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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 22, 2016

GNOME Board of Directors Foundation Elections 2016 - Candidates

Hello Foundation Members,

It's that time of the year again! I'm happy to announce the following
candidates for this year's Board of Directors elections:

* Allan Day
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00003.html

* Alexandre Franke
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00004.html

* Cosimo Cecchi
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00007.html

* Nuritzi Sanchez
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00008.html

* Shaun McCance
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00010.html

* Meg Ford
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00011.html

* Siska Iskandar
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00012.html

* Jim Hall
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-May/msg00013.html


Please see <https://vote.gnome.org/2016/candidates.html> for more details.

Foundation Members are welcome to ask questions to the candidates on
foundation-list. Please try to avoid duplicates, and bear in mind
candidates invest a lot of time in answering questions.

If you have any questions about the elections process itself, drop us
a line at membership-committee< at >gnome.org.


May 21, 2016

GNOME Board of Directors - candidate - Jim Hall

Hello. I would like to put forward my name for the GNOME Board of
Directors. If elected, this will be my first term on the Board.

Name: Jim Hall
Email: jhall< at >gnome.org
Corporate affiliation: none

I have used GNOME since version 1.0, and since 2012 I have worked with
GNOME on formal usability testing. I have been a member of the GNOME
Foundation since 2014.

I continue to do usability testing with GNOME. I have mentored two cycles
of GNOME usability testing as part of the GNOME Outreach Program for Women
and for Outreachy. Starting May 23, I will mentor three more Outreachy
interns in more usability testing for GNOME.

I figure it is time to do more with GNOME, so I am putting myself forward
for the Board of Directors.

Outside of GNOME, I have been part of free/open source software communities
since 1993. I have written or contributed to dozens of projects, but I am
probably best known for the FreeDOS Project. I also write articles about
free/open source software, including several in *Linux Journal*.

At work, I am the Chief Information Officer at Ramsey County, Minnesota, US.

Thanks,
Jim
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Board of Directors Elections 2016 - Candidacy - Siska Iskandar

*Name : *Siska Iskandar
*Email : *siskandar< at >gnome.org
*Affiliation : *none

Hello Foundation Member,
I would like to announce my candidacy for the Board of Directors this year.

I started to involved in GNOME two years ago when I became involved with
the planning for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 http://2015.GNOME.Asia and fell in
love with its mission. At first, I love how people at GNOME is eager to
learn a new thing and share all the finding or knowledge around the other.
Ever since then I continue to join the community and learn a lot about
GNOME community.

In the 2015 GUADEC I present lightning talk about how the GNOME.Asia 2015
is succeed. I bring a spirit for people who attend GUADEC as I flew for
more than 35 hours to Gutenberg. I meet so many inspiring people that I
always wanted to share in my country.

I volunteer my time helping computer newcomers become acquainted with
GNOME. After returning to my country, I continue a movement called
Perempuan Sadar Teknologi in Indonesia. It is a movement to helping
motherhood and housewives to use FOSS. They are a very base user with no
experience use FOSS at all.  I introduce them to GNOME and the community.

I am also one of the GNOME Engagement Team member. I helped Social Media
Planning in April for GNOME.Asia Summit 2016. I helped spread the words for
CFP, in the middle of event, and other activities.

I want to join the Board to help GNOME increase its reach to more people as
 my experience with end user that give me different perspective on GNOME.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Board of Directors Elections 2016 - Candidacy - Meg Ford

Name: Meg Ford
Email: megford< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: ShoreTel

Dear Foundation Members,

I have been involved in GNOME since 2011. I got involved through the
Outreach Program for Women (Outreachy), and subsequently interned with
GNOME through Google Summer of Code. Currently I am a technical
contributor, and maintain the sound recorder application that I wrote
during my last internship. Recently I have also been volunteering as a
member of the LAS GNOME papers committee.

In my local community I have given talks on GNOME at local events such as
Chicago's Flourish! conference and presented on GNOME outreach at Software
Freedom Day. Jim Campbell and I co-organize the Chicago LUG, which meets at
our local hackerspace. We frequently host talks related to GNOME and other
Linux technologies, and hack on GNOME. Most recently we partnered with the
EFF on a free workshop to teach surveillance self-defense to local
grassroots groups. Additionally I have organized OpenHatch workshops to
teach university students to contribute to FOSS projects and workshops to
teach women Python programming.

I am deeply appreciative of the support and knowledge I have gained as a
member of the community, and I would like to have the opportunity to make a
larger contribution by serving on the Board. I have a personal commitment
to freedom, diversity and inclusion, and I would like to work to make sure
the GNOME remains a welcoming and growing community. I am interested in
helping to ensure that hackfests and bounties are organized and that
contributors have the resources they need to be engaged. I am also
interested in reaching out to prospective sponsors for GNOME as well as
helping to maintain our relationships with our current sponsors.

Thanks,
Meg
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May 20, 2016

Board of Directors Elections 2016 - Candidacy - Shaun McCance

Name: Shaun McCance
Email: shaunm< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

I'm announcing my candidacy for reelection to the Board of Directors
this year. I've served three non-contiguous terms. I served two terms
from 2011 to 2013 as treasurer, and I've served from 2015 to now, and
am the current president.

I am a long-time GNOME contributor. I was the GNOME documentation lead
from 2003 to 2013, and I continue to maintain various documentation
tools. I love GNOME, and I try to contribute however I can, despite my
job involving work on other types of projects.

I do work for Red Hat, though I do not work in the group that works on
GNOME. Red Hat has been very supportive of my work on the Board, for
which I am grateful.

If elected, I do not intend to seek the position of president again. My
travel schedule has interfered with my ability to chair meetings on
more than a few occasions. I'd like to see somebody else take on that
role.

Thanks,
Shaun

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 06, 2016

GNOME 3.20.2 stable tarballs due (responsible: fredp)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-05-09 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.20.2
stable 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 3.20.2. 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 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 29, 2016

GNOME 3.21.1 released

Hi GNOMEers!

development of the next GNOME release, 3.22, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.21.1, is now available. This is a very early snapshot,
and not too much has landed yet; I expect that to change soon.

To compile GNOME 3.21.1, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.1/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.20.1 and 3.21.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.1 release is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1


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 our brandnew
3.21 page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

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.

March 01, 2016

GNOME to participate in Google Summer of Code 2016

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We are happy to announce that GNOME has been accepted to participate in Google Summer of Code 2016. GNOME has participated in the program every year since its inception in 2005 and it’s a pleasure to be participating once again!

Google Summer of Code allows students to work for the summer on a Free Software project. Accepted students receive a stipend to be able to focus on their internship, instead of having to find a summer job (“flip bits, not burgers” as they say), and are mentored by experienced project contributors. It is an excellent way to get involved in a wide range of Free Software projects.

Interested students and mentors can get more info about the program on our Google Summer of Code page. Students will soon be able to apply (opens on March 14th) and should be getting in touch with potential mentors now.

Image provided by Google Summer of Code under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0.

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