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September 19, 2014

GNOME 3.13.92 RELEASED!

Hello all,

A bit delay but here you have the second GNOME release candidate for
you to test, and your chance to make the "đť›±" release the best it can get.

To compile GNOME 3.13.92, you can use the jhbuild modulesets published
by the release team (which use the exact tarball versions from the
official release).

  https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.13.92/

We remind you we are string frozen, no string changes may be made
without confirmation from the l10n team (gnome-i18n< at >) and notification
to both the release team and the GNOME Documentation Project
(gnome-doc-list< at >).

Hard code freeze is also in place, no source code changes can be made
without approval from the release-team.  Translation and documentation
can continue.

More details about changes and news for this beta are available here:

   core: https://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.92/NEWS
   apps: https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.92/NEWS


The GNOME 3.13.92 release itself is available here:

   core sources: https://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.92/
   apps sources: https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.92/



WARNING! WARNING! WARNING!
--------------------------

This release is a snapshot of development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development
status.


For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official module
lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13 page:
  http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
  http://live.gnome.org/Schedule

Minutes of the Board meeting of September 12th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, September 12th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting Friday, September 26th 2014, 16:00 UTC.

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Karen Sandler
 * Tobias Mueller

== Regrets ==
 * Andrea Veri

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Bountysource account for the Foundation? (see "Bounties for GNOME/GTK" thread)
   * Waiting for contact information from Sri to get in touch with Elementary folks

 * Funding for GNOME interns in OPW
  * Request for $6000 from GNOME general funds for a GNOME OPW intern
  * Would be good to have a decision today (2014-09-12)
  * Treasurer recommends against voting before an updated financial report
  * Proposal to use Privacy campaign for a GNOME privacy OPW intern

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members or missing info:
   * GNOME Privacy project (hub's offer, and the findings of SafetyTeam at GUADEC)
   * Outreach administrativia fast-tracking
   * Karen's GUADEC 2014 travel expenses reimbursement (awaits vote from travel committee, and forwarding of relevant mail thread)
   * Outstanding brand use requests: Julio Cesar Caraça's idea for selling apparel in Brazil (mail subject: "Sharing an idea...")

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Groupon: Pam  made a mistake in filing a change of name form instead of a change of  address form
  * Pam confirmed with the USPTO that this will have no impact on GNOME and is taking all relevant steps to correct
  * VOTE: reimburse Pam USD 40.00 for expenses: +1 unanimous
 * Groupon and related administrative preparations
 * Using appear.in (WebRTC) for some board meetings

== Completed Actions ==
 * Jeff to reply to the "Permission request for Personal use of Gnome foot" mail thread
 * Zana to look into brand usecontracts that she has on paper and scan them
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

== Pending action items ==
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation


GNOME 3.14.0 newstable tarballs due (and more) (responsible: mclasen)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.14.0 newstable tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze ends


Tarballs are due on 2014-09-22 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.14.0
newstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.14.0. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


Hard Code Freeze ends, but other freezes remain in effect for the
stable branch.


For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
   https://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule

Thanks,

September 15, 2014

TARBALLS DUE: GNOME 3.13.92 release candidate + HARD CODE FREEZE

Hello all,

Quick reminder: Tarballs are expected TODAY.

If you are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you
think you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll
find someone to roll the tarball for you!

We will be entering the HARD CODE FREEZE: This is a late freeze to
avoids sudden last-minute accidents which could risk the stability
that should have been reached at this point.  No source code changes
are allowed without approval from the release team, but translation
and documentation should continue. Simple build fixes are, of course,
allowed without asking.

For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
   http://live.gnome.org/Schedule

Cheers,

September 14, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of August 29th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, August 29th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya (joined late)
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Karen Sandler
 * Andrea Veri
 * Tobias Mueller

== Regrets ==

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Rosanna's proposed job description
  * Kat had a chat with Rosanna about her new responsibilities.
   * Rosanna confirmed she's ready and willing to do her best to achieve all the proposed items on the job description she proposed
  * The only practical changes would be Rosanna being able to sign paperwork without having to poke the Board every time for signatures
   * This will help speeding up Foundation's administration
  * VOTE: To accept the draft job description as proposed by Rosanna and with Marina's addition by email: +1 Jeff, Karen, Kat, Sri, Andrea
   * Proposed text and approved text: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/RosannaYuenJobDescription

 * Groupon

 * Outstanding brand use requests
   * Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea..."
    * Rosanna could not find such a prior agreement with Loja Geek in Brazil; exclusive agreement was turned down by the board at the time.
    * Rosanna does have a signed agreement with Freewear in Spain needs to scan it.
     * ACTION: Rosanna to mail the Freewear agreement to board-list for the Board to review
    * The board needs to review previous agreements before responding.
    * Possible to have blanket approval for non-commertial uses (i.e. where the produced merchandise is not sold, needs to be investigated further
    * Need to make sure any restrictions on logo do not hinder its use as part of free software and are not unduly restrictive
    * ACTION: Jeff to review the Freewear agreement and adapt it (if needed) to Julio's case, put "should we propose that to Julio" up for vote on the mailing list, and then send the mail.

 * Getting a Bountysource account for the Foundation? (see "Bounties for GNOME/GTK" thread)
   * ACTION: Rosanna to open the account and coordinate with Daniel Foré (Sri to get them in touch)

 * Privacy campaign
  * Tobi proposes using some of the funds for interns
  * Tobi should be able to mentor an intern
  * Possible to look for someone more experienced instead of a newcomer (ex: public call for tenders on the foundation list etc.)
  * Interns may not be the best use of the campaign money
  * Treasurer suggests that it would be unwise to assign non-campaign funds to OPW at this time (because even though the Foundation has collected on most of the outstanding OPW invoices, income from this year may be lower )
    * Jeff suggests that this use of funds can be done sometime later in the fall or winter, as there is no deadline to use them
  * ACTION: Tobi to coordinate with Hubert Figuière and Federico to come up with an actionable list of items/bounties (maybe we could even use bountysource?) for existing gnome contributors to tackle?

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GUADEC 2014 travel reimbursements approval (should GUADEC reimbursements be sent out?)
  * VOTE: +1 Kat, Andrea, Karen, Sri, Marina
 * Bid proposal for GUADEC 2016 - Rome
  * Also sent to guadec-list for an overview: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/guadec-list/2014-August/msg00004.html
 * Agreement for Samsung OPW participants
  * Karen proposed a sample agreement required by Samsung to be able to participate to the next OPW round
  * VOTE: +1 Marina, Sri, Tobi, Karen, Kat, Jeff
 * OPW Payments for the upcoming round
  * Only make the final payments to interns who are sponsored by the Organizations from which we received payments for all the rounds they sponsored. (some background can be found at https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140422)
  * That will avoid making those payments by using Foundation's funds.
  * Approve the final payments for this round before the 27th August when those payments are due:
   * VOTE: +1 Kat, Andrea, Tobias, Marina, Karen, Jeff
 * Re-licensing the documentation provided by Sun Microsystems (for the gucharmap module)

== Completed Actions ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions (DONE)
 * Marina to update travel policy accordingly to what has been discussed and voted by the Board
 * Andrea need to check who is on the engagement-private list, core members only or the whole engagement team? There may be old inactive members on that list since it was copied over from the old marketing-private list

== Pending action items ==
 * Jeff to reply to the "Permission request for Personal use of Gnome foot" mail thread
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Zana to look into brand usecontracts that she has on paper and scan them


September 12, 2014

GNOME 3.13.92 rc tarballs due (and more) (responsible: fredp)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.13.92 rc tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze


Tarballs are due on 2014-09-15 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.13.92
rc release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were
proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so
everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will be
uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.13.92. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


This is a late freeze to avoids sudden last-minute accidents which
could risk the stability that should have been reached at this point.
No source code changes are allowed without approval from the release
team, but translation and documentation should continue. Simple build
fixes are, of course, allowed without asking.


For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
   https://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule

Thanks,

September 05, 2014

New feature proposals period start

Hello all,

New feature proposals period start


For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:
   https://wiki.gnome.org/Schedule

Thanks,

August 29, 2014

GNOME Foundation publish 2013 Annual Report

The GNOME foundation are pleased to publish the 2013 Annual Report . In the Report you can read about the foundation activities during last the year, some of the highlights include details about the continuous success of the OPW program and the many hackfest that have taken place during the last year.

“The 2013 Annual Report highlight how vibrant the GNOME project are and represents itself a real community effort.” Oliver Propst, Annual Report coordinator

The foundation want to thank Friends of GNOME and advisory board members who support the foundation and its operations.

August 26, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of August 15th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, August 15th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Karen Sandler

== Regrets ==
 * Andrea Veri

== Board meeting ==
 * Groupon
 * Final wording checks for updated Travel Policy
  * Discussed, approved with minor changes.
  * ACTION: Marina to update travel policy
 * Outstanding brand use requests
  * need someone to take action/mail Carol Hanson re: "Permission request for Personal use of Gnome foot"
    * ACTION: Jeff to reply to her
  * Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea..."
 * Review "pending action" items from previous minutes, reassign old action items to new board members

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GNOME and GitCafe cooperation
  * Setting up a mirror of git.gnome.org as a first step
  * Brainstorm for more ideas to improve our cooperation
 * GNOME PERU FEST 2014 reimbursement
 * Outreach administrativia fast-tracking
 * GNOME Privacy project (hub's offer, and the findings of SafetyTeam at GUADEC (see https://wiki.gnome.org/SafetyTeam/MeetingDocumentation)

== Completed Actions ==
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
  * Marina will work with Jeff to shuffle around some paragraphs in the travel sponsorship policy to make it more clear
 * Marina checked with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon 
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors (obsolete)
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors (obsolete)
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for LWN codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts (obsolete)

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Zana to look into brand usecontracts that she has on paper and scan them


August 12, 2014

Minutes of the Board Meeting of July 30th, 2014

= Minutes for Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 10:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==

 * Friday, August 15th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Andrea Veri
 * Karen Sandler

=== Regrets ===

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Job opportunities perks discussion for adboard members
  * Post job opportunities coming from adboard members on social networks (on mission, GNOME related jobs with strong free software component)
  * Discuss job opportunities on engagement-private

 * Rosanna's title:
  * In the absence of an Executive Director, there are documents that need to be signed on behalf of the organization for which it is inconvenient to have a board member sign. For example, at least one of those forms require the signatory to be a US person.
  * In order to have the ability to respond quickly when there's a need for the foundation, it makes sense for Rosanna as a longtime employee to have signing authority, which requires a specific title (ex: CFO? Director of Operations?) in the eyes of US authorities.
  * Accordingly the board appointed Rosanna as Director of Operations. She will submit a draft job description and will have bi-annual reviews
  * ACTION: Rosanna to write a job description for the Board to review before her new position to become effective

 * Brand use requests
  * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2014-July/msg00079.html
   * Wants to create GNOME merchandise for sale on the Brazilian market
   * We used to have an agreement with some org in Brazil?
   * ACTION: Rosanna to look into brand use contracts that she has on paper and scan them

 * OPW - next round and beyond
  * The OPW organizers (Marina and Karen) want the program to grow
  * Should we still keep the OPW program financially bound to the GNOME Foundation? Should OPW stay with the GNOME Foundation?
  * Can there be a legal structure to allow OPW some autonomy?
  * Does the GNOME Foundation and directors ideologically support OPW?
   * What does ideologically supporting the OPW mean?
    * It means supporting initiatives that encourage and support women's participation in free software, including paid internships, a women's dinner, and code of conduct.
    * (as clarified later via e-mail) This question was just about ideological support - something that would extend to GNOME participating in OPW if it's run by another organization or the GNOME Foundation running OPW if it's just GNOME internships (as it started out). Whether the GNOME Foundation should consider it a part of its mission to run OPW, which includes multiple organizations and whether the GNOME Foundation should be running OPW as it grows from the practical point of view are separate questions.
   * Opinion asserted that it is possible to support the OPW while not supporting the way that it is implemented
  * Upon consulting with Rosanna, there is a general consensus that the GNOME Foundation can administer the program for the next round
  * Renaming the program as it grows beyond OPW?
   * The goal for the next round is to be a pilot for accepting people from other underrepresented backgrounds by being open to the graduates of Mozilla's Project Ascend, which is for underprivileged people in the US
   * The goal for future rounds would be to be open to people of color in US and Europe, and later to underrepresented people geographically
   * VOTE: should the GNOME Foundation expand OPW such that graduates of Mozilla's Project Ascend that are otherwise qualified for participation in GNOME's program (without the requirements regarding gender) be eligible to apply as a pilot for including other minorities in the diversity program
    * +1 Kat, Jeff, Andrea, Marina, Karen, Sri; -1 Tobias
  * Should OPW organizers have the authority to sign certain types of contracts with more limited Board's approval? (discussion and vote on the mailing list)
  * Karen and Marina indicated that they will explore alternative options for OPW's administrative home.

 * Groupon

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GNOME and GitCafe cooperation
  * Setting up a mirror of git.gnome.org as a first step
  * Brainstorm for more ideas to improve our cooperation
 * GNOME PERU FEST 2014 reimbursement

== Completed Actions ==
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Marina checked with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina will work with Jeff to shuffle around some paragraphs in the travel sponsorship policy to make it more clear
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role 
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Zana to look into brand usecontracts that she has on paper and scan them


August 07, 2014

Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia during the 2nd quarter of 2015.

The GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong Seoul and Beijing respectively over the last seven years. The Summit’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to we spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our website: http://www.gnome.asia

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org . The deadline for the proposals is September 1, 2014. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the third week of September, 2014.

The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2015 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may have conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:

  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.

  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.

  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorship’s

Please refer to the official web site of GNOME.Asia [1]. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list [2], howtos [3] and the winning proposal for 2012 [4] when putting together a proposal.

You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org if you have any questions.

Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

GNOME.Asia Committee

[1] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia

[2] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/event-organization-checklist

[3] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/summit-planning-howto

[4] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/2012Summit/Bids?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=Proposal_of_HongKong_GNOME_Asia_Hackfest_2012_20120124.pdf

August 05, 2014

GUADEC 2014, In Pictures

GUADEC 2014 ended last week, and we’ve put together a gallery of images from the conference. Thanks again to the conference organisers, as well as all our sponsors, for making this fantastic event possible.

Many thanks to Garrett LeSage, Jakub Steiner, Hylke Bons and Allan Day for the photos.

Andrea Casillas ends her talk, "Patents and copyright and trademarks… Oh, why!?" (Photo by Allan Day.) Jim Hall delivers his keynote on the first day: "Usability Themes in GNOME". (Photo by Allan Day.) Lapo Calamandrei and Benjamin Otte talk CSS on the steps to the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Wayland hacking at the cafeteria. (Photo by Allan Day.) Attendees talk and hack on the venue steps. (Photo by Allan Day.) Nathan Willis gives his keynote, "Should We Teach The Robot To Kill?" (Photo by Garret LeSage.) Christian Hergert. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Scott Reeves. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Jeff Fortin. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Allan Day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Jasper St. Pierre Matthias Clasen gives his talk, "GTK+, dialogs, the HIG and you" Jan-Christoph Borchardt gives his talk, "Open Source Design – how we do it in ownCloud" Attendees after the second conference day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Javier Jardón at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Cosimo Cecchi at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Christian Hergert at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Council of Europe. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) St. Paul's Church. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Benjamin Otte gives his talk: "GTK+ and CSS". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Attendees gather outside the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Yosef Or Boczko. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Lubosz Sarnecki at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.) Olav Vitters and Shivani Poddar at the park. (Photo by Allan Day.) Emmanuelle Bassi and the football and picnic event. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Sri Ramkrishna at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.) Fabiana Simões and Bastian Hougaard at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.) Attendees listen to a talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Lasse Schuirmann gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Attendees talk outside the venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Jasper St. Pierre gives his talk on "GNOME and Wayland". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Zeeshan Ali gives his talk, "Boxes: all packed & ready to go?". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Lapo "The Icon Machine" Calamandrei. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Shivani Poddar gives her lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Anuj Khare gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Parin Porecha gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Marcos Chavarria Teijeiro gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Arnel A. Borja gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Sai Suman Prayaga gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Karen Sandler gives her talk: "Lessons learned as GNOME Executive Director". (Photo by Garret LeSage.) Mark Simpson shoots at Le Snooker . (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Robert Bragg at Le Snooker. (Photo by Hylke Bons.) Allan Day at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.) Javier Jardón at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Owen Taylor gives his talk, "Continuous integration performance testing on actual hardware". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Lionel Landwerlin presents "Flow based programming in the GNOME environment". (Photo by Garret LeSage.) Ekaterina Gerasimova and Julita Inca Chiroque give out a prize at the end of the lightning talks. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.) Volunteers gather on stage for the conference closing. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Andreas Nilsson shows the location of GUADEC 2015. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Rain in Strasbourg. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Federico Mena Quintero at the crypto and privacy BoF. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Strasbourg Cathedral. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Attendees walk into the sunset. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.) Bastian Hougaard at the Engagement Team BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.) Andreas Nilsson at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.) Fabiana Simões takes the whiteboard at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)

Minutes of the Board meeting of July 25th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 25th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==

 * Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 09:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller 
 * Emmanuele Bassi (outgoing board)
 * Andreas Nilsson (outgoing board)
 * Andrea Veri (afternoon)

=== Regrets ===
 * Karen Sandler
 * Joanmarie Diggs (outgoing board)

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Documenting our board decisions/measures wrt finances
  * Documented on the wiki: if a budget is 4 weeks late, expenses should be frozen; non-essential spending is currently frozen, although some exceptions have been made

 * Financial plans and ideas for the remainder of 2014 and til Q2 2015
  * Missing invoice payments

 * Pants award

 * Groupon

 * Visa reimbursement policy
  * The board voted to reimburse for a rejected visa which triggered a discussion
  * Suggestion to modify policy text
  * Board can make exceptions for items which are normally not sponsored (https://wiki.gnome.org/Travel for a list of those items)
  * '''ACTION''': Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now.
  * '''ACTION''': Jeff will lead the efforts with interesting parties to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting 

 * Friends of GNOME - perks
  * Do we want to buy 25 new LWN tokens?
   * +1: Kat, Tobi, Jeff, Marina, Andrea (Sri missing)
   * Rosanna will buy tokens
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription

 * Receiving Donations in the EU via the WHS
  * Tobi sent around a new draft to the board
  * Tobi also sent it to the WHS and waits for feedback

 * Preparing for the GUADEC AGM (reports session & open floor): Andreas Nilsson to chair the sessions

 * GUADEC 2015
   * We probably need to be more flexible with the date as the venue is being renovated
   * Discuss the availability of a venue and any other issues with the Gothenburg organization team

To be discussed on Wednesday morning at GUADEC:
 * Outstanding brand use requests (ex: Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea...")
 * Taking pictures for the Foundation's Web site
 * OPW - next round and beyond (on July 30, when Karen is there)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * happybirthdaygnome.org renewal

== Completed Actions ==
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget (obsolete)
 * Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from Carol Hanson
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about visa fees reimbursements (partially complete; obsolete)
 * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting (obsolete from 3.12)
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the advisory board list for the upcoming meeting on the 30th at GUADEC
   * Kat to book a restaurant for advisory board meeting

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now
 * Marina check with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role 
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

July 29, 2014

GUADEC 2014 Core Days Finish

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The main part of GUADEC 2014, the premier annual GNOME conference, has just ended in Strasbourg, France. The core days are made up of talks, keynote presentations, as well as the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting.

The GUADEC core days have been packed with exciting, interesting talks. There were presentations on important initiatives in GNOME, such as Wayland and continuous performance testing. GTK+ had a strong presence, with talks on GTK+ dialogs, CSS, and the GTK+ Scene Graph Toolkit. There was also a whole day of talks on GTK+ applications.

The final core day ended with an enthusiastic lightning talk session (these are short, five minute talks on a subject of the presenter’s choosing), followed by a conference closing which included a standing ovation for the local organising team. The final day also included the third GUADEC keynote, delivered by Matthew Garrett, on the future of the desktop.

GUADEC would not be complete without social events, of course, and this year’s event was no exception. Highlights included a a snooker and pool evening and the regular GUADEC football match, which was followed by a picnic.

Another regular feature of GUADEC is the annual pants award, where one individual is picked out for their special efforts over the year. This year, that award went to Alexandre Franke, who was the brains behind this year’s GUADEC, and who also works to coordinate GNOME’s presence at FOSDEM.

GUADEC has been fantastic, as usual. There have been a lot of important, exciting discussions and talks, and the conference has been an opportunity to make important plans for the future. Though the core days are now over, the GNOME community will be busy in Strasbourg for three more days, as the schedule switches to working sessions (known as BoFs, or Birds of a Feather sessions).

Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s GUADEC: Google, Red Hat, Igalia, SUSE, Ubuntu, Seafile, code.csdn.net, and GitCafe. This wonderful event would not have been possible without your help.

July 27, 2014

Interview with Jim Hall, GUADEC Keynote Speaker

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The curtains are up on GUADEC 2014, and the first keynote was delivered by Jim Hall. Jim is the Director of Information Technology at Morris, University of Minnesota, and he presented his work on usability in GNOME. We took some time to talk to Jim about his keynote and about his research on GNOME.

Nowadays many designers are interested in user experience rather than usability. Do you believe that usability alone is still relevant?

Usability and user experience are related, but different. Usability is about getting something done; user experience is about the user’s emotional impression. Lots of things can affect the emotional experience of a graphical desktop like GNOME. Colors, fonts, location of elements, and window decorations are just some of the things that can influence how a person feels about using GNOME. That’s the user experience.

Usability focuses on the user. The general rule about usability is that people use programs to be productive, and they are busy people who are trying to get things done. Through usability testing, the user decides when a product is easy to use. Because if a program is hard to use, no one will want to use it. And if they don’t use the software, then they won’t have an emotional experience about it.

So I believe that usability and user experience go hand-in-hand. Programs need to be pleasant (user experience) but people need to be able to use them, too (usability).

In your experience, what are the biggest difficulties you can incur in arranging an user testing?

It is critical to plan a usability test around the users. Who are the users? Do you only expect programmers to use it, or is it intended for a general audience? With GNOME, that means everyone, so any usability test of GNOME must be designed for “general users with average knowledge.”

The next step is to decide what tasks those users need to do in GNOME. What are these general users trying to get done? In this usability test, we wanted to focus on new design patterns, but we first had to work out a set of tasks that real people would probably do: manage some folders and files, browse the web, take some notes, and so on.

Once you figure out what the usability test should cover, the hardest part is to make sure the tasks are realistic. You want each task to be something a real person would probably do in GNOME. But avoid using words or terms that actually appear in the program. That would only test if the user can match your task description to a menu item. Instead, you want to describe things using general terms. For example: when I asked testers to increase the font size on a website, I didn’t use the word “font.” Instead, the task was:

“You don’t have your glasses with you, so it’s hard to read the text on the website. Please make the text bigger on the website.”

You have done a lot of work on improving usability in GNOME: what was the hardest issue you found and the biggest satisfaction you have got?

I was really glad to see Allan and the other GNOME folks create entries in the GNOME Bugzilla. It’s really satisfying to see GNOME developers taking usability seriously.

In doing the usability test, it is hard to watch someone struggle to complete a task. You can’t give hints; you almost have to sit on your hands to keep from saying “the menu item you’re looking for is right there.” You must let the tester explore for themselves, in order to understand how users interact with your program.

I was surprised by some of the test results. For example: installing a program using Software. When testers searched for the program (“Robots”) they got a list of programs that matched the search, and a convenient “Install” button they could click. But if they navigated through the categories to find the program, the “Install” button was in the upper-right corner, and users didn’t see it. Instead, they clicked on the link to visit the program’s website, which got them totally off track. So testers either completed this task very easily, or they were not able to do it at all.

What do you expect from this GUADEC?

This is my first time at GUADEC, so I really don’t know what to expect. I have attended other similar conferences, so I expect to meet lots of interesting people. I am a very friendly person, so if you see me, please do say hi.

While I’ve visited other countries, this is my first trip to France. Unfortunately, I don’t have any French, so I am hoping someone will help help keep me from getting lost. I also speak conversational Spanish and a little bit of Klingon, but neither will help me in France. :-)

Can you give us a quick introduction to your GUADEC keynote?

My keynote will be a summary of my usability research with GNOME. This is based on my Master’s capstone project, which you can download from my blog: “Usability Themes in Open Source Software.”

The presentation walks through the usability test of GNOME. I think folks will be very interested in the “heat map” of the usability test, which shows how testers fared in the test. It’s a new way to share results of a usability test, and I think it helps to make issues more clear.

I will wrap up with a discussion of five themes from this usability test: how GNOME developers can extend this usability test to help them with other GNOME programs.

Many thanks to Jim for all his work, and for his excellent keynote presentation.

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