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May 04, 2015

Re: Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015

2015-05-04 2:31 GMT+02:00 Andrea Veri <av< at >gnome.org>:


I updated all the references on the vote.gnome.org website and forgot
this one. Mailing elections< at >gnome.org is NOT required anymore, so
please just send your candidacy to the foundation-announce mailing
list and that should be it. Ideally also make sure the 'Reply-To'
header is set to foundation-list as every discussion will happen
there.

Thanks!


Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015

Dear Foundation Members,

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to 
announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring 
2015.

The most important deadlines (UTC) in the timeline are the following:

                          *GNOME Board Elections 2015*
                2015-05-06: List of candidates opens.
                2015-05-18: Last day to announce candidacies, submit summary statements.
                2015-05-21: Final list of candidates.
                2015-05-25: Instructions mailed to eligible voters, voting begins.
                2015-06-08: Voting closes.
                2015-06-10: Preliminary results are announced.
                2015-06-17: Last day to challenge preliminary results.


ELECTIONS
=========

The seven members of our current Board of Directors have been ruling 
GNOME for 12 months now. We, the GNOME Foundation Members, will have 
to elect what will be the Board of Directors for the next year.


CANDIDACY
=========

If you want to run for one of the seven positions on The GNOME 
Foundation Board of Directors, then send an email to 
foundation-announce gnome org and elections gnome org with your full
name, e-mail, corporate affiliation (if any), and your reasons for 
wanting to serve as a director.

Candidacies must be announced prior to 2015-05-18, 23:59 UTC.

All discussion related to the elections should be held on 
foundation-list. Members are invited to ask questions to one or all 
candidates on that list (see below).

A list of candidates will be announced on 2015-05-21.

At this point, you are invited to ask the candidates questions by 
sending them to foundation-list. These candidates might become your 
representative, so do not hesitate to ask them questions.

Please try to avoid asking duplicate questions that others have 
already asked. Also, bear in mind that the candidates invest a lot of 
time answering questions, so please be reasonable with the amount and 
scope of the questions. You can also send your questions to 
membership-committee gnome org instead, so that the committee can 
collect, sift and sort the questions before sending them to 
foundation-list for the candidates to respond. Though, if you prefer 
to ask your questions directly, please do so.


ELECTORATE
==========

Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 
2015-05-21 is eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that 
Emeritus members won't have voting rights. More details about what 
Emeritus members can and can't do are available at 
https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee/EmeritusMembers.

If you are not a member yet, please consider applying for membership 
ASAP. Late applications will most likely not be processed in time.

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee do inform 
members they need to renew by mailing them once a month both on their 
personal e-mail and on the foundation-list mailing list. We recommend 
that members to also double check this to avoid a missed opportunity 
to vote. Please verify that the email address that is associated with 
your GNOME Foundation membership is valid and that you are able to 
read emails sent to this address. With the introduction of
https://account.gnome.org verifying this information is now possible
by just loggin in with your GNOME Account. Your password can be reset
with the following command:

ssh -l gnome_userid account.gnome.org

A new password will be e-mailed directly to the registered e-mail for 
your account. In case the above solution won't work or you don't know 
what your username is please get in touch with the GNOME Accounts Team 
at accounts< at >gnome.org.

You can verify your membership status by visiting 
https://foundation.gnome.org/membership/members.php and looking for 
your name, 
surname on the list of members. You can also verify your last renewal 
date by highlighting your name, surname with your mouse and waiting a 
little second for the date to appear correctly.


VOTING
======

The Electorate will receive complete instructions on how to vote by 
2015-05-25 via email.

The 7 candidates who receive the most votes as counted by a single 
transferable vote system (Scottish STV) will be elected, except that 
no more than two individuals affiliated with any one corporation may 
be elected.

In the event of a tie for the final slot on the board, the Elections 
Committee will schedule run-off elections as soon as possible.

---

More information about The GNOME Foundation Membership Committee and 
the voting process can be found here:

  https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee
  https://vote.gnome.org



May 03, 2015

GNOME 3.17.1 released

Hi GNOMErs!

The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available.

To compile GNOME 3.17.1, 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/3.17.1/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1


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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our brandnew
3.17 page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

April 25, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of April, 04th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, April 10th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on April 30th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova

== Board meeting ==

 * Agreement with Conservancy about Outreachy (due by April 28)
   * vote on the waiver for Pamela Chestek
    * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-April/msg00105.html
    * Vote has been deferred to the mailing list as Andrea and Jeff would prefer reading the waiver outside from meeting's time. Karen and Marina to abstain.

 * Adboard outreach
   * Jeff reached the adboard out
    * a date was proposed for the next adboard meeting to happen over the phone
    * a discussion was started on when the adboard meeting at GUADEC should be scheduled (before or after the core days during the BOFs)
     * we should start discussing a possible date for the board meeting at GUADEC as well
   * outreach phone calls to individual adboard members
     * Who would like to participate in doing the actual calls?
      * Jeff to do it, and Sri + Karen can probably do 1 call each depending on the adboard member

 * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes
  * ACTION: Kat to mail Marta back asking for more details on how the total amount we should pay was reached

 * GNOME Peru Fest 2015 expenses
  * The Board approved a reimbursement amount of $500 in January
   * https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-February/msg00000.html
  * Julita revised the amount we should be reimbursing her from $716.94 to $542.23
  * ACTION: Jeff to get back to Julita asking for the receipts as they weren't attached on the last e-mail she sent us

 * HELLOTUX shirt sample evaluation
  * HELLOTUX is proposing the Board to start selling t-shirts with the GNOME logo embroidered on them
  * Bastian Hougaard was sent a t-shirt sample from HELLOTUX which he positively commented
  * Kat confirmed (on IRC) her trust on Bastian on this matter and would suggest him to continue communications with the company until they're ready for a contract with the GNOME Foundation
  * Sample agreements at the bottom of https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate. More information at https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Trademark.
  * ACTION: Sri to check with the engagement team for validating this, and then we'd need to sign a formal agreement

 * Meeting/Coordination with the local GUADEC 2015 team (from foundation-list: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2015-April/msg00038.html)
  * The Board will try to join for an IRC meeting and will continue helping find more volunteers
  * ACTION: Jeff to ask: in addition to requesting the board to be c.c.ed on calls for guadec team IRC meetings, invite the GUADEC team to a portion of the next board meeting

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * ED search
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * ED Search Committee
  * Invitations to the ED Search Committee have been sent out to the interested parties
  * Possible members of the Committee have started replying back to the invitations asking more details about how the Committee is going to operate
  * The Committee and its members will be publicly announced as soon as all the accessions have been received

 * Increasing the GNOME.Asia Summit allocated travel budget by $1764 to cover accommodation (but no speaker's dinner)
  * The Board previously approved a grand total of $8800 which was allocated to the Travel Committee
   * https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-April/msg00002.html
  * The GNOME.Asia organizers got in touch with the Board requesting an additional amount of $1764
  * VOTE: +1 Karen, Jeff, Andrea, Marina, Kat

 * GitCafe is kindly sponsoring GUADEC 2015 as a bronze sponsor, thanks for your support!

 * Sending payments to two OPW interns from May 2014 round
  * Two interns did not receive their payments for the 2014 round
  * A vote is required from the Board as the payments would be covered outside of the usual time window to make payments for an internship. 
  * Funds have been received by the relevant sponsors and verified by the Board.
  * VOTE: +1 Marina, Tobi, Jeff, Andrea

 * Change on "Attorney of Record" on the GNOME Trademarks registration
  * The GNOME Trademarks registration required an update both in terms of the assigned "Attorney of Record" and on the Correspondent address 
    which still listed our old Massachusetts address
  * Having an "Attorney of Record" on the registrations would be a benefit when it comes to receiving US PTO's notifications related to 
    renewals or other maintenance tasks on the trademarks.
  * Maintenance tasks on the registrations (i.e renewals) can be handled even without a registered "Attorney of Record".
  * Andrea discussed the matter with Pam and came to the conclusion that having an "Attorney of Record" address would become a single 
    point of failure in case the attorney becames unavailable.
  * Andrea's proposal has been to not have an "Attorney of Record" at all and keep the changes on the trademark registrations as simple as 
    updating the address of the GNOME Foundation to its new location. The GNOME Foundation and its addresses will match both the owner 
    and the correspondence fields, that way we will ensure possible notifications by the PTO will be registered on our archives and 
    received by many. (as the correspondence e-mails will be both legal-private< at >gnome.org and board< at >gnome.org)
  * VOTE: +1 Andrea, Marina, Jeff, Karen, Kat, Sri
  * Long term we definitely want to set up some sort of shared calendar (maybe a shared .ics file we can import on our calendars) and 
    keep track of the renewal dates ourself.

== Completed actions ==
 * Karen will check email address on file with trademark office and identify the place we have the next renewal date recorded on the wiki to be sure we have a mechanism for doing this on-time
 * Rosanna to check the remaining amount assigned to the Travel Committee back in October 2014. (amount is $1183.44)

== Pending action items ==
 * GUADEC 2015 organization: Jeff ask the GUADEC 2015 organization team to keep the Board c.c.ed on calls for GUADEC irc meetings, additionally invite the GUADEC team to a portion of the next Board meeting
 * HELLOTUX t-shirts with GNOME's logo: Sri to check with the engagement team for validation for this, and then we'd need to sign a formal agreement
 * GNOME Peru Fest 2015: Jeff to get back to Julita asking for the receipts as they weren't attached on the last e-mail she sent us
 * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes: Kat to mail Marta back asking for more details on how the total amount we should pay was reached
 * Board 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
 * 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
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * 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
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin


April 24, 2015

GNOME 3.17.1 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-04-27 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.1
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 3.17.1. 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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.17
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

April 23, 2015

REMINDER: Call for Presentations for GUADEC 2015

Hi everyone;

this is a reminder that the CfP for GUADEC 2015 is still open, but the
submission period will end on May 3rd.

GUADEC is the annual conference of the GNOME community, held in Europe
since 2000. GNOME is a free software project which drives user
interfaces of many GNU/Linux-powered devices, ranging from smartphones
to laptops and personal media centers. GUADEC is the world's largest
gathering of users and developers who are involved with the free
desktop and mobile user interfaces. GUADEC is expected to draw
hundreds of attendees who will discuss and direct the future of the
GNOME project. Developers, artists, translators, users, and
representatives from government, education, and businesses, and anyone
else who shares an interest are welcome.

GUADEC 2015 will be held for the first time in Gothenburg, Sweden. The
conference will be held August 7th to August 9th, with extra days
afterwards available after the core conference days for hackfests and
meetings.

The schedule of the conference mirrors the ongoing development of the
GNOME project:

  * Design of the core user experience (core applications, shell, toolkit)
  * Design of the developer experience (tools, documentation, services)
  * Integration and extension of the operating system plumbings into the core UX
  * Application development and deployment
  * Integration of web technologies into the GNOME user experience
  * Improving the user experience on different form factors
  * Outreach to new contributors
  * Organization and governance of the project

Submissions that do not fit into these categories are also welcome,
provided that they are relevant or inspirational to the GNOME
community.

The Call for Participation for GUADEC 2015 has the following timeline:

  1. Sunday, May 3rd: Deadline for submission of abstracts
  2. Sunday, May 17th: Notification of speakers
  3. August 7th to 9th: The conference takes place in Gothenburg, Sweden

Please submit your proposals before May 3rd through the online
submission system available on the GUADEC website, available at:
https://www.guadec.org.

On behalf of the GUADEC papers committee,
 Emmanuele Bassi

GNOME 3.17/3.18 Schedule available

Hey everybody,

the release schedule for GNOME 3.17/3.18 is out now:

   https://wiki.gnome.org/ThreePointSeventeen

(also linked from https://wiki.gnome.org/MaintainersCorner )

Cheers,
andre

April 16, 2015

GNOME 3.16.1 is out

Hello all,

Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.16, it has many fixes, various
improvements, documentation and translation updates, we hope you'll
enjoy it.

We will soon publish the schedule for our next releases, and a first
development release, 3.17.1, should soon hit the streets.

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.16, please
visit our release notes:

 https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.16/


==============================
Release Details and References
==============================

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.16/3.16.1/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.16/3.16.1/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.16/3.16.1/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.16/3.16.1/sources/

And if you want to compile GNOME 3.16.1 by yourself, you can use the
jhbuild modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.16.1/


See you next time!

        Fred

April 10, 2015

GNOME 3.16.1 newstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-04-13 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.1
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 3.16.1. 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 3.15, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.15
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

April 07, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of March, 27th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, March 27th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on April 10th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * GNOME.Asia summit budget
  * Two sponsors have been found as of today (SUSE and GitCafe)
  * The organization team requires a financial help from the GNOME Foundation
   * 8,800 USD are expected for the travel reimbursements. This amount will be managed by the Travel Committee on a per applicant basis.
    * Is this part of the funds that were allocated/preapproved 6k for the travel committee in October?
     * The Board approved a 6k USD budget for the Travel Committee in October: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2014-October/msg00001.html
     * ACTION: Rosanna to verify how much is left on that budget
   * 4,174 USD are expected as local expenses
   * Question on whether or not a speakers' dinner (total of 1500 USD) should be covered by the Foundation? The amount is reasonable, but still a luxury in our context; even GUADEC does not have such a thing. 
     Perhaps a sponsor can be interested in sponsoring specifically the speaker's dinner? We can revisit this decision closer to the event 
     date in May as sponsorships come in; the foundation might assist if sponsorships are insufficient, but it seems odd to spend on this luxury now unless all other expenses are covered.
    * The board will be covering the general amount for local expenses, but expects the local organizing team to keep working on looking for more local sponsors and eventually wire the remaining funds back; we are investing in the success of GNOME.Asia but expect the event to be self-sustaining and hopefully profitable on its own.
  * VOTE: Allocate 8,800 USD for the Travel Committee to cover GNOME.Asia's reimbursements
   * VOTE: +1 Jeff, Marina, Andrea, Sri, Karen, Tobi
   * VOTE PASSED
  * VOTE: Allocate 2,674 USD (4,174 -1,500) for the local expenses of the GNOME.Asia's organization team in the meantime
   * VOTE: +1 Jeff, Marina, Andrea, Sri, Karen, Tobi
   * VOTE PASSED
  * ACTION: Jeff to get back to the GNOME.Asia organizers about all of the above

 * Steps for getting into agreement with Conservancy about Outreachy, due by April 28
  * Karen abstains from discussion due to conflict of interest, drops off call
  * An agreement is needed between the GNOME Foundation and the SF Conservancy for properly migrating liabilities and assets to the SF Conservancy 
  * We should ideally ask Pam's help on this, her involvement would be strongly appreciated with this
  * The SF Conservancy will draft an agreement and pass it over to the GNOME Foundation for review
  * Marina, Rosanna, and Kat will work on the financial information to fill in the agreement
  * ACTION: Andrea to get in touch with Pam about this

 * Partnerships sitrep
  * Sri and Jeff's action item to
   * reach out to individual adboard members
   * set up an adboard phone meeting asap
   * set the dates for board + adboard meetings at GUADEC
  * Sponsorship for GNOME Asia & GUADEC: delegated the initial sponsors outreach mails to the GUADEC & GNOME Asia teams

 * ED search committee update

 * ACTION: Everyone: look through your action items in tasks.gnome.org and remove any that are no longer relevant

 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * ED search
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)
   * "Brochure for prospective sysadmin sponsors"

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Transfer the ownership of gnome.gr to GNOME Foundation
  * The GNOME Greek localization team has migrated its infrastructure to the GNOME Foundation
   * More details about the migration at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/gnome-infrastructure/2015-March/msg00025.html
  * As part of the migration the Greek team asked the Board whether it was possible to migrate their domain over to the GNOME Foundation
  * VOTE PASSED: +1 from Sri, Andrea, Marina and Jeff

 * Mentorship for OPW2015
  * The Board has approved to provision $6500 for a GNOME Outreachy intern (https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-March/msg00000.html)
    and agreed the funds should be spent for a core GNOME Project including a sizeable translation project
  * Marina is contacting proposed mentors and the relevant members of the triage team looking for possible projects the GNOME Foundation could actually sponsor

== Completed actions ==
 * Kat to reply back to Alexandre Prokoudine confirming the proposed format for requesting travel reimbursements for LGM in advance is fine
 * Jeff to get back to Fabiana & Andreas about what has been discussed today about GUADEC sponsorships
 * Andrea to set up the permissions for the copied Fundraising-related wiki pages
 * Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about

== Pending action items ==
 * Board 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
 * 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
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * 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
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin


March 25, 2015

GNOME 3.16 Released

The GNOME project has released GNOME 3.16, the latest version of GNOME 3. The new version is the result of six months work, and includes 33,525 changes by 1043 authors.

Speaking on behalf of the Release Team, Javier Jardón said: “It’s great to see the fantastic results of our hard work, and it goes without saying that this could not be possible without all the effort from great the GNOME community! I definitely think this is the best GNOME release yet.”

GNOME 3.16 brings a brand new notification system and updated calendar design, which helps you to easily keep track of what’s happened, and includes useful information like world times and event reminders. Other features include overlaid scrollbars, updated visuals, improved content views in Files, and a redesigned image viewer.

Major additions have also been made to the GNOME developer experience: GTK+ support for OpenGL now allows GTK+ apps to support 3D natively, a new GLib reference counting feature will help with debugging, and GTK+ Inspector has also had a major update.

The release notes contain more details on these new features, as well as the many other improvements in the new release. If that’s not enough, a live image is available, so you can try it yourself. Additionally, more information can be found in the 3.16 press release.

GNOME 3.16 Released

Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.16 today, the result of six months work, which includes 33,525 changes by 1043 authors. GNOME 3.16 brings a brand new notification system in response to the feedback of enthusiastic GNOME users. GNOME 3’s visuals have also received a refresh, and its application suite has been updated, with improvements to Files, Music, Photos, Maps and more.

Javier Jardón, senior GNOME Release Team member, commented: “A lot of of work has been put in over the past 6 months. It’s great to see the fantastic results of our hard work, and it goes without saying that this could not be possible without all the effort from great the GNOME community! I definitely think this is the best GNOME release yet.”

Major additions have also been made to the GNOME developer experience: GTK+ support for OpenGL allows GTK+ apps to support 3D natively, a new GLib reference counting feature will help with debugging, and GTK+ Inspector has also had a major update. Additionally, this release includes a preview of the crowdfunded GNOME IDE, called Builder.

Christian Hergert, Builder’s lead developer, said: “I’m proud to have a preview release of Builder to ship with GNOME 3.16. This release of GNOME is bursting with new ideas and fresh looks. Builder is no different. Quality software is about iteration and we start that journey today.”

Other improvements in GNOME 3.16 include:

  • Three new preview applications – Calendar, Books, and Characters.
  • Maps has had numerous improvements, including FourSquare integration.
  • Improved grid and list views in Files.
  • GNOME’s Image Viewer application has been redesigned.
  • Music and Photos have received performance enhancements.

Responding to the release, Matthew Miller, Fedora Project Leader, stated: “I want a Linux desktop which lets me focus on my work without distraction, and GNOME is perfect for that, while having great engineering and sophisticated, modern plumbing underneath. This makes it a great basis for Fedora Workstation, and we’re excited to showcase GNOME 3.16 in our upcoming Fedora 22 release.”

The GNOME user and developer experiences include many other improvements, which can be found in the release notes. A video tour is also available, as well as a screenshot pack.

GNOME 3.16 will be available to install via popular distributions in due course. The GNOME Foundation thanks all of the contributors for their hard work during this release cycle and all of its sponsors for their support.

About GNOME

GNOME was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people around the world, it is one of the most popular environments for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. GNOME’s software has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments.

The GNOME community is made up of hundreds of contributors from all over the world, many of whom are volunteers. This community is supported by the GNOME Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal assistance. The Foundation is a democratic institution that is directed by its members, who are all active GNOME contributors. GNOME and its Foundation work to promote software freedom through the creation of innovative, accessible, and beautiful user experiences.

March 16, 2015

GNOME supports GPL compliance through VMware suit

The GNOME Foundation supports the Software Freedom Conservancy in its efforts to ensure compliance with the GNU General Public License (GPL) through Christoph Hellwig’s lawsuit against VMware. Like the Linux kernel, the GNOME Project chooses the GPL (as well as the LGPL) to license our software. Working in Free Software is a collaborative effort where all parties benefit, but this outcome is only realized if there is cooperation. Both the GPL and copyleft make this collaboration possible. The GPL is an important tool for safeguarding Free Software and when other avenues for cooperation have been exhausted litigation is the only recourse.

February 16, 2015

GUADEC 2015 to happen from August 7 – 9 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg By Night

We’re happy to announce that the 2015 edition of GUADEC will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from
August 7 – 9, at Folkets Hus conference center.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, located on the Swedish west coast. The city has a rich history in naval and automotive industries, and these days is home to a thriving IT sector and a strong free software community.

We’re looking forward to welcome the GNOME community to Gothenburg. GNOME has been part of our local Free Software conference, FSCONS, so it’s exciting to bring GUADEC here this year.
– Oliver Propst, local organizer

Join us!
Do you have an idea or project you’d like to share with the community during this year’s GUADEC? Stay tuned. We’ll announce a call for participation soon.

If your company or organization would like to sponsor GUADEC, you can find information on sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsors page at GUADEC.org.

If you would like to join our team and help organize GUADEC, get in touch. We would love to have you on board!

Photo: “Gothenburg by Night” by Rob Sinclair, CC-BY-SA 2.0

February 04, 2015

Outreach Program to Join Conservancy from GNOME; Program Renames to Outreachy

Software Freedom Conservancy and the GNOME Foundation together announce that the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program is moving from GNOME to Conservancy. As Karen Sandler, Executive Director of Conservancy and co-organizer of the Outreach Program, announced in her keynote at FOSDEM this weekend, the program will be rebranding as part of the transition under the new name “Outreachy”.

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved by providing a supportive community for newcomers to contribute to throughout the year, and by offering focused internship opportunities twice a year with many free software organizations. To date, the program has had 214 interns with 35 different free software organizations, including the Linux Kernel, Wikimedia, GNOME, Mozilla, Twisted (a Conservancy member project), and OpenStack. Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Community Engagement Lead at Red Hat and co-organizer of the program said, “It’s amazing that the program we started four years ago with eight GNOME interns has grown to enable hundreds of women become established free software contributors across a broad spectrum of projects. I vividly remember the call in which Karen proposed the idea of inviting other organizations to participate, and I’m excited to continue working closely with her in growing the reach of the program.”

The GNOME Foundation, previous nonprofit home of the program, remains a core partner of Outreachy, providing infrastructure support. “The GNOME board is unified in its enthusiasm for Outreach to join Conservancy,” said Jean-François Fortin Tam, President of the GNOME Foundation. “We’re proud to have launched the program and seen it grow beyond our wildest expectations. We look forward to remaining a partner, supporting and participating in the program in its new home as it continues to grow.”

Over the next few months, Outreachy will complete its transition to Conservancy, the non-profit home of over 30 free and open source software projects. “Outreachy is a natural fit for Conservancy,” said Sandler. “Conservancy is organized to support many free software projects — and to promote software freedom in general. This program has become an essential way for free software projects to improve their communities. I am honored to keep working with Marina, Sarah Sharp and all of the other volunteers who keep Outreachy going.”

The next round of Outreachy internships will have an application deadline on March 24, 2015, and internship dates from May 25 to August 25. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. Applicants will be asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process. Accepted participants will work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and will receive a $5,500 stipend.

About Outreachy

Outreachy is the successor of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW). OPW was inspired by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May 2012 round, Software Freedom Conservancy joined OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program. For the May 2015 round, the program was renamed to Outreachy with the goal of expanding to engage people from various underrepresented groups and is transitioning to Conservancy as its organizational home.

This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through Outreachy, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community. The organizational partners of the program are the GNOME Foundation, Red Hat and Software Freedom Conservancy.

About the GNOME Foundation

GNOME was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people around the world, it is one of the most popular environments for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. GNOME’s software has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments.

The GNOME community is made up of hundreds of contributors from all over the world, many of whom are volunteers. This community is supported by the GNOME Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal assistance. The Foundation is a democratic institution that is directed by its members, who are all active GNOME contributors. GNOME and its Foundation work to promote software freedom through the creation of innovative, accessible, and beautiful user experiences.

About Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a public charity that promotes, improves, develops and defends Free, Libre and Open Source software projects. Conservancy is home more than thirty software projects — including Git, Inkscape, Samba, Wine, Selenium, the Linux Compliance project, PyPy, and Sugar Labs — each supported by a dedicated community of volunteers, developers and users. Conservancy’s projects include some of the most widely used software systems in the world across many application areas, including educational software deployed in schools around the globe, embedded software systems deployed in most consumer electronic devices, distributed version control developer tools, integrated library services systems, and widely used graphics and art programs. A full list of Conservancy’s member projects is available. Conservancy provides these projects with the necessary infrastructure and not-for-profit support services to enable each project’s communities to focus on what they do best: creating innovative software and advancing computing for the public’s benefit.

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