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January 27, 2015

Builder fundraiser concludes

Christan Herget’s Builder fundraiser have concluded. The fundraiser surpassed its original goal allowing Christian to dictate extra time to the development of Builder.

gnome-builder logo

Christian stated in a comment “The overwhelming support of the community is both heartwarming and inspiring. I’m excited to get to continue working on a project that I think is critical to the future of our platform.”

Updates about the progress the project are making is frequently posted on the @GNOMEBuilder twitter account. It’s also possible to view git.gnome.org/Builder/log for real-time source updates. As with any GNOME project the project welcomes community contributions.

Christian will present his work with Builder at the South California Linux Fest (SCALE 13x), taking place February 19-22 in LA.

 

 *The builder logo was done by Jakub Steiner 

 

January 26, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 09th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, January 09th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on January 23th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Funding - quick status check on:
  * Ecosystem (re)mapping
  * Adboard outreach
   * Around 20 companies involved in the last 10 years
   * The Board is looking to expand our Advisory Board membership base
    * Karen points out how hard it is to reach out companies asking for funds when there is no existing connection (effort expended versus posible gain is too high). Also the wrong person reaching out on our behalf can also be detrimental
    * Karen also states the fact even without a successful response by a specific company, it's another way to touch base with an external entity and contacts that might be willing to support the GNOME Foundation
   * Discussions with startups reveals that those who are server-intensive are looking for good desktop tooling, it's something GNOME is lacking in and Mac OS X has a lot of traction in.
     * Opportunity to crowdsource outreach, which may turn into fundraising opportunities, to whoever people in our community that attends startup-gatherings types of events all around the world - imagine if we were hundreds doing that
     * At least in Portland, GNOME is a very well recognized brand, 7/10 times it needs no explanation; similar story among developers in some venues in NYC; we have a strong brand
     * A different approach than traditional door-knocking fundraising, more about getting those actors involved and interested in our activities...
     * Idea for a mixed approach where we have a 70% effort on maintaining current adboard relationships at various touch points, and 30% new outreach etc.?
     * Idea to have highly technical and popular "GNOME ambassadors"? Already have a couple of qualified volunteers

  * Sysadmin sponsorship
   * VOTE: Assign 5K of general funds as a buffer to cover sysadmin work for coming months while funding for it is being sorted out
    * +1 from jeff, marina, karen, sri, tobi (andrea abstains)

 * Sitrep on deal with WHS for funds in Europe and countries following the IBAN convention
  * The core issue is the "outgoing payments" (payments they make on our behalf) needing to be included in the file export/report; it would be possible but a lot of work for them?
  * Entering this agreement would create some more work/complexity when it comes to annual reports
  * ACTION: get back to them, explain that the export is necessary, and ask for some form of documention wrt outgoing payments?

 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status
  * See Board of Directors board on https://tasks.gnome.org
  * Access is granted based on the credentials of your GNOME Account
 
 * ED search

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * Reviewing and harmonizing our logos & trademark guidelines wrt ®, ™, etc.
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * Trademark defense campaign has ended and been a success: start evaluating the use of funds to wrap up the matter and to make GNOME better
   * GNOME Privacy project (what to do with the remaining funds): hackfest? internships?
   * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Builder fundraiser launched (http://www.hergert.me/blog/2014/12/29/fundraiser.html)
 
== Completed Actions ==
 * GUADEC 2015 Sponsor Brochure Draft: Jeff to mail Fabiana back with the result of Board's vote

== Pending action items ==
 * GNOME's CoC: 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
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation



January 23, 2015

Developer Experience and Documentation Hackfest about to start in Cambridge

Several GNOME contributors will in the coming days meet for the Developer Experience and Documentation Hackfest taking place in Cambridge, UK.

Important items on the agenda for the Developer Experience Hackfest include the GTK+ roadmap, OpenGL GTK+ integration and Builder. The documentation team will work on user-help for the upcoming GNOME 3.16 release.

The foundation wants to thank Collabora who is sponsoring the venue.

January 22, 2015

GNOME 3.15.4

Hi all,

GNOME 3.15.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it
with caution.

Among the new things in this snapshot, you can find
clutter using the GDK backend, libinput used in multiple modules
(we require libinput 0.8), gnome-shell using vp9 for screencasts,
mutter using GTK+ themes, input configuration under Wayland,
scrolling changes in GTK+, improved search in gnome-software,
a new game (gnome-taquin), and many more.

To compile GNOME 3.15.4, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

You can also test the latest code using the vm images [3] that are
produced by our continuous integration infrastructure,
build.gnome.org.

[1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.15.4/
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.15.3 and 3.15.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.4/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.15.4 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.15/3.15.4
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.15/3.15.4


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

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

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

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

Regards,
--
Matthias Clasen
GNOME Release Team

January 16, 2015

GNOME 3.15.4 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-01-19 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.15.4
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 3.15.4. 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,

January 09, 2015

Interview with Christian Hergert about Builder, an IDE for GNOME

Christian Hergert have set out to improve the developer experience on GNOME with his new project, Builder. We sit down with him to discuss why we need another IDE, developer tools, missing GNOME apps and more.

 

Q: Who are you, what is Builder, why are you creating it?Christian Hegert
I’m a long time contributor to Free Software. In particular GNOME. I’ve also contributed to projects such as Mono and more recently MongoDB. I’ve been writing software on GNU/Linux for more than half of my life. I’ve never been particularly happy with the status quo.

Over the years I’ve contributed to various project that aspire to improve the developer story on GNU/Linux. Mono and MonoDevelop were a serious attempt to improve things. But those projects don’t really focus on what I care about. What I care about most is GNOME, because the project cares deeply about creating a computing environment that is functional, refined, and beautiful.

After my tenure working on Gtk+ projects at VMware, I knew I needed better tooling. Builder was an idea I had to build a development environment for myself.

Software engineers often create their own tools similar to how woodworkers build tools to do old things better and make new things possible. I wanted something that could take advantage of all the new compiler features and tools available on our platform. I wanted something that was minimal UI because code is the important part. I also wanted a work-flow that didn’t require me to keep switching applications. I want the information that is important contextually available without me having to think about it. At various GNOME hackfests, it became clear that others wanted what I was creating. So this project is something special to me. I’m getting to write software for what I consider my extended family, GNOME.

Q: You quit your job to hack on Builder full time?
I did. One thing I’ve learned in my career is that if you want to make something great, it needs constant focus and dedication. Swapping between work and personal projects just doesn’t result in the quality of project I want to provide our community. That said, if you want to hire me to work on Builder, I’d be happy to have a job again.

Q: Do we really need another IDE when Eclipse, MonoDevelop, Netbeans to name a few are already available on GNOME?
If any of those were what I wanted, I’d be using them. I’m thrilled that others are interested in the same thing I want. A high quality development environment that builds upon our fantastic platform and focuses on building software for our platform.

It seems like Builder is going to be a big application, but it really isn’t. We are reusing a lot of technology that already exists in the GNOME ecosystem. For example: Glade, Gitg, Nemiver, GtkSourceView, Devhelp, autoconf/automake and others. And we want to reuse our technologies. We think they are high quality and deserve to be something better.

Eclipse, MonoDevelop, NetBeans, and others are large plugin based environments that come with more technical debt than benefit. These plugin based designs are why when you run most major IDEs today you don’t even know if it will startup correctly. The number of times I’ve seen exceptions starting Eclipse haunts me.

Troubleshooting, documentation, installation, and testing effort increase with quadratic growth as you add more moving parts. I’d rather not abstract things until we find they are necessary and have solved the problem once. Otherwise, we create unused abstractions that only create headache without solving a real problem.

Additionally, Builder is a major UX effort for developers. This cannot be understated. Simply going into an existing IDE and adding some plugins does not significantly change the UX of the IDE. We want to try to take a completely different approach to how software is built based on our experiences building a swath of Free Software. This (and plugin based design) is the primary reason we are not rebuilding on top of Anjuta. We felt we couldn’t explore with the UX we wanted without harming the existing Anjuta users.

Q: What reaction do you get from people when they hear that you quit your job to hack full-time on Builder?
In general I think it’s positive, it usually results in a conversation about what is important in life.

Q: What apps do you want to see people develop with Builder?
Wow, I can think of a lot of things.

Something to do presentations. I have a lot of talks coming up and want a program to write them that allows me to focus on content and how I say it rather than building slides. Also, I want to be able to change slides over bluetooth or mDNS from my phone. I’m pretty unhappy with libreoffice and small projects like pinpoint aren’t quite enough. I don’t need compatibility with other presentation tools.

I want something like a DLNA aggregator that let’s me search across any media available on any machine connected to my home network. I want to be able to stream it on any TV or computer. My housemates and I all have NAS storage with various DVDs or CDs we’ve ripped or purchased. It would be great if that content could just be played anywhere and “just worked” out of the box.

More generically, everything on the GNOME wiki at https://wiki.gnome.org/Design/Apps/

Q: Some claim the future is all about the Web and Mobile, any comments?
Somebody has to write the web browsers and mobile platforms. And the people that build those platforms get to choose the technology they are built with. Sounds like a great reason to attract developers by building tools that are genuinely fun to use.

Q: You are planning a fundraiser, do you want us to tell us something about it?
I have! You can find the fundraiseron Indiegogo at: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/builder-an-ide-of-our-gnome/

Q: What else can people do who want to support your effort?
Test code, file bugs, provide constructive criticism based on using it, write use cases, help design specs, write code, documentation. I also need someone who can help manage the more administrative tasks like roadmaps, specs, bug triage, and release management. There is a lot of code to write and I need to focus.

Q: Anything else you want to add?
I hope you have as much fun using Builder as I’m having creating it!

Thanks for taking time talking with us. We wish Christian the best of luck with the fundraiser* and continued efforts in developing Builder.

*The fundraiser has reached its original goal, you can now help the campaign reach stretch goals.

Written by Oliver Propst
Photo by Jakub Steiner

December 30, 2014

2014 Highlights

Its been both an exciting and challenging year for us, this post includes some of the highlights.

Early in the spring Karen Sandler announced her departure* as the Executive Director of the foundation.

The GNOME Asia Summit, an event with a strong community building focus, was this year hosted in Beijing, China. In the end of July the GNOME community gathered for GUADEC in the beautiful city of Strasbourg, France for a week of talks, discussions and hacking.

Several Hackfest’s took place around the world including the first edition of the West Coast Summit where the growing number of GNOME contributors living in Silicon Valley got together. GNOME was also present at great conferences such as FOSDEM and FSCONS.

We saw two stable GNOME releases, 3.12 & 3.14 where the developer experience took leaps forward with many improvements to GTK+ and the introduction of the inspector while the user experience continued to evolve.

Things took an dramatic turn in November when a legal twist with Groupon became public. The case got much media attention, many were upset of how Groupon had acted; GNOME received strong public support.

Thanks to our contributors GNOME will in 2015 continue innovate pushing Free Software forward.

*Karen now serves the foundation as a member of the board

December 18, 2014

GNOME.Asia Join Kaiyuanshe – Open Source Alliance in China

We are thrilled to report that GNOME.Asia is a founding member of KAIYUANSHE(开源社) launched Oct 16, 2014. KAIYUANSHE roughly translated as “open source alliance,” is a group of enterprises, communities, and individuals in China supporting and promoting free and open source software (FOSS).

KAIYUANSHE will support the growing needs of China’s growing software industry by providing developers with the necessary education, tools and services to foster a healthy and robust free software ecosystem. Additionally providing education on FOSS standards, licensing and verification, development tools, FOSS project assessment and other necessary support and services to organizations, developers and academic institutions.

The GNOME community, represented by GNOME Asia Summit members will actively contribute in the early phases of KAIYUANSHE to many areas including documentation ,media and by participating in the KAIYUANSHE China Campus Tour.

“It’s fantastic that GNOME.Asia is joining KAIYUANSHE as a founding member”, said Karen Sandler, the Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy and currently serving on the GNOME Foundation’s Board of Directors, “I have always been incredibly impressed by the GNOME.Asia team and the great work they have done in spreading free software in Asia. I’m not surprised that KAIYUANSHE is already successful, and I can’t wait to see more of what this initiative accomplishes.”

November 13, 2014

GNOME 3.14.2 is out

Hello all,

Here comes our second update to GNOME 3.14, it has many fixes, various
improvements, documentation and translation updates, we hope you'll
enjoy it.

Individual modules may get new stable 3.14 releases but our focus is
now on the development branches, we released a first snapshot as 3.15.1
two weeks ago and will get another one by the end of the month.

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.14, please
visit our release notes:

 https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.14/


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

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.14/3.14.2/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.14/3.14.2/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.14/3.14.2/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.14/3.14.2/sources/

And if you want to compile GNOME 3.14.2 by yourself, you can use the
jhbuild modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.14.2/


See you next time!

        Fred

November 11, 2014

GNOME starts campaign to protect its trademarks

GNOME has launched a campaign¹ to raise funds for protecting the GNOME trademarks.

Recently, Groupon launched Gnome², a tablet-based point of sale (POS) system that 
Groupon describes as a “platform” and an “operating system”.

The GNOME Foundation is concerned and sees their long-established mark for Free 
Software, GNOME, endangered. The GNOME Foundation asks for ideological and 
monetary support to cover the costs of opposing the marks Groupon applied to 
register, which were estimated to be around 80,000 USD.

“I cannot believe Groupon was not aware of GNOME, the Free Software desktop 
environment and application suite, when it chose the name. Especially as they 
claim to be ‘fueled by open source‘³,” said Tobias Mueller, one of the directors 
of the GNOME Foundation.

“We will not give up and fight their use of our name which we have established 
over the last 17 years to provide users all over the world with high quality 
Free Software solutions.”

“Millions of people who use GNU/Linux based systems use GNOME or GNOME-related 
technologies, such as GLib or GTK+. We must not let a billion-dollar-company 
take the well-established name of one of the biggest Free Software communities,” 
Tobias added. “If you want to help GNOME defend its trademark and promote Free 
Software, visit the campaign’s page¹, share the link, and let Groupon know that 
they behaved terribly”.

GNOME also made a press contact⁴ available for further questions or interviews.


1: http://www.gnome.org/groupon/ 
2: http://investor.groupon.com/releasedetail.cfm?releaseid=848707 
3: https://engineering.groupon.com/2014/open-source/sharing-is-caring-open-source-at-groupon/ 
4: mailto:groupon< at >gnome.org 
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foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >gnome.org
https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce

November 07, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of October 31th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, October 31th, 2014, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on November 14th, 2014 at 16:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==
 * Karen Sandler

== Missing ==
 * Tobias Mueller

== Board meeting ==

 * Adam Reviczky's GNOME volunteer work reference
  * Marina asked for some links as proof of Adam's contributions in the past (he stated that he started contributing way back in 2001)
  * Adam is a Foundation member since 14th January, 2010
  * The Board acks to provide Adam with a response about his past contributions on the GNOME Foundation
  * ACTION: Kat to reply to Jan (from hireright.com) with the e-mail she drafted on the list

 * Groupon

 * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)
  * NDA was sent to the list, received some feedback and it's ready to move along to the infrastructure team for review
  * ACTION: Kat to run it by our infrastructure team first, then run it by our lawyer

 * Emma Stamm's proposal for a research project around nonprofit management
   * We need to check her timeframe; she should be aware that it might take months for some of the people she might want to interview to find the time.
   * Need to ask how her findings are going to be published (where/how and under what license - suggest CC license), need to see the info & consent forms
   * Participating in such study is only valuable if the findings are made public, but interviewees need to use their best judgement in discussing any challenges and not disclose private information
   * Many/most items she is asking for can be requested from the Engagement team or learned by reviewing the Foundation, Engagement, and other list archives; we could simply be facilitating her by pointing out to references
   * ACTION: Kat to reply to her

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
  * GNOME Privacy project
  * Karen's GUADEC 2014 travel expenses reimbursement (awaits forwarding of relevant mail thread)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * GNOME event box at FSCONS
  * Box has been sent to FSCONS thanks to Tobi
 * GUADEC 2015: Sponsor brochure draft review
 * Employment reference request from Adam Reviczky
 * Website privacy policy, a first draft has been published at https://wiki.gnome.org/Foundation/Privacy. Further modifications and reviews will follow in the near future.

== Completed Actions ==
 *  Kat to reply to Jan (from hireright.com) with the e-mail she drafted on the list about Adam Reviczky's employment reference request

== Pending action items ==
 * Kat to follow-up with Emma Stamm about her research proposal
 * Kat to forward the NDA for sysadmins to our infrastructure team first, then run it by our lawyer for final approval if no major objections will be raised
 * GNOME's CoC: 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
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation


GNOME 3.14.2 stable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2014-11-10 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.14.2
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 3.14.2. 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 3.15, 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,

October 31, 2014

Release Team decides on new features

Hello all,

Release Team decides on new features


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,

October 21, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of October 10th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, October 10th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on October 24th, 2014 at 16:00 UTC

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

== Missing ==
 * Tobias Mueller

== Board meeting ==

Congratulations to the GNOME Community for releasing GNOME 3.14 and 
the board thanks the community for all of their hard work. 

 * Groupon

 * Thank you for a Philanthropist-level "Friends of GNOME" donation from Edward Swartz
   * Get as many signatures from boardees and hackers in the GNOME meetup in San Francisco in two weeks
   * Idea: do a few with board member signatures proactively at GUADEC
   * ACTION: Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation? And verify his mailing address.

 * Vote on applying the GUADEC 2014 code of conduct to the GNOME Summit 2014
  * Concerns voiced about the eligibility for coverage/rights under the policy
  * Concerns about how enforceable it is and the pressure onto event organisers
  * The board discussed the policy and contemplated whether any redrafting was needed. The board
    had an animated discussion about whether a Code of Conduct was needed and if adopted whether
    the policy as used at GUADEC is the right policy to adopt. The board discussed what constitutes
    a social event under the policy and to what extent it is right to dictate people's actions in
    that context. Different board members had different views on all of these points.
  * Proposal to adopt the code of conduct as set forth at https://wiki.gnome.org/Events/Summit/2014/Conduct (adapted from GUADEC) for the upcoming GNOME Summit in Boston: (but not for future events yet, see below)
   * VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Karen, Sri; -1 Kat; abstain Andrea
   * ACTION: 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

 * Travel requests:
  * BOSTON Summit: USD 600.00 for 1 person
  * GUADEC-ES: EUR 150.00 for 1 person
  * VOTE: allocating 6000$ for the travel committee as a budget for 6 months: +6 unanimous (Jeff, Kat, Karen, Marina, Sri, Andrea)

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
  * GNOME Privacy project
  * Karen's GUADEC 2014 travel expenses reimbursement (awaits vote from travel committee, and forwarding of relevant mail thread)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Reimbursement letter for Watson Sato
  * Statement of fact, no vote from the Board required
  * Letter was signed and sent on its way to Watson

 * Code of Conduct for GNOME Summit
  * Marina proposed to make use of GUADEC's CoC for the upcoming GNOME Summit 2014 even (Boston Summit)
  * The full text of the Conduct is available at: https://wiki.gnome.org/Events/Summit/2014/Conduct
  * Objections were made as no explicit vote was ever made to approve the above Conduct to apply on all GNOME yearly events
  * Discussion and vote to happen on the meeting of 10th October, 2014

 * OPW Travel allowance payments

 * Unfreezing travel allowance reimbursements
  * Discussion and voting still happening on the mailing list

== Pending action items ==
 * GNOME's CoC: 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
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation


October 05, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of September 26th, 2014

= Minutes for Friday, September 26th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting is on Friday, October 10th, 2014, at 16:00 UTC

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

== Regrets ==
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==
 * Groupon

 * Bountysource account for the Foundation
   * Created; claiming of bounties in process, need to use personal account to receive bounty in order to repost it to GNOME team

 * Boston summit travel sponsorship
  * Are we going to provide travel sponsorship for the Boston Summit? How many people are going to request sponsorship for the event as the Boston Summit is known to be a little event in terms of participants?
  * Kat proposed to let possible participants query the Travel Committee for travel sponsorship in case they intend to participate to the event. This to happen as soon as possible given Boston Summit is due within a few weeks.
  * Most of the requests for sponsorship are usually sent from European contributors and rarely from US-based contributors.
  * Financial situation hypothesis for the upcoming months to promote additional event travel sponsorship requests.
  * Should we offer some other sort of sponsorship instead of travel?
  * We're not really in a financial position to offer travel sponsorship for this event this year; Marina to reach out to the usual suspects (RH, SuSE, Google, etc.) to get some sponsorship for breakfast, coffee, etc.

 * Strategic projects in OPW
  * Marina's latest proposed wording, up for a quick "common sense" vote/check: "The OPW coordinators for GNOME (currently, Marina and Karen) can limit projects available in OPW in any way they deem suitable. For example, they can engage a cross-team triage committee to select only or predominantly projects that are most strategic for GNOME."
  * Consensus that no vote needed

 * Extending the period for June-September 2013 interns travel reimbursement
  * Kat points out extending the period for OPW travel reimbursements is going to freeze amounts for too long
  * Consensus that no vote needed, this can work with the existing agreement of GNOME to run OPW

 * Timeline/ETA for hiring a new Executive Director
  * Not financially feasable in the immediate future
  * The process can take a long time (for example, it can take 6 months)
  * Would be healthy for the Foundation to have one
  * Karen says we should "start looking" ASAP, the process normally takes a very long time (ex: 6 months). Zana points out that there were multiple rounds of candidates last time.
  * Question of what the impact of an ED is to GNOME, ex: how much it makes a difference to adboard members in their willingness to sponsor
   * An ED really helps to keep contacts with organizations active
  * Globally: no particular timeline/ETA, just that we need to start looking into the process as soon as possible.

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Treasurer's August financial update
  * Not much change to cash
  * GUADEC broke even
  * Not expecting to issue any new invoices before January 2015

 * Boston Summit

 * GUADEC sponsorship brochure for 2015
  * Prepare the GUADEC 2015 brochure to be out within October / November
  * Review the existing template for possible changes / improvements

 * OPW: Extending the period for June-September 2013 interns travel reimbursement
  * Extend the travel reimbursement period till October 15, 2015
  * Marina was not able to send the announcement about this for this round in time as she was waiting for sponsors to provide her their travel allowance details
  * After the eligibility period move the funds to the OPW general funds (further travel reimbursements approvals has to be approved by the OPW organizers + Board)
  * Discussion and voting on the mailing list
  * Resolved in the meeting

 * Sponsorship for one OPW intern with GNOME
  * Should the GNOME Foundation sponsor an intern for the upcoming round?
  * VOTE: +1 Marina, Karen, Jeff, Tobi; -1 Kat

 * Encouraging strategic projects in OPW
  * Limit projects applicants can apply for to strategic ones for the GNOME project
  * Create a Triage Team that will work on providing a list of strategic projects for each round

== Completed Actions ==

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


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