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June 23, 2016

Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 20th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, June 20th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, June 27th, 19:30 UTC

Wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20160620

== Attending ==

 * Shaun McCance
 * Allan Day
 * Nuritzi Sanchez
 * Meg Ford
 * Alexandre Franke
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova (outgoing)
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Jeff F. T. (outgoing)
 * Jim Hall
 * Andrea Veri (outgoing)

== Regrets ==


== Missing ==


== Agenda ==

 * Welcome new board members, voting handover, officers discussion


=== Ongoing ===

'''The following section is part of the Agenda and includes items which have seen updates in the last 30 days.  Items which have been updated more than 30 days ago are listed under the "Ongoing but stalled" section.'''

 * Unixstickers
 * Ubuntu GNOME
 * GUADEC Manchester bid
 * Owncloud shared calendar for the board
 * Annual report completion

== Minutes ==

 * Welcome new board members, voting handover, officers discussion
  * New meeting time
   * ACTION: Kat to send out a poll to choose a new meeting time
  * Q&A session with new and outgoing Board members

 * Ubuntu GNOME
  * ACTION: Only our signature missing -- Shaun/Jeff to sign trademark agreement


== Ongoing ==

'''This section includes items which have seen an update in the last 30 days. Format is "YYYY-MM-DD, action|discussion|abstract" for this and subsequent minutes sections'''

 * Unixstickers
  * 2016-02-02
   * Allan has an action item to follow up with this
   * Kat put some information on the agreements page for similar cases
  * 2016-02-09, Allan drafted email - need to send that out
  * 2016-02-16, Allan has been in touch with them. Got a good response and sent a draft agreement document. Will be having a call with them on Friday.
  * 2016-02-23 (excerpts taken from the mailing list)
   * Allan confirms the Unixstickers team read the draft trademark agreement and acknowledged it
   * 10% of the proceeds will be returned back as royalties
   * Only GNOME sticakers are sold right now, the idea is to encourage them to also sell t-shirts and mugs
  * 2016-03-01, Allan followed up and is now waiting to hear back to Unixstickers
  * 2016-03-08, Allan to ask who will pay for postage
  * 2016-03-22, they'll pay for sticker postage
  * 2016-04-04, Allan has asked Pam to draft an agreement for them to sign. Waiting to hear back.
  * 2016-05-02
   * Pam sent a draft back to the Board, certain details (such as royalty prices for items) are still to be discussed
   * A vote has happened on the mailing list as a general "we're good with it" approval, another vote will be required before signing it
  * 2016-05-23, we got a signed agreement back, but there's some details to work out first. Currently waiting for a response.
  * 2016-06-13, Allan has sent them a copy of the agreement to sign. Waiting to hear back.

 * GUADEC Manchester bid
  * 2016-05-09
   * The Board received a bid from Manchester for GUADEC 2017
   * There's a document to review
   * ACTION: Kat will collect and send comments once we have reviewed the document
  * 2016-05-23
   * Action item still pending for Kat to collect/send feedback

 * Owncloud shared calendar for the board
  * 2016-05-23, ACTION: Allan will try if it's functional enough for us to use it now
  * 2016-06-06, Allan's tried it and reminders don't seem to work. Needs to follow up.
  * 2016-06-20, Since it works for Andrea, but not for Allan, help would be welcome from someone else for testing.

 * Annual report
  * 2016-06-06: financial report is still missing, printing requires having an hard deadline set, ideally mid-week
  * 2016-06-13: texts all gathered now, undergoing editing and layout
  * 2016-06-20, Layout in progress, got some quotes from print shop. Will need budget soon, but should be cheaper than last year (should be around $300)


=== Ongoing but stalled ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days.'''

 * ED search update
  * 2015-12-01, No news received in recent weeks, mostly because of holidays
  * 2015-12-08, 3 candidates are going to have a couple of one hour interviews with ~2 members of the hiring committee per interview. Scheduling of these metings is just beginning.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2016-01-12, No updates.
  * 2016-01-19
   * Committee has completed interview with two final candidates 
   * They should have a final answer/proposal to the board within a few weeks
  * 2016-02-02, Expect more news this week - we'll start scheduling interviews soon
  * 2016-02-09
   * Sri from the ED committee wants to present to the Board at next week's meeting
   * A list of candidates that are deemed good and have been vetted by the committee will be presented at the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, The ED Search committee converged on a single candidate
  * 2016-02-23, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-February/msg00003.html
  * 2016-03-14, Jonathan Blandford (jrb) has agreed to lead
  * 2016-04-11, Jonathan mailed the Board mentioning the ED Search Committee is back on track, they'll start meeting on a regular basis again
  * 2016-05-09
   * There was a question about whether we should revise the position/job description, but the Board did not come to a conclusion on this in previous discussion
   * ACTION: Rosanna to tell Jonathan to go ahead with the job search

 * Google Play account
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Alexandre to follow up with the Release Team about this
  * 2015-12-08, Alexandre mailed the Release Team today, still waiting for an answer.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Release team did not come to an agreement/conclusion. Unclear what next steps should be

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
  * 2015-12-08 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Shaun will try to pick it up this week

 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors -  https://etherpad.gnome.org/p/attracting-contributors-discussion
  * 2016-01-05, Item has been deferred.
  * 2016-02-09, Allan and Jeff have a list of ideas, we could rank them by feasibility/effectiveness and take action on the first few

 * Bitcoins donations data
  * Tobi is the only person with access to the Bitcoin donations data
  * 2016-02-23, ACTION: Alexandre to get in touch with him about this
  * 2016-03-01, Account is on BitPay using friends< at >gnome.org

 * Conference sponsorships
  * 2016-03-15
   * ACTION: Kat to adapt a contract from previous years' conference brochures
   * ACTION: Jeff to chase the companies for a second time after the pages (where the status of whether/which companies have been contacted is listed) are up to date

 * Friends of GNOME
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Andrea to get in touch with Tobi about what he needs in order to migrate the Paypal scripts over to the GNOME Foundation Infrastructure
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Shaun to investigate other possible solutions to mere Python scripts + Paypal API solution
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to investigate what information is needed to answer friends< at >gnome.org queries, with a view to potentially turning off paypal notifications to that address.
   * 2016-04-11: Allan has documented the result of conversations with Rosanna and Tobi here: https://wiki.gnome.org/Engagement/FriendsOfGNOME/FAQ . Next step is to discuss the privacy aspests.
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to get in touch with the Engagement team about all this as a first step,with a view to recruiting people to maintain Friends of GNOME and document how it operates.
  * 2016-04-11, ACTION: Alexandre to request more information about the donation data from the European donations system (Wau Holland Stiftung Foundation)

  * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
   * 2016-04-11, There's a proposal (by Allan) to sell third party merchandise during GNOME events

 * Google ad grant
  * 2016-02-02, Alexandre to follow up with the procedure to get registered
  * 2016-02-09 to 2016-02-23, No updates
  * 2016-03-01, Shaun will ask his contacts about TechSoup as joining the organization is required for us to be recognized as a non-profit from Google
  * 2016-04-11, Rosanna to provide Shaun the needed tax-related documentation (IRS Data check should be enough for Google to assign the grant if the non-profit is US based)

 * GUADEC registration fee vs donation system
  * 2016-05-02, ACTION: Alexandre to ask WHS about the fee

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days and have no Director assigned'''

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks (last discussion from 2016-01-05)
  * 2016-01-12, Awaiting for Andrea's reply
  * 2016-01-19
   * Andrea replied back to Jeff
   * Jeff to bring the item back during any of the upcoming meetings
  * 2016-02-23, Jeff un-assigned the action item from himself, no current assignee


== Nice to have ==

'''This section includes items which we would love to see happen at some point but lack the time to effectively become reality'''

 * Web page for prior pants winners
  * Shaun and Allan to do this

 * Contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
  * Kat to draft this

 * Gifts situation
   * Inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service
   * Christian to investigate

 * Licensing of artwork and visual assets
  * Engagement team doesn't always licence photos on gnome.org and soon. We need guidelines for them to follow.
  * Allan and Sri to draft guidelines and discuss withthe Engagement Team

 * Privacy campaign funds
  * Previous plan was for Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
  * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds

 * GNOME logo use by podiatrist - possible trademark infringement
  * Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)

 * Money raised for defense against Groupon
  * Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon

 * Logo usage for t-shirts
  * Allan to carry on with the process and follow up and have some general guidelines written down for future cases

 * Standard code of conduct for GNOME annual events (so we don't have to reinvent the wheel each year)
  * Cosimo to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events

 * Privacy policy for GNOME services
  * Current draft is at https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/Privacy
  * Sysadmin Team's NDA should also be covered when dealing with this item
  * Andrea to write up the policy

 * gnome-software privacy issues
  * Software sends information to third parties; could have legal implications for GNOME
  * Allan to look at this

 * Photography policy for GNOME conferences
  * Cosimo to draft a proposal to discuss on foundation-list

== Completed actions ==

 * Possible election challenge
  * ACTION: Andrea to mail foundation-announce to inform the membership about the issue asking whether the wrong rewrite rule affected anyone on the membership

 * Having board meeting with new board members
  * ACTION: Shaun to mail new members asking participation to next meeting, particularly to GUADEC's meeting too


June 22, 2016

GNOME 3.21.3 released

Hello all,

GNOME 3.21.3, the third snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle, is now
available. You want it!

To compile GNOME 3.21.3, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
[2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.3/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.21.2 and 3.21.3
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.3/NEWS
apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.3/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.3 release is available here:

core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.3/
apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.3/

(Note that graphene was dropped due to a technical snafu. It will be
returning in 3.21.4.)

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

This release is a snapshot of early 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 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

--
Michael Catanzaro
GNOME Release Team

June 18, 2016

Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 13th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, June 13th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, June 20th, 19:30 UTC

Wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20160613

== Attending ==

 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Alexandre Franke
 * Shaun McCance
 * Andrea Veri
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Allan Day
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Jeff F. T.


== Regrets ==


== Missing ==


== Agenda ==

 * Possible elections challenge
 * Having board meeting with new board members

=== Ongoing ===

'''The following section is part of the Agenda and includes items which have seen updates in the last 30 days.  Items which have been updated more than 30 days ago are listed under the "Ongoing but stalled" section.'''

 * Unixstickers
 * GUADEC Manchester bid
 * Owncloud shared calendar for the board
 * Annual report completion

== Minutes ==


 * Possible elections challenge
  * https://mail.gnome.org/archives/membership-committee/2016-June/msg00003.html and follow-ups
  * Tobias Mueller reported the URL for elections rules was pointing to the 2014's edition (https://vote.gnome.org/2014/rules.html) during this year's elections run. The redirect rule was updated but the htaccess file wasn't honored
   * https://git.gnome.org/browse/foundation-web/commit/?id=0e53f3c07ccd011e9a6f26215a98057ececeed5c
  * The target URL in question is http://foundation.gnome.org/electionrules.html, as listed on the Bylaws at https://people.gnome.org/~tobiasmue/bylaws2012/bylaws.html#election-and-term-of-office-of-directors
  * Mueller claims the 2014 election rules, where the redirect pointed to, would have denied voting to members which instead had the right to vote, as the timelines were different. (https://mail.gnome.org/archives/membership-committee/2016-June/msg00008.html)
  * On the other hand, 2016's elections rules were publicly available at https://vote.gnome.org/2016/rules.html and the original announcement (https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00006.html) had the correct timeline listed. Specifically, the '''electorate''' section of the announce clearly mentioned "Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 2016-05-21 is eligible to vote in the elections".
  * Although he seems to not want to challenge the election results, we might still want to inform the membership about the inconsistency on the rewrite rule
  * ACTION: Andrea to mail foundation-announce to inform the membership about the issue asking whether the wrong rewrite rule affected anyone

 * Having board meeting with new board members
  * Challenge period ends on the 17th, let's invite them on the 20th
  * New Board members that should be joining: Meg, Jim, Nuritzi
  * ACTION: Shaun to mail new members asking participation to next meeting, particularly to GUADEC's meeting too

== Ongoing ==

'''This section includes items which have seen an update in the last 30 days. Format is "YYYY-MM-DD, action|discussion|abstract" for this and subsequent minutes sections'''

 * Unixstickers
  * 2016-02-02
   * Allan has an action item to follow up with this
   * Kat put some information on the agreements page for similar cases
  * 2016-02-09, Allan drafted email - need to send that out
  * 2016-02-16, Allan has been in touch with them. Got a good response and sent a draft agreement document. Will be having a call with them on Friday.
  * 2016-02-23 (excerpts taken from the mailing list)
   * Allan confirms the Unixstickers team read the draft trademark agreement and acknowledged it
   * 10% of the proceeds will be returned back as royalties
   * Only GNOME sticakers are sold right now, the idea is to encourage them to also sell t-shirts and mugs
  * 2016-03-01, Allan followed up and is now waiting to hear back to Unixstickers
  * 2016-03-08, Allan to ask who will pay for postage
  * 2016-03-22, they'll pay for sticker postage
  * 2016-04-04, Allan has asked Pam to draft an agreement for them to sign. Waiting to hear back.
  * 2016-05-02
   * Pam sent a draft back to the Board, certain details (such as royalty prices for items) are still to be discussed
   * A vote has happened on the mailing list as a general "we're good with it" approval, another vote will be required before signing it
  * 2016-05-23, we got a signed agreement back, but there's some details to work out first. Currently waiting for a response.
  * 2016-06-13, Allan has sent them a copy of the agreement to sign. Waiting to hear back.

 * GUADEC Manchester bid
  * 2016-05-09
   * The Board received a bid from Manchester for GUADEC 2017
   * There's a document to review
   * ACTION: Kat will collect and send comments once we have reviewed the document
  * 2016-05-23
   * Action item still pending for Kat to collect/send feedback

 * Owncloud shared calendar for the board
  * 2016-05-23, ACTION: Allan will try if it's functional enough for us to use it now
  * 2016-06-06, Allan's tried it and reminders don't seem to work. Needs to follow up.

 * Annual report
  * 2016-06-06: financial report is still missing, printing requires having an hard deadline set, ideally mid-week
  * 2016-06-13: texts all gathered now, undergoing editing and layout

=== Ongoing but stalled ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days.'''

 * ED search update
  * 2015-12-01, No news received in recent weeks, mostly because of holidays
  * 2015-12-08, 3 candidates are going to have a couple of one hour interviews with ~2 members of the hiring committee per interview. Scheduling of these metings is just beginning.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2016-01-12, No updates.
  * 2016-01-19
   * Committee has completed interview with two final candidates 
   * They should have a final answer/proposal to the board within a few weeks
  * 2016-02-02, Expect more news this week - we'll start scheduling interviews soon
  * 2016-02-09
   * Sri from the ED committee wants to present to the Board at next week's meeting
   * A list of candidates that are deemed good and have been vetted by the committee will be presented at the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, The ED Search committee converged on a single candidate
  * 2016-02-23, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-February/msg00003.html
  * 2016-03-14, Jonathan Blandford (jrb) has agreed to lead
  * 2016-04-11, Jonathan mailed the Board mentioning the ED Search Committee is back on track, they'll start meeting on a regular basis again
  * 2016-05-09
   * There was a question about whether we should revise the position/job description, but the Board did not come to a conclusion on this in previous discussion
   * ACTION: Rosanna to tell Jonathan to go ahead with the job search

 * Google Play account
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Alexandre to follow up with the Release Team about this
  * 2015-12-08, Alexandre mailed the Release Team today, still waiting for an answer.
  * 2015-12-15 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Release team did not come to an agreement/conclusion. Unclear what next steps should be

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
  * 2015-12-08 to 2016-01-19, No updates.
  * 2016-02-02, Shaun will try to pick it up this week

 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors -  https://etherpad.gnome.org/p/attracting-contributors-discussion
  * 2016-01-05, Item has been deferred.
  * 2016-02-09, Allan and Jeff have a list of ideas, we could rank them by feasibility/effectiveness and take action on the first few

 * Bitcoins donations data
  * Tobi is the only person with access to the Bitcoin donations data
  * 2016-02-23, ACTION: Alexandre to get in touch with him about this
  * 2016-03-01, Account is on BitPay using friends< at >gnome.org

 * Conference sponsorships
  * 2016-03-15
   * ACTION: Kat to adapt a contract from previous years' conference brochures
   * ACTION: Jeff to chase the companies for a second time after the pages (where the status of whether/which companies have been contacted is listed) are up to date

 * Friends of GNOME
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Andrea to get in touch with Tobi about what he needs in order to migrate the Paypal scripts over to the GNOME Foundation Infrastructure
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Shaun to investigate other possible solutions to mere Python scripts + Paypal API solution
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to investigate what information is needed to answer friends< at >gnome.org queries, with a view to potentially turning off paypal notifications to that address.
   * 2016-04-11: Allan has documented the result of conversations with Rosanna and Tobi here: https://wiki.gnome.org/Engagement/FriendsOfGNOME/FAQ . Next step is to discuss the privacy aspests.
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to get in touch with the Engagement team about all this as a first step,with a view to recruiting people to maintain Friends of GNOME and document how it operates.
  * 2016-04-11, ACTION: Alexandre to request more information about the donation data from the European donations system (Wau Holland Stiftung Foundation)

  * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
   * 2016-04-11, There's a proposal (by Allan) to sell third party merchandise during GNOME events

 * Google ad grant
  * 2016-02-02, Alexandre to follow up with the procedure to get registered
  * 2016-02-09 to 2016-02-23, No updates
  * 2016-03-01, Shaun will ask his contacts about TechSoup as joining the organization is required for us to be recognized as a non-profit from Google
  * 2016-04-11, Rosanna to provide Shaun the needed tax-related documentation (IRS Data check should be enough for Google to assign the grant if the non-profit is US based)

 * GUADEC registration fee vs donation system
  * 2016-05-02, ACTION: Alexandre to ask WHS about the fee

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

'''This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days and have no Director assigned'''

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks (last discussion from 2016-01-05)
  * 2016-01-12, Awaiting for Andrea's reply
  * 2016-01-19
   * Andrea replied back to Jeff
   * Jeff to bring the item back during any of the upcoming meetings
  * 2016-02-23, Jeff un-assigned the action item from himself, no current assignee


== Nice to have ==

'''This section includes items which we would love to see happen at some point but lack the time to effectively become reality'''

 * Web page for prior pants winners
  * Shaun and Allan to do this

 * Contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
  * Kat to draft this

 * Gifts situation
   * Inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service
   * Christian to investigate

 * Licensing of artwork and visual assets
  * Engagement team doesn't always licence photos on gnome.org and soon. We need guidelines for them to follow.
  * Allan and Sri to draft guidelines and discuss withthe Engagement Team

 * Privacy campaign funds
  * Previous plan was for Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
  * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds

 * GNOME logo use by podiatrist - possible trademark infringement
  * Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)

 * Money raised for defense against Groupon
  * Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon

 * Logo usage for t-shirts
  * Allan to carry on with the process and follow up and have some general guidelines written down for future cases

 * Standard code of conduct for GNOME annual events (so we don't have to reinvent the wheel each year)
  * Cosimo to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events

 * Privacy policy for GNOME services
  * Current draft is at https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/Privacy
  * Sysadmin Team's NDA should also be covered when dealing with this item
  * Andrea to write up the policy

 * gnome-software privacy issues
  * Software sends information to third parties; could have legal implications for GNOME
  * Allan to look at this

 * Photography policy for GNOME conferences
  * Cosimo to draft a proposal to discuss on foundation-list

== Completed actions ==

 * Lyon for events
  * 2016-06-06, Alexandre to get in touch with Bastien about the e-mail the Board received from an Events society based in Lion asking whether we could be interested in hosting GUADEC there


Final Results - GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Elections 2016

Hello Foundation!

The preliminary results for this year's elections were not challenged.
This means, in the next term, our Board of Directors will be composed
of the following Foundation members:

 Allan Day
 Cosimo Cecchi
 Shaun McCance
 Nuritzi Sanchez
 Alexandre Franke
 Jim Hall
 Meg Ford

Congratulations! And many, many thanks to all Foundation members who
participated and voted. I hope the engagement and excitement we saw
during the elections remain active for the year :)

Cheers,
Andrea - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee
_______________________________________________
foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >gnome.org
https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce

June 17, 2016

GUADEC 2016 conference and workshop registration opens

Hello,

GUADEC 2016[1] (GNOME Users and Developers European Conference) will
take place in Karlsruhe, Germany with the core days on 12.–14. August.
In addition to the usual BoFs and hackfests after the core days
(15.–17. August) this years GUADEC will also feature a number of one
day workshops on 11. August[2] which provide hands on training. This
years schedule on the core days will also be extended with a number
unconference style talk slots[3] that allow presentations and
discussions on recent developments.

The registration system[4] is now open and you can register for both
the conference and workshops. Workshop attendance is limited and slots
are provided on a first come first serve basis. Once registered for the
event do not forget that we also provide a set of badges[5] you can use
to share the news in your blog!


About GUADEC

The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), is an
annual conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the
development of the GNOME desktop environment which sees many
participants from all over the world.

[1] https://2016.guadec.org
[2] https://2016.guadec.org/workshops/
[3] https://2016.guadec.org/talks#unconference
[4] https://registration.guadec.org/
[5] https://2016.guadec.org/materials/
_______________________________________________
foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >gnome.org
https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce

GNOME 3.21.3 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-06-20 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.3
unstable 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 3.21.3. 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!


For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.21
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

June 14, 2016

Error in Board of Directors elections rules redirect URL

Dear Foundation Members,

a report was recently received by the Membership Committee regarding
an inconsistency relating to a URL redirect used for the elections
rules, as originally included and found on the Bylaws [1]. The URL in
question is [2] and has been pointing - due to a human error and a
technical problem in the internal web server rewrite rules file [3] -
to the 2014 elections rules URL [4].

All the announcements [5], timelines and details contained on each of
the ballots you received were correct and only the aforementioned URL
was pointing to the wrong resource.

The GNOME Foundation and all its internal bodies value openness and
transparency. As such we wanted to make the membership aware of this
error. If anyone has been affected by this oversight, felt confused
and wasn't able to vote please report it to the Membership & Elections
Committee at [6].

We would like to thank Tobias Mueller for the original report.

Cheers,
Andrea - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee

[1] https://people.gnome.org/~tobiasmue/bylaws2012/bylaws.html#election-and-term-of-office-of-directors
[2] http://foundation.gnome.org/electionrules.html
[3] https://git.gnome.org/browse/foundation-web/commit/?id=0e53f3c07ccd011e9a6f26215a98057ececeed5c
[4] https://vote.gnome.org/2014/
[5] https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00006.html
[6] membership-committee< at >gnome.org

June 13, 2016

Call for Participation in the Libre Application Summit sponsored by GNOME

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Participation in Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME). The conference will be held from September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon, and brings together developers, entrepreneurs, and FOSS enthusiasts for discussion and debate of the future of Linux apps.

LAS GNOME is the conference to attend if you want to create a business around Linux-based applications, release your applications to multiple distributions at the same time, and/or create the conditions necessary to reach a wider audience for your current Linux apps.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecosystem: business, legal, community, and social issues
  • Platforms: deep low-level topics around hardware, drivers, and tools
  • Distribution: collaborating with established distributions (like OpenSuse), inter-distribution cooperation, QA and continuous integration.
  • Development: toolkits, X/Wayland, security, runtimes, SDK, development tools.

Proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers are welcomed alike. When submitting your proposal, please keep in mind that talk slots are 45 minutes long.

The call for talks will have the following timeline:

        July 15th: deadline for submitting your talk proposals through http://lasreg.gnome.org/

        August 1st: speakers will be notified if their talk has been accepted

        September 19th-21st: core conference days in Portland, Oregon

The papers team is looking forward to your talk proposal. In case of questions regarding the call for talks, please contact the papers team at papers@las.gnome org. For general questions regarding the conference, please consult the LAS GNOME website or contact the LAS GNOME organizing team.

May 27, 2016

GNOME 3.21.2 Released

Hi!

The second snapshot of the GNOME 3.21 cycle is now available!!

To compile GNOME 3.21.2, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
[2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.2/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.21.1 and 3.21.2
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.2/NEWS
apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.2/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.2 release is available here:

core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.2
apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.2

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

This release is a snapshot of early 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 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

May 20, 2016

GNOME 3.21.2 unstable tarballs due (responsible: jjardon)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-05-23 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.2
unstable 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 3.21.2. 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!


For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.21
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

May 18, 2016

Announcing the Debut of LAS GNOME Conference in Portland, OR

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME), which will be held on September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon. LAS GNOME is a new conference that aims to advance the state of the GNU/Linux application ecosystem by increasing collaboration with the Linux Kernel and major Linux distributions, and by attracting and empowering application developers both big and small.

Companies and individuals alike will mix with members from a diverse set of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities. Together, they will collaborate on actionable goals to further evolve the application market in GNU/Linux, create and design better application development tools, and improve the developer and user experience in general for the GNU/Linux desktop. The event will also focus on the social and community aspects of FOSS application development.

GNOME technologies will be showcased at LAS GNOME as an example of how we create, distribute, and form communities around applications for both commercial and noncommercial purposes. We encourage the larger Free and Open Source community to support this effort by attending this conference and learning more about how we can create momentum around a GNU/Linux application ecosystem.

You can find out more and register for LAS GNOME at las.gnome.org. Please help make LAS GNOME a success by attending and promoting this event!

 

 

Photo: “Tilikum Crossing”, CC-BY-SA 4.0 MojaveNC 

May 12, 2016

GNOME 3.20.2 released

Hello all,

The latest release of GNOME is here: GNOME 3.20.2.

This is the second and final release for the 3.20 branch; this update
brings many bug fixes and improvements as well as documentation and
translation updates.


For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.20, please
visit our release notes:
  https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.20/
and watch our release video:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU2f_jkPRq4


Packages should shortly arrive in your distribution of choice, and if
you want to compile GNOME 3.20.2 by yourself, you can use the jhbuild
modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.20.2/

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.20/3.20.2/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.20/3.20.2/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.20/3.20.2/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.20/3.20.2/sources/



Thanks for using GNOME,

        Fred

May 04, 2016

Red Hat Donates Servers to the GNOME Project

ORINDA CA. The GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their recent donation of two new servers. The donation is part of a wider plan aiming to consolidate the location of the various GNOME servers around the globe into one single datacenter. This will help ease day-to-day operations and reduce intervention time in the case of network disruptions or outages.

Each donated server has 128GB of RAM, 48 cores and comes with an Enterprise SSD made for high throughput. This will greatly improve the running of services like build.gnome.org and sdk.gnome.org.

Once again, the GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their continued sponsorship of servers, internet bandwidth and local hardware-related IT support.

April 27, 2016

The GNOME Foundation welcomes ARM device donations

ORINDA CA. The GNOME Project is delighted to announce that it has received the donation of a large number of ARM hardware, which will be used for development and testing purposes. These donations were made by a variety of companies, including ARM, Banana Pi, Codethink, Endless and Qualcomm. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to each of these partners for their help in this important initiative.

The donated systems will be used to build and test GNOME technologies and applications on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the ARM architecture. This will allow binary GNOME releases for ARM, as a part of the sdk.gnome.org initiative. ARM support for the GNOME Continuous project is also planned, so that the latest development versions of the whole GNOME stack will be continuously built and tested on ARM architectures.

The ability to run GNOME software on ARM architectures promises to open up a range of computing devices to GNOME developers and distributors. This includes low cost desktop devices, including Raspberry Pi and Endless. It also opens the possibility of running GNOME software on mobile devices more easily. In so doing, these donations help to further GNOME’s mission to bring complete Free Software solutions to as many people as possible.

The following companies and people helped secure ARM donations for the Foundation:

ARM
Andrew Wafaa from ARM quickly responded to our request and reached out internally to find us some hardware. In just a few weeks, he was able to secure an OVERDRIVE 3000 from SoftIron which has an octa-core AMD Opteron A1100 64-bit Cortex A57 ARM processor with 16Gb of RAM and 1TB hard disk. This machine is already hosted in the Red Hat Phoenix datacenter where other GNOME servers are located.

Banana Pi
Leo Xu from Banana Pi reached out to us and donated a total of five Single Board Computers with different Allwinner ARM chips. We will send them to developers interested in enabling such hardware for use with GNOME.

Codethink & Endless
Paul Sherwood from Codethink reached out to us offering us several blades on Codethink’s HP Moonshot system hosted by them in the UK. Endless is sponsoring a project with Codethink to use this hardware to make xdg-app runtime, SDK and app builds for ARM.

Qualcomm
Manik Taneja and Victor Ruiz from Canonical reached out to Ketal Gandhi at Qualcomm about GNOME’s need for ARM hardware. Gandhi was able to have Qualcomm donate four Dragonboard 410c Single Board Computers from the 96boards project. These boards will provide a great platform for application developers who want to test their apps in ARM.

Other Sources of Help

The Foundation would also like to give its thanks to several other people who offered help:

  • Arc Riley who kindly offered rack space
  • Michael Larabel from Phoronix who offered a lot of unused PandaBoards
  • Kevin Fenzi from Fedora who offered hardware from the Fedora infrastructure
  • Mikael Frykholm from Tranquillity Hosting offered us rack space
  • David Tischler from miniNodes offered to buy Raspberry Pi 3s for us if needed
  • Yann Leger from Scaleway who committed to offer ARM servers in the future

Some of the donated ARM boards have already been sent to GNOME contributors to begin development, and the Foundation encourages others to get involved.

Thanks once again to all concerned – the GNOME Foundation sincerely appreciates the support.

March 23, 2016

GNOME 3.20 Released: Major New Features, Many Refinements

We are excited to announce the release of GNOME 3.20. This latest version of GNOME 3 is the result of six months of development and includes 28,933 changes, made by approximately 870 contributors.

3.20 has been named “Delhi” in recognition of this year’s GNOME.Asia organizing team. GNOME.Asia is an important annual GNOME event, and is only possible due to the hard work of local volunteers. This year it will be held in Delhi, India between the 21st and 24th of April.

Making the announcement, the Release Team’s Matthias Clasen thanked the GNOME community for the work that went into the release, saying “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you.”

Highlights for 3.20 include:

  • OS upgrades can now be installed using Software
  • Wayland support has improved significantly, with kinetic scrolling, drag-and-drop, and middle-click paste
  • Keyboard shortcuts and gestures can be easily learned with new shortcut overlay windows
  • Privacy controls have been improved with per-application location access
  • Quick access to media controls directly from the shell
  • Searching in Files has been much improved
  • Builder can now build XDG-Apps, a new cross-distro framework for building and distributing desktop applications. These can also be installed directly from GNOME Software

You can find more information about these changes and much more in the release notes.

Press

Press queries can be directed to gnome-press-contact@gnome.org. A screenshot pack is available for download.

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