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May 04, 2016

Red Hat Donates Servers to the GNOME Project

ORINDA CA. The GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their recent donation of two new servers. The donation is part of a wider plan aiming to consolidate the location of the various GNOME servers around the globe into one single datacenter. This will help ease day-to-day operations and reduce intervention time in the case of network disruptions or outages.

Each donated server has 128GB of RAM, 48 cores and comes with an Enterprise SSD made for high throughput. This will greatly improve the running of services like build.gnome.org and sdk.gnome.org.

Once again, the GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their continued sponsorship of servers, internet bandwidth and local hardware-related IT support.

May 02, 2016

GUADEC 2017 Manchester bid

Hello

I'm happy to present our bid to put on the 2017 edition of GUADEC in
Manchester, UK. You can download it as a PDF from here:
http://afuera.me.uk/files/guadec2017-manchester-bid.pdf

We have met some really helpful while putting together this bid, both
at the Manchester Metropolitan University, which is our proposed
venue, and at the Marketing Manchester conference bureau, who have
helped make the bid document. Thanks to both.

That said, we will need more help to make the conference happen!
Manchester has several free software groups and has a huge number of
software & technology enthusiasts so I'm confident we can put together
a larger local team, but please don't hesitate to get in touch now if
you are UK-based and would be willing to help with the organisation of
the conference!

One aspect which we would need to sort out early on is how to handle
funds for the event (i.e. whose bank account to use). We would save a
lot of money in tax if the money was handled by a charity, but we
don't know of any suitable free-software related UK charities to
approach about this. Any pointers would be welcome. We could also set
up a new charity for the conference, but it would be nicer to spend
bureaucracy

Please get in touch with comments, questions etc.

Sam

PS. I've not put this bid on the wiki because I don't seem to have
permission to edit the <https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2017/Bids> page
:-)

April 29, 2016

GNOME 3.21.1 released

Hi GNOMEers!

development of the next GNOME release, 3.22, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.21.1, is now available. This is a very early snapshot,
and not too much has landed yet; I expect that to change soon.

To compile GNOME 3.21.1, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

[1] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[2] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.21.1/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.20.1 and 3.21.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1/NEWS

The GNOME 3.21.1 release is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.21/3.21.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.21/3.21.1


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

This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes.

GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development status.

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

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

April 28, 2016

Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2016

Dear Foundation Members,

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to 
announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring 
2016.

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

                          *GNOME Board Elections 2016*
                2016-05-06: List of candidates opens.
                2016-05-18: Last day to announce candidacies, submit summary statements.
                2016-05-21: Final list of candidates.
                2016-05-25: Instructions mailed to eligible voters, voting begins.
                2016-06-08: Voting closes.
                2016-06-10: Preliminary results are announced.
                2016-06-17: Last day to challenge preliminary results.


ELECTIONS
=========

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


CANDIDACY
=========

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

Candidacies must be announced prior to 2016-05-18, 23:59 UTC.

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

A list of candidates will be announced on 2016-05-21.

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

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


ELECTORATE
==========

Every GNOME Foundation member whose membership is valid as of 
2016-05-21 is eligible to vote in the elections. Please note that 
Emeritus members won't have voting rights. More details about what 
Emeritus members can and can't do are available at 
https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee/EmeritusMembers.

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

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

ssh -l gnome_userid account.gnome.org

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

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


VOTING
======

The Electorate will receive complete instructions on how to vote by 
2016-05-25 via email.

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

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

---

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

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


April 27, 2016

The GNOME Foundation welcomes ARM device donations

ORINDA CA. The GNOME Project is delighted to announce that it has received the donation of a large number of ARM hardware, which will be used for development and testing purposes. These donations were made by a variety of companies, including ARM, Banana Pi, Codethink, Endless and Qualcomm. We would like to offer our sincere thanks to each of these partners for their help in this important initiative.

The donated systems will be used to build and test GNOME technologies and applications on 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the ARM architecture. This will allow binary GNOME releases for ARM, as a part of the sdk.gnome.org initiative. ARM support for the GNOME Continuous project is also planned, so that the latest development versions of the whole GNOME stack will be continuously built and tested on ARM architectures.

The ability to run GNOME software on ARM architectures promises to open up a range of computing devices to GNOME developers and distributors. This includes low cost desktop devices, including Raspberry Pi and Endless. It also opens the possibility of running GNOME software on mobile devices more easily. In so doing, these donations help to further GNOME’s mission to bring complete Free Software solutions to as many people as possible.

The following companies and people helped secure ARM donations for the Foundation:

ARM
Andrew Wafaa from ARM quickly responded to our request and reached out internally to find us some hardware. In just a few weeks, he was able to secure an OVERDRIVE 3000 from SoftIron which has an octa-core AMD Opteron A1100 64-bit Cortex A57 ARM processor with 16Gb of RAM and 1TB hard disk. This machine is already hosted in the Red Hat Phoenix datacenter where other GNOME servers are located.

Banana Pi
Leo Xu from Banana Pi reached out to us and donated a total of five Single Board Computers with different Allwinner ARM chips. We will send them to developers interested in enabling such hardware for use with GNOME.

Codethink & Endless
Paul Sherwood from Codethink reached out to us offering us several blades on Codethink’s HP Moonshot system hosted by them in the UK. Endless is sponsoring a project with Codethink to use this hardware to make xdg-app runtime, SDK and app builds for ARM.

Qualcomm
Manik Taneja and Victor Ruiz from Canonical reached out to Ketal Gandhi at Qualcomm about GNOME’s need for ARM hardware. Gandhi was able to have Qualcomm donate four Dragonboard 410c Single Board Computers from the 96boards project. These boards will provide a great platform for application developers who want to test their apps in ARM.

Other Sources of Help

The Foundation would also like to give its thanks to several other people who offered help:

  • Arc Riley who kindly offered rack space
  • Michael Larabel from Phoronix who offered a lot of unused PandaBoards
  • Kevin Fenzi from Fedora who offered hardware from the Fedora infrastructure
  • Mikael Frykholm from Tranquillity Hosting offered us rack space
  • David Tischler from miniNodes offered to buy Raspberry Pi 3s for us if needed
  • Yann Leger from Scaleway who committed to offer ARM servers in the future

Some of the donated ARM boards have already been sent to GNOME contributors to begin development, and the Foundation encourages others to get involved.

Thanks once again to all concerned – the GNOME Foundation sincerely appreciates the support.

April 22, 2016

GNOME 3.21.1 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-04-25 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.21.1
unstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.21.1. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


For more information about 3.21, 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,

April 15, 2016

GNOME 3.21/3.22 Schedule available

Hey everybody,

the release schedule for GNOME 3.21/3.22 is out:

   https://wiki.gnome.org/ThreePointTwentyone

There also an ICS file available for your calendar, and it's also
linked from https://wiki.gnome.org/MaintainersCorner

Cheers,
andre

Minutes of the Board Meeting of April, 11th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, April 11th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, April 18th, 19:30 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Cosimo Cecchi

== Missing ==

== Agenda ==

 * GUADEC 2017 call for bids
 * Next Advisory Board meeting planning
 * Tibit
 * Google AdWords non-profit grant
 * Advertising on gnome.org
 * Handling friends< at >gnome.org queries
 * ED search
 * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
 * Wau Holland Stiftung Foundation (EU donations)

Ongoing:
 * Yorba copyrights
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
 * Trademark license agreement with Unixstickers

== Minutes ==

 * GUADEC 2017 call for bids
  * Call for Bids e-mail was sent out to foundation-announce: https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00004.html
  * Kat mentioned the fact Directors should be poking GNOME user groups or individual contributors willing to bid for GUADEC 2017
  * Possible bids: Lyon (FR), Manchester (UK)
  
 * Next Advisory Board meeting planning
  * ACTION: Shaun to pick up potential dates and mail advisory-board list proposing a new date (ideally during the first week of May, it's too late already to plan it in April)
  
 * Tibit
  * No updates. Alexandre still to get back to them.
  
 * Google AdWords non-profit grant
  * If the non-profit is US-based it should be enough for Google to directly check IRS data in order for the grant to be assigned to the GNOME Foundation
  * The Engagement team should ideally handle the consecutive steps (i.e find keywords to broadcast, organize a campaign)
  * ACTION: Rosanna to provide Shaun the needed tax-related documentation

 * Handling friends< at >gnome.org queries
  * Allan, Andreas Nilsson and Tobi are going to meet this upcoming wednesday to discuss possible improvements on the FoG program
  * Andrea touched base with Tobi about migrating his scripts over to the GNOME Foundation Infrastructure
   * We have a tarball with all the scripts, which are also available through a version control system at http://hg.cryptobitch.de/gnome-paypal
   * Tobi is busy and won't be able to handle the migration on his own right now
   
 * ED search
  * Jonathan mailed the Board mentioning the ED Search Committee is back on track, they'll start meeting on a regular basis again
  * The main question he had was whether it made sense to re-use the same job description
   * Should the overall position be rethought?
    * The requirement for deep fundraising experience and fat rolodex has been limiting the amount of candidates that fit the main criterion
     * People who have such amounts of experience are often not applying for positions in a non-profit (esp. a small-medium sized one)
    * There are plenty of other skills besides fundraising that comprise this position

 * Selling 3rd party merch at confs
  * There's a proposal (by Allan) to sell third party merchandise during GNOME events
  * Sellers could send us samples and order forms for customers to fill in. After the event we'd send the forms back and they'd process the orders.

 * Wau Holland Stiftung Foundation (EU donations)
  * Alexandre asked for updates about the status of EU donations
  * WHS replied back with some statistics
   * Contact information is missing from the donors
   * Are privacy requirements more strict in the EU than in the US? Many details about the donors themselves are missing from the provided documents
  * They're requesting a GPG key for mail exchanges with them. Should Alexandre use his own key? We don't have a "GNOME foundation" one.
  * Public copy of the contract is located at https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Resources/WHSAgreement
  * ACTION: Alexandre to ask for further information

== 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
  * 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

 * 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.

 * 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

 * Next adboard meeting
  * 2016-02-09, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to find a good time for the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, ACTION: Shaun to schedule the next meeting
  * 2016-03-15, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00000.html
  * 2016-03-22, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00001.html
  * 2016-03-28, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00002.html
  * 2016-04-04, ACTION: Allan to follow-up to Rosanna's e-mail to the advisory-board mailing list proposing a new date

 * 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

 * Yorba Copyrights
 * 2016-03-28, ACTION: Kat to communicate with Yorba and propose them to first get in touch with other organizations then come back to the GNOME Foundation if not satisfied by the proposed options
 
 * 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:  Get donation data from European donations system

 * tibit (from the mailing list)
  * 2016-02-23, ACTION: Alexandre to investigate a way to eventually include the Tibit donate button together with the existing ones
  * 2016-03-08, Alexandre fixed the broken Flattr image link url at wgo
  * 2016-03-15, Action item for Alexandre to get back to Carl still pending
  * 2016-03-28, FoG web page should require a revamp, we can then start to re-discuss this item

=== Ongoing but stalled (no discussions / actions since more than a month) ===

 * 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

=== Ongoing but 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 ==

 * 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 ==

 * GUADEC 2017 call for bids
  * 2016-03-15, Kat will take this over from Cosimo and will send something out within the next two weeks (Allan to help Kat out as well)
  * 2016-04-07, Announcement was published, https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00004.html


April 14, 2016

GNOME 3.20.1 released

Hello all,

Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.20, with many bug fixes,
documentation and translation updates, and various improvements.
We hope you'll enjoy it.

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.20, please
visit our release notes:
  https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.20/
and watch our release video:
  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JU2f_jkPRq4


Packages should shortly arrive in your distribution of choice, and if
you want to compile GNOME 3.20.1 by yourself, you can use the jhbuild
modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.20.1/

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.20/3.20.1/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.20/3.20.1/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.20/3.20.1/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.20/3.20.1/sources/



Thanks for using GNOME,

        Fred

April 08, 2016

GNOME 3.20.1 stable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2016-04-11 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.20.1
stable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your tarballs will
be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded later than that
will probably be too late to get in 3.20.1. If you are not able to
make a tarball before this deadline or if you think you'll be late,
please send a mail to the release team and we'll find someone to roll
the tarball for you!


For more information about 3.21, 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,

April 07, 2016

GUADEC 2017 call for bids

Hi all,

The GNOME Foundation would like to invite bids for hosting GUADEC 2017.

GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which
takes place in Europe every year, and you could make it happend next
year!

If you are interested in submitting a bid, you can talk to the
Foundation board and previous GUADEC organisers to find out more about
what is involved.

The deadline for bid submission will be the 1st of June by e-mail to
foundation-announce< at >gnome.org and board-list< at >gnome.org . Bids should
also be uploaded to https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/2017/Bids .

Your bid should demonstrate that:
* the location is easily accessible by plane or train
* you have a motivated local team with a few core members, preferably
with experience in event organisation
* a good venue is available to host the event
* there are affordable accommodation and places to eat
* there is local industry and government support

Bids from previous years are available for reference[1]. Also be aware
that while organising a conference such as GUADEC is a huge
undertaking, people from the GNOME community have been there before
you and will be there to help. You can find more information at
https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/HowTo including an overview of the sorts
of things you should include in the proposal.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the
Foundation board at board-list< at >gnome.org


Thanks
Kat

[1] https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/HowTo/Bid#Past_and_current_bids

Minutes of the Board Meeting of April, 4th, 2016

= Minutes for Monday, April 4th 2016, 19:30 UTC =

Next meeting date Monday, April 11th, 19:30 UTC

== Attending ==

 * Alexandre Franke
 * Jeff F. T. (chairing)
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Andrea Veri
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Allan Day
 * Shaun McCance

== Regrets ==

 * Rosanna Yuen

== Missing ==

== Agenda ==

 * Advisory board meeting scheduling
 * Funding request for event box transfer to Lyon for JDLL 2016 (66.80 EUR in the form of a train ticket)

Ongoing:
 * Yorba copyrights
 * Next Advisory Board meeting planning
 * Tibit
 * Google Play account
 * Status of logo copyright
 * Meta-discussion on attracting new contributors
 * Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
 * Trademark license agreement with Unixstickers
 * GUADEC 2017 call for bids

== Minutes ==

 * Advisory board meeting scheduling
  * We have dates for the GUADEC Advisory Board meeting but not for the one planned at the end of April
  * A survey was started but we don't have a final date
  * Proposed date is 25th of April, not enough Advisory Board members will be able to join in on that specific date though
  * A round of contacting to individual AD Board members might be needed. We might want to review the agenda for possible other interesting topics to introduce
  * Pushing the meeting to the first week of May seems to be a possible solution
  * ACTION: Allan to follow-up to Rosanna's e-mail to the advisory-board mailing list proposing a new date

 * Reimbursement request for event box shipping to Lyon for JDLL 2016 (66.80 EUR in the form of a train ticket)
  * Event box was moved from Strasbourg to Lyon, shipping it by train (hand-delivered) was cheaper than a courier
  * Expense was not pre-approved but comes in under budget for the event box's pre-allocated budget for this
  * VOTE: +1 unanimous
   * 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
  * 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

 * 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.

 * 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

 * Next adboard meeting
  * 2016-02-09, ACTION: Shaun to send out email to find a good time for the meeting
  * 2016-02-16, ACTION: Shaun to schedule the next meeting
  * 2016-03-15, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00000.html
  * 2016-03-22, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00001.html
  * 2016-03-28, The item has been discussed during the meeting, details are available at https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2016-April/msg00002.html

 * GUADEC 2017 call for bids
  * 2016-03-15, Kat will take this over from Cosimo and will send something out within the next two weeks (Allan to help Kat out as well)

 * 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

 * Yorba Copyrights
 * 2016-03-28, ACTION: Kat to communicate with Yorba and propose them to first get in touch with other organizations then come back to the GNOME Foundation if not satisfied by the proposed options

=== Ongoing but stalled (no discussions / actions since more than a month) ===

 * 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

=== Ongoing but 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

 * tibit (from the mailing list)
  * 2016-02-23, ACTION: Alexandre to investigate a way to eventually include the Tibit donate button together with the existing ones
  * 2016-03-08, Alexandre fixed the broken Flattr image link url at wgo
  * 2016-03-15, Action item for Alexandre to get back to Carl still pending
  * 2016-03-28,  FoG web page should require a revamp, we can then start to re-discuss this item

== Nice to have ==

 * 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


== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * GNOME as unixstickers.com project of the month
  * unixstickers.com have started a donations scheme - each month they feature a different project, which receives a cut of the proceeds from that month's sales
  * They are planning on featuring GNOME for April and have been in touch to ask if we can help to promote it
  * Allan will coordinate with the Engagement Team in order to promote the happening


March 23, 2016

GNOME 3.20 Released: Major New Features, Many Refinements

We are excited to announce the release of GNOME 3.20. This latest version of GNOME 3 is the result of six months of development and includes 28,933 changes, made by approximately 870 contributors.

3.20 has been named “Delhi” in recognition of this year’s GNOME.Asia organizing team. GNOME.Asia is an important annual GNOME event, and is only possible due to the hard work of local volunteers. This year it will be held in Delhi, India between the 21st and 24th of April.

Making the announcement, the Release Team’s Matthias Clasen thanked the GNOME community for the work that went into the release, saying “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you.”

Highlights for 3.20 include:

  • OS upgrades can now be installed using Software
  • Wayland support has improved significantly, with kinetic scrolling, drag-and-drop, and middle-click paste
  • Keyboard shortcuts and gestures can be easily learned with new shortcut overlay windows
  • Privacy controls have been improved with per-application location access
  • Quick access to media controls directly from the shell
  • Searching in Files has been much improved
  • Builder can now build XDG-Apps, a new cross-distro framework for building and distributing desktop applications. These can also be installed directly from GNOME Software

You can find more information about these changes and much more in the release notes.

Press

Press queries can be directed to gnome-press-contact@gnome.org. A screenshot pack is available for download.

March 01, 2016

GNOME to participate in Google Summer of Code 2016

GSoC2016Logo

We are happy to announce that GNOME has been accepted to participate in Google Summer of Code 2016. GNOME has participated in the program every year since its inception in 2005 and it’s a pleasure to be participating once again!

Google Summer of Code allows students to work for the summer on a Free Software project. Accepted students receive a stipend to be able to focus on their internship, instead of having to find a summer job (“flip bits, not burgers” as they say), and are mentored by experienced project contributors. It is an excellent way to get involved in a wide range of Free Software projects.

Interested students and mentors can get more info about the program on our Google Summer of Code page. Students will soon be able to apply (opens on March 14th) and should be getting in touch with potential mentors now.

Image provided by Google Summer of Code under Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0.

February 27, 2016

GUADEC 2016 to happen from August 12–14 in Karlsruhe, Germany

Schloss Karlsruhe. Photo Credit: Keiko S. (flickr @craxler)

We’re happy to announce that the 2016 edition of GUADEC will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany from August 12–14, at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, a world-renowned research and educational institution.

Karlsruhe is located in southtwest Germany near the Franco-German border and is nicknamed the “fan city” because its streets are built radially around the palace tower. This beautiful and historic city is also home to the two highest courts in Germany, and several of Germany’s intitutions of higher learning.

“We are proud to have GUADEC in Karlsruhe this year and look forward to welcoming the GNOME community in our beautiful city. With the Gulaschprogrammiernacht (GPN) we have a large hacker congress in the city and having GUADEC here will further strengthen the local open source community.” — Benjamin Berg, local organizer

Join us!

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

If your company or organization would like to sponsor GUADEC, you can find information on sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsors page at GUADEC.org, or contact us at sponsors@guadec.org and we are happy to discuss it with you.

If you would like to join our team of volunteers to help organize future GUADECs, please subscribe to the GUADEC mailinglist. We would love to have you on board!

Photo: “Nacht in Karlsruhe” by Heiko S., CC-BY-NC 2.0

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