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February 03, 2016

Endless joins the GNOME Advisory Board

ORINDA, CA – February 3, 2016 – The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Endless, creator of the Endless computer and operating system, has joined the GNOME Foundation advisory board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. The board includes Google, Intel, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, among others.

“We are very excited to join the GNOME Foundation advisory board,” said, Jonathan Blandford, VP Engineering at Endless and GNOME advisory board member. “The goals of the GNOME Foundation are perfectly aligned with the goals of Endless; to create a technology platform for the general public that is designed to be elegant, efficient, and easy to use.”

The Endless computer is the world’s first fully functioning desktop PC designed to bring the next four billion people into the information age.

“Endless is using GNOME in innovative ways to help close the digital divide. We’re excited to have them share their vision on the GNOME advisory board.” said Shaun McCance, President of the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors.

The nonprofit GNOME Foundation is an independent organization committed to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME Project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.

More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at www.gnome.org

February 01, 2016

GNOME Foundation was never bankrupt

We are aware that there have been references online claiming that the GNOME Foundation was bankrupted in 2013 along with accusations about who was responsible.

To clarify the matter, the Foundation was never bankrupt. Quite a while ago, there was a temporary cash flow issue which is now completely resolved. Funds that were committed by sponsors and earmarked for the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) were delayed in payment. GNOME Foundation’s board temporarily froze expenditures while it collected the funds and revamped its financial procedures to adjust for the additional cash flow going forward. Every cent of the funds was ultimately received. Additionally, GNOME collected administrative fees which covered the program’s expenses.

Karen Sandler, our former Executive Director, made certain there were firm financial commitments from OPW sponsors prior to authorizing outgoing payments and she further ensured that all funds were ultimately recouped. While we were disappointed when Karen chose to leave the Foundation for a new position at the Software Freedom Conservancy, she has the full support of the GNOME community who elected her onto the Board of Directors in 2014. We are grateful for her continued involvement with Foundation activities on a voluntary basis after her term on the Board, as well as being a Free Software advocate and pro-bono lawyer for us and other projects.

While OPW has transferred to another home which is more suited to the program’s size and breadth, we remain an active partner of the program and are proud to support it.

January 24, 2016

Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 19th, 2016

= Minutes for Tuesday, January 19th 2016, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 26 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Jeff F.T.
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Shaun McCance
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Allan Day

== Regrets ==

 * Andrea Veri
 * Alexandre Franke

== Missing ==

== Agenda ==

 * GNOME.Asia budget
 * GUADEC contract
 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for accessibility work
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors?

Ongoing:
 * ED search update
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright
 * CiviCRM discussion
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors
 * Jeff reimbursement request (from the mailing list)

== Minutes ==

 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for a11y work
  * We support the cause but don't have a history working with individuals.
  * Allan suggests sending email proposing ramp up, work more closely as time goes on
  * ACTION: Allan will send email 

 * GNOME.Asia budget
  * GNOME.Asia asked if there are funds
  * Kat asked them to prepare a budget and formal request

 * GUADEC contract
  * Talking to LinuxTag about handling money, insurance, etc in Europe
  * Will be a draft contract coming to the board for review

 * VOTE: 300-400 budget allocation for printing banners and other event-related items for the event box in time for FOSDEM
  * +1 Shaun, Jeff, Cosimo, Allan, Kat. VOTE PASSED

Ongoing:
 * 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 2015-01-12
   * 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
   
 * 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.

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01
   * ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
   * No news on this, action item from Shaun is still pending.
  * 2015-12-08 to 2016-01-19
   * No updates.

 * CiviCRM discussion (from 2015-12-15's minutes)
  * ACTION: Jeff to pick the item up again in 2016

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks (last discussion from 2016-01-05)
  * Awaiting for Andrea's reply

 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors
  * Item has been deferred.

 * Jeff reimbursement request (from the mailing list, discussed on the 2016-01-12)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Unixstickers
  * They're selling GNOME branded items
  * No trademark licence agreement has ever been signed with them
  * Board to get in touch with them about this

== Completed actions ==

== Pending action items ==
 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for a11y work
  * Allan to send an email
 * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement to the sponsorship brochure
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * 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
 * Shaun and Allan to create a webpage for prior pants winners
 * 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
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the 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
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation (inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service)



Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 12th, 2016

= Minutes for Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 19 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

 * Cosimo Cecchi

== Missing ==

== Agenda for Jan 12 ==

 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for accessibility work
 * IndiaHacks open source hackathon
 * GNOME Peru Camp
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors

Ongoing:
 * ED search update
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright
 * CiviCRM discussion
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks

== Minutes ==

 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for accessibility work
  * Request was sent through the mailing list
  * Cosimo replied to the request already, still waiting for a reply from their side

 * IndiaHacks open source hackathon
  * No need for a Board action about this.

 * GNOME Peru Camp
  * We have the budget for this event to happen. (around 500 USD)
  * Julita provided a breakdown of the various planned expenses on the list
  * The event is two weeks away already.
  * The cost seems to be appropriate for the amount of participants to the event (30 people)
  * VOTE: Approve the budget for 30 attendees to take part to the GNOME Peru Camp, conditional to reaching a minimum of 25 participants
   * +1 Jeff, Shaun, Alexandre, Andrea, Kat
   * VOTE PASSED

 * Endless is joining the advisory board
  * There is much rejoicing!
  * We ought to make a press release about this

 * Jeff reimbursement request (from the mailing list)
  * Annual report reimbursement looks OK
  * Wait for the Travel Committee to parse the various receipts and come up with a reply

 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors
  * Deferred.

Ongoing:
 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No updates.
  * 2015-01-12
   * No updates.

 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No updates.
  * 2016-01-12
   * No updates.

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01
   * ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
   * No news on this, action item from Shaun is still pending.
  * 2015-12-08
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No news.
  * 2016-01-12
   * No news.

 * CiviCRM discussion (from 2015-12-15's minutes)
  * ACTION: Jeff to pick the item up again in 2016

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks (last discussion from 2016-01-05)
  * Awaiting for Andrea's reply

== Completed actions ==

== Pending action items ==
 * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement to the sponsorship brochure
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * 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
 * Shaun and Allan to create a webpage for prior pants winners
 * 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
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the 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
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation (inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service



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

= Minutes for Tuesday, January 5th 2016, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 12 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

 * Andrea Veri

== Missing ==


== Agenda for Jan 5 ==

 * Statement of support for the SFC's campaign
 * Drew Adams' question regarding SCALE
 * J-P Mengual's partnership request for accessibility work
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors?
 * GNOME logo use as avatar

Ongoing:
 * ED search update
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright
 * CiviCRM discussion
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks

== Minutes ==

 * Statement of support for the SFC's campaign
  * Discussed on the mailing list, all in support
  * Delegated to the Engagement team

 * Marc Dunivan and Drew Adams' questions regarding SCALE
  * Do we have a presence at SCALE and Ubucon lately? Not that we know of. We used to have volunteers attending SCALE and manning a booth there some years ago, but they moved into different states/countries now.
  * SCALE is 21st of January, too late for this year
  * Need to recover and revamp the north-american Event Box (engagement team to evaluate the gear that it needs now)
  * Need local people to step up (hi, foundation-list!) to make this initiative happen again
  * ACTION: Allan to get back to Drew and Adam saying we can't pull off a booth now, but we can send stickers/promo materials and we're interested for the future

 * J-P Mengual's partnership request (for accessibility work)
  * What would the partnership concretely entail?
  * We can definitely support them in promoting their crowdfunding campaign
  * They are a for-profit company, it looks like the role they want to have is to manage how the development work happens
  * We don't want to be collecting money for a for-profit company
  * Need clarification on what they mean exactly with URLs exchange
  * ACTION: Cosimo to get back to them

 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
  * Same amount, or bigger (or lower) amount than the previous fundraiser?
   * We are in a different situation than 2010, would we be able to raise as much?
    * The previous figure of 40k sounds like a really hard sell nowadays.
    * The tricky part if aiming high (or higher) is it looks bad if we don't hit it
   * The idea is to raise money from new companies, such as hosting companies, but it's a large task and needs connections from inside those companies (hi, foundation list?)
  * We can always do with more help. An alternative approach could be to request sysadmin time from our sponsors?
   * General feeling it would be good, but probably needs training, or it would feel alien to the community
  * ACTION: Jeff to talk to Andrea and Patrick to get a good estimation of how many hours per week we would routinely need to keep things going, then we could try to aim for a specific number that covers e.g. a full year

 * GNOME logo use as avatar
  * Precedent of the "I am GNOME" logo, which was semi-officially recommended as a badge/avatar during 3.0 days
  * Probably we should have clearer guidelines about when to use or not the logo, and redirect people to the "I am GNOME" logo for that purpose
  * Further discussion deferred

Ongoing:
 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No updates.

 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No updates.

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01
   * ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
   * No news on this, action item from Shaun is still pending.
  * 2015-12-08
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-01-05
   * No news.

 * CiviCRM discussion (from 2015-12-15's minutes)
  * ACTION: Jeff to pick the item up again in 2016

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Paypal giving fund
  * Alexandre proposed to evaluate the "Giving Fund" program at Paypal
  * The program allows charities to get more exposure and to receive donations without transaction fees

== Completed actions ==

 * DX hackfest in January 2016
  * ACTION: Kat to get back to Philip

 * Endless design hackfest
   * ACTION: Cosimo to communicate the to the travel committee about the extra budget and to process the requests quickly because of time constraints
   * ACTION: Allan to communicate to the other designers involved in the hackfest to get travel requests in ASAP
   * ACTION: Cosimo to communicate to Endless organizers for publicity on the hackfest

== Pending action items ==
 * Marc Dunivan and Drew Adams' questions regarding SCALE
  * Allan to get back to Drew and Adam saying we can't pull off a booth now, but we can send stickers/promo materials and we're interested for the future
 * J-P Mengual's partnership request
  * Cosimo to get back to them
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
   * Jeff to talk to Andrea and Patrick to get a good estimation of how many hours per week we would routinely need to keep things going, then we could try to aim for a specific number that covers e.g. a full year
 * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement to the sponsorship brochure
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * 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
 * Shaun and Allan to create a webpage for prior pants winners
 * 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
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the 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
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation (inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service)



Minutes of the Board Meeting of December, 22th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 5 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Allan Day
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Alexandre Franke
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Jeff F.T.

== Regrets ==

 * Shaun McCance
 * Andrea Veri

== Missing ==

== Agenda for Dec 22 ==

 * DX hackfest in early 2016
 * Endless design hackfest sponsorship
 * General discussion about attracting contributors?

Ongoing:
 * ED search update
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright

== Minutes ==

 * Status of GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochure
  * 2015-12-08
   * (DONE) ACTION: Jeff to send out the brochures ASAP
  * 2015-12-15
   * Jeff sent out emails to various potential sponsors to get things rolling, but waiting on further news or coordination with conference organizing teams for next steps
   * Local organizing teams ought to prepare their own conference-specific brochures, hopefully at the beginning of the new year
   * ACTION: Jeff to review in the new year and chase up individual organizations.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.

 * Desktop summit taxes
  * 2015-10-27
    * (DONE) ACTION: Kat and Rosanna to schedule a call with Marta to 
sort things out with the Desktop Summit taxes
  * 2015-12-08
    * No news yet. Call with the KDE team is expected soon.
  * 2015-12-15
   * Kat and Zana had a call with KDE and came up with a (new!) number: EUR 3411.47
   * ACTION: Zana to ideally send that out now
  * 2015-12-22
   * Wire was sent out already, item DONE

 * Pam's reimbursement for trademark renewals
  * 2015-12-15
   * Trademarks were successfully renewed.
   * ACTION: Zana to review
  * 2015-12-22
   * Wire has been sent out, item DONE

 * GIMP reimbursements
  * 2015-12-01
   * It's been sent, we're waiting to hear if there are any issues.
  * 2015-12-08
   * Still waiting to hear from bank if there are issues; no news is good news.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news. Should be done if we don't hear bad things back from the bank.
  * 2015-12-22
   * item DONE

 * DX hackfest in January 2016
  * VOTE: approve DX hackfest as an official hackfest. +1 Kat, Cosimo, Allan, Alexandre, Jeff. VOTE PASSED
  * Let's involve the engagement team to advertise this.
  * ACTION: Kat to get back to Philip

 * Endless design hackfest
  * Endless will host it and put money towards travel
  * VOTE: approve the hackfest as an official hackfest and accept the sponsorship from Endless, with the GNOME Travel Committee processing the requests. +1 Cosimo, Jeff, Alexandre, Kat. Allan abstained.
    * VOTE PASSED
  * ACTION: Cosimo to communicate the to the travel committee about the extra budget and to process the requests quickly because of time constraints
  * ACTION: Allan to communicate to the other designers involved in the hackfest to get travel requests in ASAP
  * ACTION: Cosimo to communicate to Endless organizers for publicity on the hackfest

Ongoing:
 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.

 * 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
   * No updates.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No updates.

 * Instagram filters in GNOME
  * 2015-12-08
   * Current implementation using original Instagram names
   * ACTION: Cosimo to follow up with Debarshi about whether he can change the names to be different
  * 2015-12-15
   * Updates about this item are available on the "Discussed on the mailing list" area
   * item DONE

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01
   * ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
   * No news on this, action item from Shaun is still pending.
  * 2015-12-08
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-22
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.

 * CiviCRM discussion (from 2015-12-15's minutes)
  * ACTION: Jeff to pick the item up again in 2016

== Pending action items ==
 * DX hackfest in January 2016
  * Kat to get back to Philip
 * Endless design hackfest
  * Cosimo to communicate the to the travel committee about the extra budget and to process the requests quickly because of time constraints
  * Allan to communicate to the other designers involved in the hackfest to get travel requests in ASAP
  * Cosimo to communicate to Endless organizers for publicity on the hackfest
 * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement to the sponsorship brochure
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * 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
 * Shaun and Allan to create a webpage for prior pants winners
 * 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
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the 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
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation (inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service)



January 22, 2016

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 Call For Participation is now open

The GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 team invites proposals for presentations at the conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is GNOME Asia’s user and developer conference, with the goal of spreading GNOME across Asia and encouraging contributions. The 2016 edition of the Summit will be held at the Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad, Delhi (NCR), India from April 21st to 24th.

 

GNOME Asia Summit

GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 will follow the release of GNOME 3.20 and will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements in the release, as well as potential work for upcoming releases.

Proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers are welcomed alike. Please submit yours at: http://2016.gnome.asia/cfp/submission/
Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

    • Contributing to GNOME’s success in Asia
    • How to Promote GNOME in Asia
    • GNOME Marketing/Engagement
    • How to run a Local GNOME Users Group
    • Asia success stories / Local GNOME Projects
    • GNOME and Education

Contributing to GNOME:

  • Usability
  • GNOME Human Interface Engineering (Icons and Graphic
    Design)
  • Hacking on or with GNOME
  • Latest developments in GNOME
  • QA and testing in GNOME
  • GNOME Accessibility
  • Writing applications for GNOME 3

Taking GNOME to new places:

  • Developing GNOME on mobile devices (smart phones, tablets)
  • Developing GNOME on embedded systems or open source hardware
  • On-going projects and success stories
  • Localization and Internationalization
  • Translations
  • Input methods
  • Fonts

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 lighting talks. These are a five 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: Feb 16, 2016
Confirmation of paper acceptance: Feb 23, 2016

All interested contributors are highly encouraged to send in talks.
The GNOME.Asia 2016 Team

*More information about GNOME Asia Summit 2016 is available at: http://2016.gnome.asia/

GNOME 3.19.4 released

Hi!,

GNOME 3.19.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it with caution.

To compile GNOME 3.19.4, 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/3.19.4/
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.19.3 and 3.19.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.4/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.19.4 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.4
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.4

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 3.19, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.19
planning page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

January 15, 2016

GNOME 3.19.4 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-01-18 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.4
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 3.19.4. 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 3.19, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.19
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

January 12, 2016

GNOME supports the work of Software Freedom Conservancy

The GNOME community has dedicated the last 18 years to building great software for our users. We have created a library of work that is found not only in our desktop but also in various other important software and hardware. As a proud part of the GNU Project, GNOME licenses its software freely to ensure that the work will continue to be free for everyone to use and build on. To do this, we use the GPL (GNU General Public License) and the LGPL (GNU Lesser General Public License).

However, relying on these license choices only works if everyone plays by the rules. The GNOME community knows that others can take our software for their own ends without complying with the licenses. Bad actors could attempt to proprietarize our work without acknowledging our efforts and without giving back to our community. The GPL functions to support the Free Software model because there are legal consequences to violating it.

Software Freedom Conservancy — a charitable non-profit dedicated to Free Software — has led efforts to make sure that compliance happens. They provide education about GPL Compliance, and ensure that companies and individuals comply with the GPL by following up on violations and providing litigation assistance when there is no other avenue available.

Conservancy is currently running a campaign to ensure its continued long-term operations.  We encourage individuals to support Conservancy  at https://sfconservancy.org/supporter/, as supporting their GPL enforcement activities benefits all copylefted free software projects. Until January 31, Supporter sign ups will be generously matched by Private Internet Access. Please also become a Friend of GNOME and financially support the GNOME Foundation too!

January 10, 2016

Minutes of the Board Meeting of December, 15th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, December 22th, 2015, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Alexandre Franke
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Jeff Fortin Tam
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Allan Day

== Regrets ==

 * Andrea Veri
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Shaun McCance

== Missing ==

== Agenda for Dec 15 ==

 * Status of GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochure
 * Status of logo copyright

Ongoing:
 * Desktop summit taxes
 * ED search update
 * GIMP reimbursements
 * Google Play account
 * Instagram filters in GNOME

== Minutes ==

 * Status of GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochure
  * 2015-12-08
   * (DONE) ACTION: Jeff to send out the brochures ASAP
  * 2015-12-15
   * Jeff sent out emails to various potential sponsors to get things rolling, but waiting on further news or coordination with conference organizing teams for next steps
   * Local organizing teams ought to prepare their own conference-specific brochures, hopefully at the beginning of the new year
   * ACTION: Jeff to review in the new year and chase up individual organizations.

 * Desktop summit taxes
  * 2015-10-27
    * (DONE) ACTION: Kat and Rosanna to schedule a call with Marta to sort things out with the Desktop Summit taxes
  * 2015-12-08
    * No news yet. Call with the KDE team is expected soon.
  * 2015-12-15
   * Kat and Zana had a call with KDE and came up with a (new!) number: EUR 3411.47
   * ACTION: Zana to ideally send that out now

 * Pam's reimbursement for trademark renewals
  * 2015-12-15
   * Trademarks were successfully renewed.
   * ACTION: Zana to review

 * GIMP reimbursements
  * 2015-12-01
   * It's been sent, we're waiting to hear if there are any issues.
  * 2015-12-08
   * Still waiting to hear from bank if there are issues; no news is good news.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news. Should be done if we don't hear bad things back from the bank.

 * CiviCRM
  * 2015-12-15
   * Would be nice to use it to manage our contacts, keeping track of donors and sponsors, sending out emails more easily, etc.
   * Some years ago we considered CiviCRM to manage the Friends of GNOME program. Why didn't it work back then?
   * After spending a lot of time with a consultant, it was said that it couldn't do what we wanted: we needed subscription payments, and it couldn't handle unlimited subscription payments. Apparently, at the time, everybody thought it was surprising that we'd need such a feature.
    * A bit surprising, given that the FSF uses CiviCRM and has paid "membership cards" (thus subscriptions).
   * CiviCRM probably changed a lot since we last looked at it.
   * ACTION: Jeff to investigate the suitability in 2016

Ongoing:
 * 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
   * No updates.

 * 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
   * No updates.

 * Instagram filters in GNOME
  * 2015-12-08
   * Current implementation using original Instagram names
   * ACTION: Cosimo to follow up with Debarshi about whether he can change the names to be different
  * 2015-12-15
   * Updates about this item are available on the "Discussed on the mailing list" area

 * Status of logo copyright
  * 2015-12-01
   * ACTION: Shaun to send out email to d-d-l with proposal
   * No news on this, action item from Shaun is still pending.
  * 2015-12-08
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.
  * 2015-12-15
   * No news still. Action item is still pending.

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Instagram filters in GNOME
  * Cosimo reached out to Debarshi suggesting the use of different names (word plays) than the original and official ones
  * There's still uncertainty on what the final solution will be, the Board is fine with whatever other preferred solution as long as the original names are not being used

== Completed actions ==
 * Kat and Rosanna to schedule a call with Marta to sort things out with the Desktop Summit taxes
 * Jeff to send out the GUADEC and GNOME.Asia sponsorship brochures ASAP
 * Cosimo to follow up with Debarshi about whether he can change the names to be different

== Pending action items ==
 * Allan and Sri to coordinate with the engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Cosimo to follow up with interested parties on how to spend the Privacy campaign funds
 * Jeff and Cosimo to handle the first review of sysadmin sponsorship brochure and any eventual improvement to the sponsorship brochure
 * Shaun: GNOME logo use by podiatrist
  * Podiatrist possible trademark infringement: Shaun to check the trademark details for the GNOME logo and update the licensing page on the website (obsolete)
 * 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
 * Shaun and Allan to create a webpage for prior pants winners
 * 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
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the 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
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation (inventory management: some stuff we have heaps of, some we run out of stock quickly; consider an on-demand production service)



December 17, 2015

GNOME 3.19.3 released

Hi all,

only a day late, here is the third development snapshot in the
GNOME 3.19 development cycle: 3.19.3.

To compile this snapshot, 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/3.19.3/
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

To find out what changed between 3.19.2 and 3.19.3, you can read
the release notes here:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.3/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.3/NEWS

The GNOME 3.19.3 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.3
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.3


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 3.19, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.19
planning page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Since this is the last snapshot of the 2015,

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year


Matthias

December 11, 2015

GNOME 3.19.3 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-12-14 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.3
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 3.19.3. 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 3.19, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.19
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

November 27, 2015

GNOME 3.19.2 released

Hi!

The second snapshot of GNOME 3.19 is now available, it incorporates
updates from 3.18.2 as well as quite a serie of edgier modules.

To compile GNOME 3.19.2, 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/3.19.2/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.18.1 and 3.19.2
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.2/NEWS
apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.2/NEWS

The GNOME 3.19.2 release is available here:

core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.19/3.19.2
apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.19/3.19.2

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 3.19, 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


Cheers,

        Fred

November 06, 2015

In Memory of Telsa Gwynne

The GNOME Foundation is proud to honor Telsa Gwynne for her contributions to the GNOME community.

It is with deep regret and sadness that we announce that Telsa after living with cancer for a while she passed away this last Tuesday, November 3, 2015. Telsa was a long-time GNOME contributor who began by contributing to Welsh translations. She participated in the bug squad, managing bugs in the GNOME 2 code and documentation, and she served on the release team. She was heavily involved in GNOME, and served on the Board of Directors in 2002.

While Telsa did not consider herself to be a technical person, she was passionate about Free Software, and enjoyed promoting and using it. She brought many new members to the GNOME community with her enthusiasm and kindness. She will be remembered as an early pioneer in creating a positive GNOME community.

Telsa was one of the few women who contributed in the early days of GNOME. While we wish our community had been an inviting place for women like Telsa, it unfortunately was not. Telsa eventually left Free Software due to misogynistic and demeaning comments towards her. While the community has changed quite a bit since then, and has even fostered programs like GNOME OPW to encourage more women to participate in GNOME, we still have a long way to go in making Free Software a welcoming home for everyone.

GNOME considers Telsa as one of its own. Her contributions will be immortalized in our collective work. Farewell, Telsa. We will miss you.

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