NeuroFedora: Blog

Free Software for Free Neuroscience

New badge, stickers, and software updates

A Fedora badge for NeuroFedora contributors.

"You are a member of the NeuroFedora SIG" badge by tanvi and blackfile for Fedora Badges #678.

This post departs from the usual template, mainly because we have new artwork to show off and so will, for once, not use the logo in this post.

I had only half jokingly suggested a "terminator panda" to give the badge a bit of a fun and was very pleasantly surprised when tanvi came up with a concept art! After an iteration or two, blackfile's concept that included the logo was merged with the panda terminator to give us the final one that's shown here.

For those who may not be aware, "Fedora badges is a fun website built to recognize contributors to the Fedora Project, help new and existing Fedora contributors find different ways to get involved, and encourage the improvement of Fedora's infrastructure." You can learn about them more on the website's about page, here.

So, please join the team, do whatever interests you: software packaging, testing, designing, documentation writing, simply speak about Free Software, or absolutely anything that will help us make Science similarly Free for everyone. The current team is listed here in the Pagure neuro-sig group.

Since we're going to present a poster at CNS*2019, and meet at Flock, we also requested the Fedora Design team to make us a sticker that we could give out. They, of course, delivered---they always do! After a few iterations under duffy's guidance, tanvi, terezahl, and asrootuser put forward ideas that resulted in this beauty:

The NeuroFedora sticker!

PNG version of the NeuroFedora sticker by tanvi, terezahl, and asrootuser for Fedora Design #627.

I've ordered a batch of stickers off Stickermule already. Since the artwork is now part of Stickermule's catalogue, I can also easily re-order more in the future. I think others can too, but I'm not sure. In any case, the sources for the stickers, like our logo are on here on our Pagure repository. In the future, depending on how much funding we can gather, we may even be able to send stickers to folks. For the moment, though, we'll only give them out to people we meet at conferences to save on postage.

(Please read through the Trademark Guidelines before using and sharing any Fedora related content, by the way.)

At the end of the post, here the usual short update on the state of software in NeuroFedora:

We're still working on including more tools. NEST 2.18.0 was recently released so we'll update that soon also. Still quite a queue for us to work through, but we're making steady progress!

NeuroFedora is volunteer driven initiative and contributions in any form always welcome. You can get in touch with us here. We are happy to help you learn the skills needed to contribute to the project. In fact, that is one of the major goals of the initiative---to spread technical knowledge that is necessary to develop software for Neuroscience.