoration and preparations (photo courtesy: Marcel  and Krešimir)

....and of course Kick off welcome openSUSE 2014 party on April 24th

openSUSE 2014 welcome party (photo courtesy Krešimir)

From 25th - 28th of April keynotes, conference streaming and recording, attendees, packing, on 29th of April - travel home..... Ivan and I spent mostly recording and streaming with the rest of the video team: Sarah, Daniel, Alexandros, Dimitris, Marcel, Marvin, Martin, Christopher, Dubravko, Stephan and of course our mentor Jürgen who was monitoring everything and helping when/where needed.

Ready, set aaaaand action! (photo courtesy, Marcel and Krešimir)

Unfortunately I couldn't be in all rooms because this was a multi track conference which included 4 rooms full of keynotes from 10 a.m. till 5 p.m. Ivan and I were mostly in Ragusa room recording and streaming, other members of video team were in other rooms: Bokar and Revelin, Stradun room was not recorded because it served as a room for community meetings. You can find all the recordings on the following link:

We rounded conference with a nice group photo shoot :)

Group Geekos photo shoot (photo courtesy: George Bratsos)

Aaaand of course finish party, or how would one of the openSUSE board members say: "Paaaaaartyyyyy, Woooo!" -- Robert Schweikert

openSUSE dance, Izabel was a great dance partner :)) (photo courtesy Krešimir)

What to say in the end, everything that is nice doesn't last long. This was a great experience for me because I was able to see how other FLOSS communities are breathing and functioning. I have learned a lot and charged my FLOSS batteries. It feels good to help others and that's what it is the core of FLOSS technology world in the end. It's the people that matters the most and then everything else. 

Special thank you to entire openSUSE team and my Croatian colleagues for making an effort into this conference.  This is our passion and we will continue organizing FLOSS conferences in order to champion FLOSS technology that we all love and in order to champion "all for one and one for all" spirit because that's how people from FLOSS technology world function and should function.

Now back to work and of course another conference is in front of me, DORS/CLUC 2014, annual conference which I organize along with my colleagues.....

nedjelja, 16. ožujka 2014.

First virtual day of free, libre and open source technologies

After almost a month of preparations my colleagues and I have held first virtual day of free, libre and open source technologies. Got to say that this took time and energy like you were preparing some mini conference, the only difference is that it was virtual.

Here is the video and I'll describe briefly below the video what does this virtual day present to all of us.

To explain the event, Virtual day of free, libre and open source technologies serves to promote/present FLOSS technology world to Croatian audience.

What actually motivated us to run this event? Well, there are several reasons why this virtual event happened:

  • Last year we should have presented free, libre and open source technologies at INFO 2013 Fair. Unfortunately that fair has been canceled due to a small interest of people who would present themselves there and in general that fair doesn't have a lot of visitors unlike gaming fair. Sad but true. 
  • Second reason is to promote free, libre and open source technology world in a different way then we would do it live at INFO Fair and similar events
  • Third reason is to open ourselves more to the public and try to diminish wrong believes where people think that everything what is free and open source has lesser value. 
Keynotes that were held:

How and why would someone get involved into free, libre and open source technology world, keynoters (Lucija, Pilić and me)
OpenStreetMap Croatia -free world map, keynoter - Matija Nalis
NetBeans and GDB on Linux, keynoter - Domagoj Stolfa
Project Open Network, keynoter, Valent Turković

To conclude, I'm very happy that this event happened and I hope there will be interest for more events like this one.

Happy Linuxing