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March 26, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of March, 13th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, March 13th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on March 27th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Board meeting ==

 * GIMP funds release request for advance travel reimbursement for LGM
  * Alexandre Prokoudine suggested a possible format for the document he should provide the GNOME Foundation with in order to properly receive the funds in advance
   * Referenced e-mail is https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-March/msg00097.html
  * ACTION: Kat to reply Alexandre confirming the proposed format is fine

 * Sponsorship for GNOME Asia & GUADEC
  * Simply need folks volunteering here to take the action of reaching out to adboard members that were not contacted by Andreas, or do we need something more substantial?
     * has "potential" and "contacted" sections https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2015/Sponsors
     * https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/Fundraising and https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/Fundraising/2014/Conferences - information from last year; could be privately shared as a new page with Andreas and Fabiana and anyone else who can help (the Wiki allows fine-grained acls on each of the hosted pages) so that we can coordinate reaching out and results with them
  * The board reaches out to the companies that are adboard members, and local organizers reach out to the others; but we shouldn't be a bottleneck, so we should ask Andreas & Fabiana for recommendations of people that might be interested in helping out/spearheading the fundraising for GUADEC
  * Ties into the work that Sri & Jeff wanted to accomplish "ASAP" for reaching out to adboard members; need to decide who phones who
  * We should tap into Asia, a market with lots of demand for a Linux desktop, and find general sponsors as part of FOSS.Asia
  * ACTION: Jeff to get back to Fabiana & Andreas about what has been discussed here today
  * ACTION: Andrea to set up the permissions for the copied wiki pages under https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Private/Fundraising and https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Private/Fundraising/2014/Conferences

 * Discussion of answers to follow-up questions from Allan
  * The Foundation can't commit any funds for the font at the moment
  * We are already asking our advisory board for a lot, such as GUADEC sponsorship and system administration support
  
 * Special meetings to go through the ACTIONS items list
  * Having them through IRC like the past years should work
  * ACTION: Jeff to find a suitable for everyone date and time and propose that on board-list

DEFERRED:

 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status
   * Anyone interested in special "drain the swamp" task-review meetings for this?

 * 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 ==

 * GIMP Libre Graphics Meeting 2015
  * Michael Schumacher requested if it's actually possible to receive travel reimbursements in advance for one participant
  * The Board agreed that is possible at certain conditions
   * Statement that the money will only be used for this purpose
   * Ticket receipts will be provided to the Board
   * No VISA or reimbursed amount not completely used will be returned

 * Status of GNOME Foundation's Level 2 verification at StartCom
  * Level 2 verifications for both Andrea and Organization's accounts at StartSSL were renewed
  * Foundation's address has been updated on the SSL certificates to reflect the new location
  * SHA2 certificates have been issued

 * Gobby instance
  * With the move to the Etherpad, the Board has agreed the Gobby instance is ready to be decommissioned

 * Brochure for prospective sysadmin sponsors
  * Jeff is putting together a brochure to be sent out to possible sponsors for the sysadmin funds
  * The brochure will include a list of goals / improvements that have been achieved during the past two years
  * The brochure will also provide information and details about why having a paid System Administrator provides an overall improvement to the whole GNOME Project and community

== Pending action items ==
 * 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
 * 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
 * Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
 * 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


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.

GNOME 3.16 released

The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.16.

This is another exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features
and improvements, including redesigned notifications, a new shell
theme, new scrollbars, and a refresh for the file manager. 3.16 also
includes improvements to the Image Viewer, Music, Photos and Videos.
We are also including three new preview apps for the first time: Books,
Calendar and Characters.

The login screen is now using Wayland by default.

For more information about the changes in GNOME 3.16, you can visit
the release notes:

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

GNOME 3.16 will be available shortly in many distributions. Live images
of GNOME 3.16 are available too.

 https://www.gnome.org/getting-gnome/
 https://download.gnome.org/misc/promo-usb/gnome-3.16.iso

These images are based on openSUSE.

To try the very latest developments in GNOME, you can also use the
VM disk images that are produced by the gnome-continuous build system.

 https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous

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.

Thank you to everyone!

Our next release, GNOME 3.18, is expected for September 2015.

Until then, enjoy GNOME 3.16!

The GNOME Release Team

March 20, 2015

GNOME 3.16.0 newstable tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.16.0 newstable tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze ends


Tarballs are due on 2015-03-23 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.0
newstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.16.0. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


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


For more information about 3.15, 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,

March 19, 2015

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

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

Next meeting due on March 13th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Board meeting ==

 * Augmented mission statement document for McGraw Hill Financial donation requirement
  * Existing paragraph is too short: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/Charter
  * See what we have on the 1024 form
  * See what sort of text we have on http://www.gnome.org/ and put the mission statement there when we have a new version
  * See what we had for visa invitation letters https://wiki.gnome.org/Travel/Invitations#Sample_Invitation_Letters
  * ACTION: Jeff to start patchworking this together this afternoon

 * ED search - status of adboard outreach, and next steps
  * Sri sent a few e-mails to adboard representatives but no reply was received yet; some initial replies through phone calls
  * ACTION: Sri to coordinate with Karen and to send out invitations to people we identified as possible candidates for the ED Search committee
     * Marina suggests that someone from the RH Desktop Team is most relevant for the position. We should contact the RH Desktop Team first (ideally Christian Schaller) and ask for an advice about who should cover the RH representative position on the committee.

 * Fundraising assistance for a new font for GNOME?
  * Allan wants a unified answer on whether the board is willing/able to assist in raising funding for Telder, by:
   * Asking our advisory board members for funds.
   * Committing a certain amount from existing resources.
   * Approaching other bodies to provide funding (if any).
   * Endorsing/supporting a public fund raiser, or crowd funding campaign.
  * The required amount in terms of funds to be gathered for the liberation of the typeface is 30k total, or 60k total? Which part is the one to be paid by GNOME?
  * There are concerns on whether we should invest on the liberation of the typeface itself or creating a font ourself by investing into our community
  * There would be nothing wrong with crowdfunding this; but the general feeling from the board is that just dropping that sum from the Foundation would be the wrong approach
  * Need to see the evidence / proof of due diligence / tech evaluation of that font vs other fonts, to demonstrate that there are no alternatives, etc.
  * Foundation Fundraiser vs third-party crowdfunding platform?
   * If we spend our efforts on this, we're not spending as much efforts as we should on other things (adboard, sysadmin funds, etc.)
   * Board is unanimous on the idea that this should be a normal crowdfunding initiative, with which the GNOME board & engagement team could help as possible by broadcasting the announcement through our social media accounts, for example; our recommendation is to either connect with font enthusiasts and make the campaign about liberating the font OR bundle it up with other GNOME UI improvements and make the campaign about making GNOME more beautiful
  * Recommendation for Allan to ask for Nate Willis' opinion on the font, alternatives, and help with crowdfunding
  * What's the role we expect the GNOME Foundation to play on the crowdfunding? If we don't plan to spent the needed amount on this, should we suggest Allan to run the crowdfunding on his own? (making sure GNOME will support the initiative in terms of publicity etc. though)
  * ACTION: Jeff to get back to Allan with Board's perspective and decision on the matter

 * Outreachy-related votes, if they are not resolved on the mailing list before then
  * VOTE: invoicing IBM for the next round of Outreachy
   * Should we invoice IBM for the next round of Outreachy for a total amount of 6.5k for a $100 fee?
   * Votes started on the mailing list and completed on the call: +1 from Marina, Jeff, Tobias. +1 from Andrea and Sri on the call. Karen abstains.
   * VOTE PASSES

  * VOTE: provisional $6,500 funds for a GNOME Outreachy intern
   * Red Hat, SUSE, Collabora, Igalia, Endless and FSF were contacted for sponsoring one intern for GNOME. No affirmative answers yet.
   * Should we allocate $6500 from our funds in case any of these corporates won't be able to provide needed amount?
   * +1 from Marina, Karen, Tobi, Kat, Andrea, Jeff
   * VOTE PASSES
   * Proposed project to spend the funds for should be core to GNOME; it can be a sizable translation project

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
  * Draft of mail to the Advisory Board members
   * The Advisory Board is being reached out for suggestions and possible candidacies for the ED search committee
   * Sri proposed a draft that was reviewed by the Board and finally sent to the adboard mailing list

  * Invoicing IBM for the next round of Outreachy
   * Discussion and voting have been moved to the meeting, details are available under the "Outreachy-related votes" item of the minutes

  * Provisional funds for a GNOME Outreachy intern
   * Discussion and voting have been moved to the meeting, details are available under the "Outreachy-related votes" item of the minutes

  * Agreement for receiving donations in the EU via the WHS
   * The GNOME Foundation has signed an agreement with the Wau Holland Stiftung (WHS) Foundation
   * The WHS will be receiving donations for the GNOME Foundation and will disburse these funds on the basis of donation receipts
   * The first draft of the agreement can be found at https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/WHSAgreement.
   * A VOTE has happened for the agreement to be approved: +1 from Jeff, Sri, Tobi, Karen. VOTE PASSES

== Completed actions ==
 * Kat to coordinate between the local GUADEC/GNOME.Asia teams and the board to figure out who will contact which sponsor
  * Conversation is happening on the mailing lists, possilbly will have a cross-team/board meeting depending on availability of organisers
 * Kat to reach out to KDE to confirm what is going on

== 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
 * Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
 * 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


March 18, 2015

GNOME 3.15.92 Release Candidate

Hello all,

We have now reached the end of the development cycle and here comes
a release candidate for you to download, build, and test. Enjoy it
as fast as you can, the final release is scheduled next Wednesday.


To compile GNOME 3.15.92, you can use the jhbuild modulesets published
by the release team (which use the exact tarball versions from the
official release).

  https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.15.92/

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

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

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

   core: https://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.92/NEWS
   apps: https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.92/NEWS


The GNOME 3.15.92 release itself is available here:

   core sources: https://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.92/
   apps sources: https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.92/



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

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

For more information about 3.15, the full schedule, the official module
lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.15 page:
  https://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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


Enjoy,

        Fred

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.

TARBALLS DUE: 3.15.92

Hi!


Please do your best to keep this Monday deadline, it really helps the
work of the release team.


Thank you all!


        Fred

March 13, 2015

GNOME 3.15.92 rc tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.15.92 rc tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze


Tarballs are due on 2015-03-16 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.15.92
rc release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were
proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule so
everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will be
uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.15.92. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


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


For more information about 3.15, 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,

February 24, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of February, 13th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, February 13th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =
Next meeting due on February 27th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==
 * Andrea Veri

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Update about the privacy money progress
  * https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/PrivacyProject2015
  * A team has been assembled, comprising of Federico, Hubert and Spidler
  * A number of tasks have been identified for bounties and the details are being finalised
  * This will be a multi-round process, with the first round of bounties being close to a releasable state
  * ACTION: Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review

 * Entering an agreement with the WHS
  * Questions have been resolved and the agreement has been re-sent to the Board
  * Board to review agreement and vote on the mailing list

 * Calling for Sponsors for GNOME.Asia Summit
  * Call for papers will go out shortly
  * Time to contact potential sponsors
  * GUADEC and GNOME.Asia organisers have started coordinating joint sponsorships amounts
  * We should ask the organizing team of GNOME Asia & GUADEC (including Emily) to tackle the small and numerous sponsors
  * The board could contact the usual big sponsors (Google, RHT, etc.) after coordinating with the organizing teams on that
  * ACTION: Kat to coordinate between the local GUADEC/GNOME.Asia teams and the board to figure out who will contact which sponsor

 * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes
  * KDE e.v. reached out to us as they have had to pay more taxes relating to the Desktop Summit in 2011
  * The paperwork is in German and it is not clear to the board what it actually says
  * ACTION: Kat or Karen to reach out to KDE to confirm what is going on

 * Responding to a phone inquiry asking to reach Stormy Peters
  * Seems to be about GNOME rather than the person
  * ACTION: Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about

 * Sysadmin sponsorship
  * Proposal to create a sponsorship brochure/proposal to show to potential sponsors
   * Document should have numbers (perks and sponsorship levels etc.)
   * Include the great work that has been done and needs to be done continuously, plus improvements
  * A three-paragraph proposal may be a better idea as it is not an event
   * Can be just text
   * Example for Outreachy: https://wiki.gnome.org/Outreachy/Admin/InfoForOrgs/Proposal
  * ACTION: Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin

 * Promotional GNOME artwork does not explicitly state license
  * Most of the artwork may be under LGPL (this is unclear)
  * We get implicit permission to use the artwork when it is submitted
  * CC0 may be a better license as it's actually possible to compaly with it when printing stickers
  * ACTION: Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GUADEC meeting at FOSDEM
  * The GUADEC 2015 organization team met a few Board representatives during FOSDEM
 * OEM distribution with Gnome
  * Narcis Garcia got in touch with the Board communicating a hardware wholesale company will start shipping with Ubuntu GNOME on old computers having no OS pre-installed
 * Former GNOME Foundation Member Clytie Siddall passed away
  * The Board organized a joint press release with the Debian Marketing Team in order to honor Clytie's memory and contributions
 * Mid-point payments to outreach interns
  * VOTE: send payments to interns for whom corresponding funds have arrived
   * +1 Marina, Tobi, Jeff, Karen, Kat
  * VOTE: send payments to interns whose corresponding funds have not arrived after those funds arrive
   * +1 Marina, Tobi, Jeff, Karen, Kat, Sri
 * ED search meetings
  * The Board to have a special meeting to proceed with the hiright process for a new executive director for the GNOME Foundation
  * Meeting happened on 2015-02-11
 * GUADEC organization team update
  * The venue has been confirmed and the official dates will be announced the upcoming week
 * UN (United Nations Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression) call for comment on cryptography and freedom of expression
  * The UN has made a call for comments on encryption and anonymity: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/FreedomOpinion/Pages/CallForSubmission.aspx
  * The GNOME Foundation strongly cares about the privacy of its users and acknowledged a statement in support of encryption and anonymity online

== Completed actions ==

== 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
 * Jeff to call back and find out what the phone inquiry which asked for Stormy is about
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
 * 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
 * Kat to coordinate between the local GUADEC/GNOME.Asia teams and the board to figure out who will contact which sponsor
 * Kat or Karen to reach out to KDE to confirm what is going on
 * 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


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 15, 2015

GNOME.Asia summit 2015 is call for paper

GNOME.Asia summit 2015 is call for paper
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http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp

PRESENTING AT THE GNOME.ASIA SUMMIT
*Click here to submit your presentation!
<http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp/submission/>*
GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 invites proposals for presentations at the
conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is Asia's GNOME user and developer
conference, spreading the knowledge of GNOME across Asia. The conference
will be held in Universitas Indonesia, Depok West Java, Indonesia on May
8-9, 2015. The conference follows the release of GNOME 3.14, helping to
bring new desktop paradigms that facilitate user interaction in the
computing world.  It will be a great place to celebrate and explore the
many new features and enhancements to the GNOME 3.14 release and to help
make GNOME as successful as possible. We welcome proposals by newcomers and
experienced speakers alike.
Possible topics* include*, but* not limited* to:
How to Promote/Contribute to GNOME in Asia

   - GNOME Marketing
   - Promotion of Free / Open Source Software
   - How to run a Local GNOME Users Group
   - Asia success stories / Local GNOME Projects
   - GNOME and Educations
   - GNOME Outreach Program for Women
   - Google Summer of Code

Hacking GNOME

   - Latest developments in GNOME
   - GNOME 3 & GNOME 3 Usability
   - GNOME Human Interface Engineering (Icons and Graphic Design)
   - QA and testing in GNOME
   - GNOME Accessibility
   - GNOME Coding How-to
   - Writing applications for GNOME 3
   - Integration of web life into the desktop

Adapting GNOME to new types of devices

   - Developing GNOME on mobile devices (smart phones, tablets)
   - Developing GNOME on embedded systems or open source hardware
   - On-going projects and success stories
   - Finding Free and Open Source friendly hardware manufacturers

Localization and Internationalization

   - Translations
   - Input methods
   - Fonts

Other topics could include any topic related to Free and Open Source
Software not listed above:

   - Small Board,
   - Open Hardware,
   - Open Data,
   - Big Data,
   - Cloud Computing,
   - Mobile Technology

Lightning talks! A five minute presentation to demonstrate your work or
promote an interesting topic. These talks will be grouped together in a
single session.
A standard session at GNOME.Asia 2015 will be scheduled as 45 mins (35 mins
talk + 10 mins Q&A).  Please take into consideration any time you will need
for preparation. The session could be a technical talk, panel discussion,
or BOF.
If you’d like to share your knowledge and experience at GNOME.Asia 2015,
please fill in the form at before *March 15th, 2015*.  Please provide a
short abstract about your proposal (under 150 words). Include your name,
biographical information, a photo suitable for the web, a title, and a
description of your presentation . The reviewing team will evaluate the
entries based on the submitted abstracts and available time in the
schedule. You will be contacted before *March 17th, 2015* on whether your
submission has been accepted or not.
All interested contributors are highly encouraged to send in their talks.
Please help us to spread the invitation to other potential participants.
Even you do not plan to be a speaker, please consider joining GNOME.Asia
2015. This is going to be a great event!
*Click here to submit your presentation!
<http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp/submission/>*
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February 13, 2015

Minutes of the ED search meeting of February, 11th, 2015

= ED Search meeting minutes for Friday, February 11th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Andrea Veri
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Regrets ==
 * Karen Sandler
 * Tobias Mueller

== Missing ==

== ED Search meeting ==

 * We should be having a hiring committee
 * Job description to be done jointly by the board and hiring committee?
 * Do we have a list of names we can consult already?
 * How many people should be in the committee? 5 or 7 (odd number required)
 * Sri points out we should check who is subscribed to the engagement-private
 * Previous committee members: http://calcifer.org/notes/2010/12/executive-director-hiring-committee.html
 * The idea is involving people from many different companies to represent the Advisory Board as a whole
 * How much should the committee members be a part of the current community vs extended (partners, emeritus members) community? Are we interested in asking the involvement on the committee to any "extended community" member?
 * No more than 1/3rd of the committee should be from the same company? Same as for the board
 * Any Board member going to be joining the committee? last time we had one member which was ideal as this person was able to report back to the Board and knew Board's policies and procedures. Who should be that liaison?
 * Should we ask advisory board for recommendations and to let us know if they would like to be on the committee?
   * Yes, do that, ask them to respond within a week; hold off on asking anyone above
 * What should we discuss with the advisory board in a meeting?
  * ED search
  * conferences
  * sponsorships
  * privacy campaign update
 * ACTION: Sri to draft a mail to the adboard list to gather some feedback and give them a week to respond with suggestions or volunteer themselves
 * ACTION: Jeff to send a quick reply to foundation list to let them know we've had a special meeting today. Minutes will follow in the upcoming days.
 * ACTION: Kat to email the adboard to schedule an adboard meeting

== Pending action items ==
 * Sri to draft a mail to the adboard list to gather some feedback and give them a week to respond with suggestions or volunteer themselves
 * Jeff to send a quick reply to foundation list to let them know we've had a special meeting today. Minutes will follow in the upcoming days.
 * Kat to email the adboard to schedule an adboard meeting



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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