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August 15, 2017

Happy 20th Birthday, GNOME!

ORINDA, CA. Today, the GNOME Project proudly celebrates its 20th Birthday. Founded by Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero on August 15, 1997, GNOME has since become a pillar of the Free Software community.

There have been 33 stable releases since the initial release of GNOME 1.0 in 1999. The latest stable release, GNOME 3.24 “Portland,” was well-received. “Portland” included exciting new features like the GNOME Recipes application and Night Light, which helps users avoid eyestrain. The upcoming version of GNOME 3.26 “Manchester,” is scheduled for release in September of this year. With over 6,000 contributors, and 8 million lines of code, the GNOME Project continues to thrive in its twentieth year.

Celebrate Twenty Years Strong with the GNOME Foundation: visit the 20th Birthday Party page to find a party — or even start your own. You can also support GNOME by making a donation or becoming a Friend of GNOME.

Enjoy a few of the many photographs from the 20th Birthday Party at this year’s GUADEC, where co-founder Federico Mena Quintero celebrated his own birthday alongside GNOME’s.

Happy 20th Birthday, GNOME!

 

A more detailed history of the GNOME project, fun facts, pictures, and more, can be found at http://www.happybirthdaygnome.org.

 

** Photos shared under CC-BY-SA 4.0 by Christian Hergert, Nuritzi Sanchez, and Behdad Esfahbod.**

August 14, 2017

GNOME Board of Directors Announced for 2017-2018

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation welcomes its new Board of Directors for the 2017 – 2018 term:

  • Alexandre Franke
  • Allan Day
  • Carlos Soriano
  • Cosimo Cecchi
  • Meg Ford
  • Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Zeeshan Ali

Congratulations!

This year we had 225 registered voters, 110 of which sent in valid ballots. Elections ran during the months of May and June, and the new Board was officially announced on June 21, 2017.

The Board of Directors is a team of volunteers who are elected for a one-year term by GNOME Foundation members. The Board is an important part of the GNOME Foundation and ensures the health of the organization by working on operational and legal items that help keep the Foundation in order. It also helps to manage the relationship with the Advisory Board and promotes the overall well-being of the GNOME Project. This year’s Board has experience that spans the GNOME project including expertise in design, development, newcomers initiatives, and communications.

Outgoing members of the Board are Jim Hall and Shaun McCance. The GNOME Foundation thanks them for their time on the Board, and for helping the Foundation navigate important matters during their term, like hiring the new GNOME Executive Director, Neil McGovern.

Since their official election in June, the new Board was onboarded by last year’s Board at GUADEC, taking on outgoing members’ responsibilities and adding new ones as a result of the full-day session before GUADEC opened. During that meeting, the following officers were elected, and later announced at the Annual General Meeting on July 29, 2017:

  • President & Chairperson of the Board: Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Vice-President & Vice-Chairperson of the Board: Allan Day
  • Secretary: Alexandre Franke
  • Vice-Secretary: Cosimo Cecchi
  • Treasurer: Carlos Soriano
  • Vice-Treasurer: Shaun McCance

While no longer a part of the GNOME Foundation Board, Shaun McCance will be sticking around as Vice Treasurer to help provide expertise and oversight as the new Treasurer ramps up. “We have a great group of people this term who are excited and passionate about finding more ways for the GNOME Foundation to help the GNOME Project thrive. We have already built some momentum from our meeting at GUADEC and I’m really looking forward to the year ahead of us.” – says Nuritzi Sanchez, who is serving her second term as President and Chairperson of the Board.

You can find out more about the GNOME Board by visiting the Foundation page of our website, or you can contact the Board directly by sending an email to board@gnome.org.

The GNOME Foundation thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Board of Directors elections, and extends a special thanks to the election committee for planning and executing another successful election process.

Welcome to our new Board!

June 29, 2017

The GNOME Foundation Statment on Immigration Ban

The GNOME Project is responsible for the software that is used by hundreds of thousands of people, companies, and organizations around the world. Anyone can participate in the development of our software, and that equality of opportunity is an essential part of GNOME’s mission.

Our project and our software exist thanks to the GNOME community: a diverse, multinational group of people who share a common interest and passion. We recognize and celebrate the strength we gain from our diversity and seek to defend and extend it wherever possible. In doing so, we reject discrimination including that based on nationality, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.

As part of our work, the GNOME Project helps community members from all over the world come together at various conferences and events. The GNOME Project has hosted over a hundred such events, including many in the United States.

The immigration ban re-introduced in the United States tonight runs counter to the GNOME Project’s core principles. This ban stands in the way of collaboration and inclusion. We fear the immigration ban will have practical consequences for international members of the GNOME community who may be prevented from participating in GNOME events hosted in the United States. This would disrupt the GNOME Project’s productivity and innovation and could alienate valuable members of our community. 

We stand with the affected individuals of the immigration ban and affirm our commitment to diversity, inclusion, and continued collaboration with members from all over the world. 

June 25, 2017

GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 Call for Papers is now open

GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 invites proposals for presentations at the conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.

The conference will be held in Chongqing University, Chongqing, China from 2017-10-14  until 2017-10-16. We welcome proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers alike.

 

Coinciding with the 10 years anniversary of GNOME.Asia, 20 years since GNOME was born and the 20 years anniversary of Chongqing’s promotion as a province-level municipality, GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 arrives at the mountain city of Chongqing this year, which have an extraordinary significance.

Please submit yours at: http://cn.mikecrm.com/nhrytIP

Possible topics include, but not limited to:

Contributing to GNOME

  • Latest Developments in GNOME
  • Writing Applications for GNOME 3
  • GNOME UI Design
  • QA and testing in GNOME
  • GNOME Accessibility
  • GNOME Human Interface Engineering (Icons and Graphic
  • Design)
  • GNOME Marketing/Engagement
  • Asia success stories / Local GNOME Projects
  • GNOME and Education
  • FOSS Outreach Program
  • Developing GNOME on mobile devices (smart phones, tablets)
  • Developing GNOME on embedded systems or open source hardware
  • Google Summer of Code

Contributing to Linux and Open Source

  • Linux Kernel and Development
  • The development and promotion of open-source operating systems
  • About Debian, Fedora, openSUSE, Ubuntu, FreeBSD, and other distributions
  • The development and promotion of other open-source projects

Open Source Enlightenment and Related Story

  • The Knowledge and Spirit of Open Source
  • Open Source stories of your own
  • How to optimize the process and  improve efficiency with the help of open-source tools
  • How to engage non-technical clightning talksontributors in Open Source Projects
  • How to engage more female contributors in Open Source Projects

Emerging Technologies

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Deep Learning
  • AR & VR
  • Big Data
  • Distributed Systems
  • Open Source DevOps
  • DevOps with AI
  • Other Emerging Technologies

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

We are about to launch program to fund part of the speakers to cover their travel expense. Please fill in the related blank in the application form and follow the latest news at: https://linuxstory.org/tag/gnome . GNOME foundation members are encouraged to apply to GNOME Travel Committee for travel allowance.

A standard session will be scheduled for 45 mins (35 mins talk + 10 mins Q&A). The session could be a technical talk, panel discussion, or BOF. If you need more time or additional resources, feel free to get in touch with the organizing team.

For participants who would like to participate, but are not sure they’d like to do a full talk proposal, we have shorter lightning talks. These are a 10 minutes presentation to demonstrate your work or promote an interesting topic. These talks will be grouped together in a single session.

Please provide a short abstract of 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 by following the schedule.

*Submission deadline: 2017-08-15
*Confirmation of paper acceptance: 2017-08-20 until 2017-08-25

All interested contributors are highly encouraged to send in talks.

The GNOME.Asia 2017 Team

*More information about GNOME Asia Summit 2017 is available at: https://2017.gnome.asia/

 

May 24, 2017

GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 to be hosted in Chongqing China

The GNOME.Asia Committee is proud to announce that the upcoming GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 will be hosted  in Chongqing, China on Oct 14-Oct 16.

The GNOME.Asia committee has decided on the city of Chongqing because it uniquely represents an important theme: open source without any restriction of time, space, or location. Chongqing is located in the southwest of Mainland China and is surrounded by mountains and rivers and used to be difficult to reach in ancient China.  Nowadays, however, Chongqing is a modern city well known for its IT industry as well as its leadership in the development of Western China which attracts more and more great minds and talents. Just as Chinese ancient poetry mentioned “No matter how high the mountain is, one can always ascend to its top”, there are a great many students and people interested in open source software and devote themselves in open source program no matter what difficulty they meet.

The Chongqing City, image licensed use by Sushiyico

The venue for this year’s GNOME.Asia Summit is Chongqing University, which is a key national university and a member of the “Excellence League”, located in Chongqing, Southwest China, cultivating tens of thousands of leading minds in the field of Technology. Chongqing University always welcomes open and free minds.

The image comes from Chongqing University

Organization of GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 will be carried out by Chongqing LUG (https://chongqinglug.org) and Linux Story (https://linuxstory.org)  and School of Software Engineering of Chongqing University(http://www.cse.cqu.edu.cn), Chongqing LUG is a very committed local team which has over 10 years of significant experience in organizing over 20 successful events.

GNOME.Asia Summit will provide great opportunities to learn and exchange ideas about free and open technologies as well as to meet and talk with other contributors and users face to face. GNOME.Asia Summit 2017 welcomes everyone to participate, have fun, and enjoy the event!

For more information about GNOME.Asia Summit 2017, please visit  https://2017.gnome.asia/

For news contact, sponsorship or other further opportunities to cooperate, please contact

Anna Yin: anna.yin@chongqinglug.org (English)
Qixiang Wen: bootingman@chongqinglug.org (Chinese)

 

July 22, 2016

GNOME 3.21.4 released

Hi!

The fourth snapshot of GNOME 3.21 is now available and it incorporates
quite edgy modules.

To compile GNOME 3.21.4, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
[2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.4/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.18.1 and 3.21.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.4/NEWS
apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.4 release is available here:

core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.4
apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.4

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

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

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

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

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


See you at GUADEC!

        Fred

July 15, 2016

GNOME 3.21.4 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-07-18 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.4
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 3.21.4. 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 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.21
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

July 11, 2016

GNOME Foundation AGM 2016

Foundation Members,

This year's GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting will be held on
the 13th of August at 15:00 (CEST). As with previous years, it is
being held at GUADEC [0]. This year's conference is at the Karlsruhe
Institute of Technology [1] in Karlsruhe, Germany.

The meeting will include reports from each of GNOME's teams, as well
as a budget report. This will be followed by a Q&A with the Board of
Directors, as well as general discussion.

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Cheers,

[0] https://2016.guadec.org/
[1] https://2016.guadec.org/venue/

July 07, 2016

Minutes of the Board Meeting of July, 05th, 2016

= Foundation Board Minutes for Monday, July 5th 2016, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, July 12th, 17:00 UTC

Wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20160705

== Attending ==

 * Allan Day
 * Meg Ford
 * Alexandre Franke
 * Jeff F.T. (outgoing)
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Jim Hall
 * Shaun McCance

== Regrets ==

 * Nuritzi Sanchez

== Missing ==

 * Ekaterina Gerasimova (outgoing)
 * Andrea Veri (outgoing)

== Agenda ==

 * Information needed for bank account (from the mailing list)
 * Annual report printing - how many copies?

=== Ongoing ===

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

 * GNOME Board team building
 * GUADEC Manchester bid
 * Owncloud shared calendar for the board
 * Annual report completion

== Minutes ==

 * Information needed for bank account (from the mailing list)
  * Did everyone provide their details yet?
  * ACTION: Rosanna to call the bank today and provide all the information they requested

 * Annual report printing - how many copies?
  * We printed 100 last year, but we have some leftovers (that we could bring back to GUADEC this year too)
  * Price scales roughly linearly with the number of copies
  * The current quote is significantly cheaper (2-3x) than previous years
  * VOTE: let's print 100 copies for around 787CAD (~600USD).
   * +1 Shaun, Jim, Cosimo, Alexandre, Meg, Allan. VOTE PASSED

== Ongoing ==

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

 * GNOME Board team building
  * 2016-06-27
   * ACTION: Allan to open a wiki page with the GUADEC meeting agenda
    * https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/GUADEC/2016/Agenda

 * GUADEC Manchester bid
  * 2016-05-09
   * The Board received a bid from Manchester for GUADEC 2017
   * There's a document to review
   * ACTION: Kat will collect and send comments once we have reviewed the document
  * 2016-05-23
   * Action item still pending for Kat to collect/send feedback
  * 2016-07-05
   * Alexandre takes over the action item from Kat

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

 * Annual report
  * 2016-06-06: financial report is still missing, printing requires having an hard deadline set, ideally mid-week
  * 2016-06-13: texts all gathered now, undergoing editing and layout
  * 2016-06-20, Layout in progress, got some quotes from print shop. Will need budget soon, but should be cheaper than last year (should be around $300)
  * 2016-07-05: budget approved, we're printing 100


=== Ongoing but stalled ===

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

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

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


== Nice to have ==

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 27th, 2016

= Foundation Board Minutes for Monday, June 27th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, July 5th, 17:00 UTC

Wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20160627

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

 * Ekaterina Gerasimova (outgoing)
 * Andrea Veri (outgoing)

== Missing ==


== Agenda ==

 * GNOME Board Team building (Nuritzi)

 * Annual Report
  * Revised pricing estimates
  * Data visualization for financial report

=== Ongoing ===

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

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

== Minutes ==

 * New board is effective today and can start voting

 * Annual Report
  * Jeff got a new estimate for pricing, but will need to be updated to use the correct dimensions
  * Mostly finishing touches and a couple of charts/graphs missing now

 * GNOME Board team building
  * Would be nice if our meetings had a more human element to them
  * Team building is different than onboarding
  * Nuritzi volunteers to lead a team building workshop at the GUADEC meeting
  * Could use the morning before the advisory board meeting
   * Or 1-2 hours during the first day if that works better
  * We can plan for 2h and scale it down if the agenda looks too busy
  * ACTION: Allan to open a wiki page with the GUADEC meeting agenda
   * https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoardPrivate/GUADEC/2016/Agenda

 * New board meeting time
  * 17:00 UTC Tuesday
  * ACTION: Nuritzi to send out announcement to list


== Ongoing ==

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

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

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

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


=== Ongoing but stalled ===

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

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

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


== Nice to have ==

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

== Completed actions ==

 * Unixstickers
  * 2016-02-02
   * Allan has an action item to follow up with this
   * Kat put some information on the agreements page for similar cases
  * 2016-02-09, Allan drafted email - need to send that out
  * 2016-02-16, Allan has been in touch with them. Got a good response and sent a draft agreement document. Will be having a call with them on Friday.
  * 2016-02-23 (excerpts taken from the mailing list)
   * Allan confirms the Unixstickers team read the draft trademark agreement and acknowledged it
   * 10% of the proceeds will be returned back as royalties
   * Only GNOME sticakers are sold right now, the idea is to encourage them to also sell t-shirts and mugs
  * 2016-03-01, Allan followed up and is now waiting to hear back to Unixstickers
  * 2016-03-08, Allan to ask who will pay for postage
  * 2016-03-22, they'll pay for sticker postage
  * 2016-04-04, Allan has asked Pam to draft an agreement for them to sign. Waiting to hear back.
  * 2016-05-02
   * Pam sent a draft back to the Board, certain details (such as royalty prices for items) are still to be discussed
   * A vote has happened on the mailing list as a general "we're good with it" approval, another vote will be required before signing it
  * 2016-05-23, we got a signed agreement back, but there's some details to work out first. Currently waiting for a response.
  * 2016-06-13, Allan has sent them a copy of the agreement to sign. Waiting to hear back.
  * 2016-06-27: Jeff has signed the agreement. Allan has sent it back to them and archived it on the wiki - action item is complete.

June 23, 2016

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

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

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

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

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==


== Missing ==


== Agenda ==

 * Welcome new board members, voting handover, officers discussion


=== Ongoing ===

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

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

== Minutes ==

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

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


== Ongoing ==

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

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

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

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

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


=== Ongoing but stalled ===

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

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

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


== Nice to have ==

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

== Completed actions ==

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

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


June 22, 2016

GNOME 3.21.3 released

Hello all,

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

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

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

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

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

The GNOME 3.21.3 release is available here:

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

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

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

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

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

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

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

--
Michael Catanzaro
GNOME Release Team

June 18, 2016

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

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

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

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

== Attending ==

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


== Regrets ==


== Missing ==


== Agenda ==

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

=== Ongoing ===

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

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

== Minutes ==


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

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

== Ongoing ==

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

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

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

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

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

=== Ongoing but stalled ===

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

=== Ongoing but no director assigned ===

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

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


== Nice to have ==

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

== Completed actions ==

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


June 17, 2016

GNOME 3.21.3 unstable tarballs due (responsible: mcatanzaro)

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-06-20 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.3
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.21.3. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


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

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

Thanks,

May 27, 2016

GNOME 3.21.2 Released

Hi!

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

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

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

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

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

The GNOME 3.21.2 release is available here:

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

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

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

For more information about 3.21, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see:

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

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

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