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July 29, 2014

GUADEC 2014 Core Days Finish

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The main part of GUADEC 2014, the premier annual GNOME conference, has just ended in Strasbourg, France. The core days are made up of talks, keynote presentations, as well as the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting.

The GUADEC core days have been packed with exciting, interesting talks. There were presentations on important initiatives in GNOME, such as Wayland and continuous performance testing. GTK+ had a strong presence, with talks on GTK+ dialogs, CSS, and the GTK+ Scene Graph Toolkit. There was also a whole day of talks on GTK+ applications.

The final core day ended with an enthusiastic lightning talk session (these are short, five minute talks on a subject of the presenter’s choosing), followed by a conference closing which included a standing ovation for the local organising team. The final day also included the third GUADEC keynote, delivered by Matthew Garrett, on the future of the desktop.

GUADEC would not be complete without social events, of course, and this year’s event was no exception. Highlights included a a snooker and pool evening and the regular GUADEC football match, which was followed by a picnic.

Another regular feature of GUADEC is the annual pants award, where one individual is picked out for their special efforts over the year. This year, that award went to Alexandre Franke, who was the brains behind this year’s GUADEC, and who also works to coordinate GNOME’s presence at FOSDEM.

GUADEC has been fantastic, as usual. There have been a lot of important, exciting discussions and talks, and the conference has been an opportunity to make important plans for the future. Though the core days are now over, the GNOME community will be busy in Strasbourg for three more days, as the schedule switches to working sessions (known as BoFs, or Birds of a Feather sessions).

Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s GUADEC: Google, Red Hat, Igalia, SUSE, Ubuntu, Seafile, code.csdn.net, and GitCafe. This wonderful event would not have been possible without your help.

GUADEC conference

Hello all,




For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

July 27, 2014

Interview with Jim Hall, GUADEC Keynote Speaker

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The curtains are up on GUADEC 2014, and the first keynote was delivered by Jim Hall. Jim is the Director of Information Technology at Morris, University of Minnesota, and he presented his work on usability in GNOME. We took some time to talk to Jim about his keynote and about his research on GNOME.

Nowadays many designers are interested in user experience rather than usability. Do you believe that usability alone is still relevant?

Usability and user experience are related, but different. Usability is about getting something done; user experience is about the user’s emotional impression. Lots of things can affect the emotional experience of a graphical desktop like GNOME. Colors, fonts, location of elements, and window decorations are just some of the things that can influence how a person feels about using GNOME. That’s the user experience.

Usability focuses on the user. The general rule about usability is that people use programs to be productive, and they are busy people who are trying to get things done. Through usability testing, the user decides when a product is easy to use. Because if a program is hard to use, no one will want to use it. And if they don’t use the software, then they won’t have an emotional experience about it.

So I believe that usability and user experience go hand-in-hand. Programs need to be pleasant (user experience) but people need to be able to use them, too (usability).

In your experience, what are the biggest difficulties you can incur in arranging an user testing?

It is critical to plan a usability test around the users. Who are the users? Do you only expect programmers to use it, or is it intended for a general audience? With GNOME, that means everyone, so any usability test of GNOME must be designed for “general users with average knowledge.”

The next step is to decide what tasks those users need to do in GNOME. What are these general users trying to get done? In this usability test, we wanted to focus on new design patterns, but we first had to work out a set of tasks that real people would probably do: manage some folders and files, browse the web, take some notes, and so on.

Once you figure out what the usability test should cover, the hardest part is to make sure the tasks are realistic. You want each task to be something a real person would probably do in GNOME. But avoid using words or terms that actually appear in the program. That would only test if the user can match your task description to a menu item. Instead, you want to describe things using general terms. For example: when I asked testers to increase the font size on a website, I didn’t use the word “font.” Instead, the task was:

“You don’t have your glasses with you, so it’s hard to read the text on the website. Please make the text bigger on the website.”

You have done a lot of work on improving usability in GNOME: what was the hardest issue you found and the biggest satisfaction you have got?

I was really glad to see Allan and the other GNOME folks create entries in the GNOME Bugzilla. It’s really satisfying to see GNOME developers taking usability seriously.

In doing the usability test, it is hard to watch someone struggle to complete a task. You can’t give hints; you almost have to sit on your hands to keep from saying “the menu item you’re looking for is right there.” You must let the tester explore for themselves, in order to understand how users interact with your program.

I was surprised by some of the test results. For example: installing a program using Software. When testers searched for the program (“Robots”) they got a list of programs that matched the search, and a convenient “Install” button they could click. But if they navigated through the categories to find the program, the “Install” button was in the upper-right corner, and users didn’t see it. Instead, they clicked on the link to visit the program’s website, which got them totally off track. So testers either completed this task very easily, or they were not able to do it at all.

What do you expect from this GUADEC?

This is my first time at GUADEC, so I really don’t know what to expect. I have attended other similar conferences, so I expect to meet lots of interesting people. I am a very friendly person, so if you see me, please do say hi.

While I’ve visited other countries, this is my first trip to France. Unfortunately, I don’t have any French, so I am hoping someone will help help keep me from getting lost. I also speak conversational Spanish and a little bit of Klingon, but neither will help me in France. :-)

Can you give us a quick introduction to your GUADEC keynote?

My keynote will be a summary of my usability research with GNOME. This is based on my Master’s capstone project, which you can download from my blog: “Usability Themes in Open Source Software.”

The presentation walks through the usability test of GNOME. I think folks will be very interested in the “heat map” of the usability test, which shows how testers fared in the test. It’s a new way to share results of a usability test, and I think it helps to make issues more clear.

I will wrap up with a discussion of five themes from this usability test: how GNOME developers can extend this usability test to help them with other GNOME programs.

Many thanks to Jim for all his work, and for his excellent keynote presentation.

Minutes of the Board meeting of July 18th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 18th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
 * Tuesday, July 25th, 2014, all day at GUADEC

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

=== Regrets ===
 * Tobias Mueller 

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Election of officers
  * President
   * Jeff
     * VOTE: +1 Marina, Kat, Sri; abstain Jeff, Andrea, Karen
   * Andrea
     * VOTE: +1 Marina, Karen; abstain: Jeff, Andrea, Kat, Sri
    * Jeff is the president
  * Vice president
   * Useful to have a president or vice president or CFO based in the USA for signing paperwork
   * Marina
    * VOTE: +1 Andrea, Jeff, Karen, Sri, Kat; abstain Marina
   * Marina is the vice president
  * Secretary (also discuss time period for publication of minutes)
   * Andrea
    * VOTE: +1 Kat, Karen, Marina, Sri, Jeff; abstain Andrea
   * Andrea is the secretary
  * Vice secretary
   * no nominations, ask Tobi
  * Treasurer
   * Kat
    * VOTE: +1 Karen, Marina, Sri, Jeff, Andrea; abstain Kat
   * Kat is the treasurer
 * Finalizing the meeting time for the new Board
  * Friday and Thusdays are best days
  * 16:00 UTC on Friday is best
  * Re-evaluate when the daylight savings time comes in
 * Monthly financial update
  * Monthly update
   * Many invoices paid.
   * All invoices for 2014 have been sent out. Additional income will only come from donations.
  * Planned spending
  * GNOME.Asia reimbursements (approx. $15000)
   * VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Kat, Andrea
  * Accessibility campaign invoice $30000
   * VOTE: +1 Kat, Marina, Jeff, Andrea
  * OPW travel reimbursements
   * Suggestions
    * Reimburse interns without vote if all corresponding invoices are paid
    * Reimburse interns without vote if only the corresponding invoice is paid
    * Discuss at GUADEC in more detail
   * VOTE: reimburse USD 500 each to Brena Monteiro (Wikimedia) and Sara Mansouri (Mozilla) for
           travel to internship-related events?: +1 Kat, Marina, Karen, Jeff, Andrea

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Privacy campaign
 * Visa fees reimbursements
 * Anti-harassment policy (a Code of Conduct for GNOME events)
 * Funding for yearbooks
 * Anti-harassment policy
  * The organisers proposed the same policy as for FOSDEM
  * Marina proposed a longer, more specific policy
  * VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Karen, Andrea, Sriram; -1 Kat
 * OPW travel reimbursement for Maja Frydrychowicz (Mozilla)
  * VOTE: +1 Marina, Karen, Jeff, Andrea, Sri, Kat
 * Practice agreement for an intern's university
 * Partnership opportunity for dotCSS
 * GNOME Privacy Policy

== Completed Actions ==

 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors (obsolete)
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should  disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from Carol Hanson
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget (done long ago)
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment (done long ago)

== Pending action items ==
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about visa fees reimbursements 
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
  * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role 
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

July 26, 2014

First day of GUADEC 2014 wraps up in Strasbourg, France

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The first day of this year’s GUADEC conference has wrapped up in Strasbourg, France. As usual, there were lots of fond reunions for long-standing contributors, as well as new faces who got their first chance to meet fellow GNOME contributors face-to-face.

In the morning, Jim Hall gave a well-received keynote on his user testing work on GNOME. Jim has been working closely with the GNOME Design Team, and has been helping to identify usability issues in GNOME’s applications. His presentation described his testing methodology, and presented the results of his tests. There was a positive response to Jim’s talk, and plans are already underway to resolve the issues he found for the next GNOME release, version 3.14.

The schedule also included a range of talks, covering both developments in GNOME, as well as more general issues in Free Software. There were presentations on GNOME’s geolocation framework, the new GObject to SQLite Data Mapper, and GStreamer. There were also talks on ownCloud design, women’s participation in technology, intellectual property, and Free Software business models.

The day ended with the first part of the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting. Representatives from each of GNOME’s teams gave a summary of their work over the past year, including accessibility, documentation, design, engagement, the Release Team, system administration, outreach, and GNOME.Asia.

Tomorrow there will be more talks, another keynote, and lightning talks from GNOME’s interns.

GUADEC starts today!

GUADEC, the main GNOME conference, is about to start in Strasbourg, located in the eastern part of France. It will gather users, developers, governments and businesses to talk about the status and future of the GNOME project between the July 25 and August 1.

“More than 10 years after the first GUADEC in Paris, the French GNOME community is very proud and excited to host GUADEC once again.”
- Christophe Fergeau, member of the local organizing team

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As always, the conference schedule features talks, hackfests, and social events for the attendees. Besides that, Matthew Garrett, Nathan Willis, and Jim Hall will deliver this year’s keynotes. They will discuss topics such as the place of free software in the automotive market, the future of the desktop, and usability aspects of GNOME.

GNOME.org will be updated during GUADEC, sharing the highlights of the conference with those who couldn’t be there. You can also follow what’s happening via #guadec on Twitter and Google+. More information about GUADEC 2014 is available at the official GUADEC website, including the conference’s schedule.

The GNOME Foundation wishes everyone a great conference! And a huge thank you to the local organizing team for all the time and effort they put into making this year’s GUADEC happen!

July 25, 2014

GNOME 3.13.4 released

Salut à tous!

Here the new GNOME release just in time for GUADEC, this time from Strasburg!!
Remember this is a development release, so go ahead and test it, break
it, send bug report and patches!

And of course enjoy GUADEC!

To compile GNOME 3.13.4, you can use the jhbuild[2] modulesets
published by the release team[3] (which use the exact tarball
versions from the official release).

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.13.3 and 3.13.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.4/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.13.4 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.4
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.4


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 3.13, the full schedule, the official module
lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13 page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Regards,

Alexandre Franke on GUADEC and Strasbourg

Every edition of GUADEC is organized by passionate contributors who work hard to welcome the GNOME community to their home town or country. They are part of what we call the Local Organizing Team, and they make sure GUADEC has a place and the structure needed to happen.

afranke_pontscouvertsThis year’s GUADEC is being organized by a team led by Alexandre Franke, who lives in Strasbourg. Alexandre is a GNOME Foundation member since 2010, and also a very active member of the GNOME community in France. He’s currently the coordinator of our French Translations Team, and the treasurer of the GNOME-FR group.

Alexandre has been leading the organization since 2012, when the bid for Strasbourg was accepted by the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. With GUADEC starting tomorrow, we took the chance to talk to him about the experience of organizing the conference in his hometown:

Why makes Strasbourg a great place for GUADEC?

Strasbourg is very active in the Free Software world, but GNOME is not very well represented here. By making the GNOME community come to Strasbourg, we have the opportunity to reach out to the local community and raise awareness of the project.

I also hope the institutional role of the city will inspire our attendees. With the European Court of Human Rights just around the corner, we’re dealing with Freedom on a different level than just software.

What is the the most exciting part of organizing GUADEC?

I was born and raised in Strasbourg and have been living in the area for 30 years. I’m a bit biased, but I think Strasbourg is the most beautiful city in the world. I’m really excited to have the GNOME community in my hometown, and to have these wonderful people discover it.

What is the most challenging part of organizing GUADEC?

We had a bad surprise five weeks before the event, when we learned we couldn’t have the venue we planned to have since 2012. It was a crisis that led to many sleepless nights, and a huge relief when Epitech told me they’d be happy to provide the venue for the event.

What is your favorite place in Strasbourg? Which places should we check out?

There are several museums in Strasbourg, all worth visiting. My favorite one is the Museum of Modern Art. I like to go there and sit for a while in front of the 54m² painting by Gustave Doré, “Le Christ quittant le prétoire“. Once I’m done visiting, I usually go to the café on the roof, where I can enjoy the most beautiful view of Strasbourg. And while you’re there, you can go for a walk in la Petite France!

You can also add those to your checklist:

  • Place de la République, in the Neustadt, built by the German Empire
  • The zoo at the Parc de l’Orangerie is the best spot to see the storks.
  • And, of course, the Cathedral.

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Thanks for the tips, Alexandre! And, most of all, thanks so much for having the GNOME community in Strasbourg!

July 18, 2014

GUADEC 2014 registration is now open!

The GUADEC organization team is happy to announce the availability of the
registration form [1] for the upcoming GUADEC to be held in Strasbourg,
France at Epitech, a software engineer school in the heart of the city, is
glad to welcome our community and host the venue [2] for the event! This
year we are going to include a list of participants to the event online at
[3].

Once registered to the event do not forget we also provide a set of badges
[4] you can use to share on your website! Let everyone know you are coming
to such a great event held in one of the most beautiful cities of Europe!

About GUADEC

The GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), is an annual
conference taking place in Europe, whose prime topic is the development of
the GNOME desktop environment which sees many participants from all over
the world.

[1] https://www.guadec.org/register
[2] https://www.guadec.org/venue
[3] https://www.guadec.org/participant-list
[4] https://www.guadec.org/media

Minutes of the Board meeting of July 1st, 2014

wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140701

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
 * Friday, July 18th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Joanmarie Diggs (previous board)
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Emmanuele Bassi (previous board)
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Andreas Nilsson (previous board)
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Andrea Veri
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Tobias Mueller

=== Regrets ===
 * Karen Sandler

=== Missing ===
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Welcome new board!
  * This is the first meeting with both the outgoing and incoming board.
  * People on the outgoing board are invited in advisory capacity
until the official hand over meeting at GUADEC
  * Only newly elected (and re-elected) board members can vote
  * Are officials going to be appointed at GUADEC?
   * We have early regrets from Karen and Tobi, who are going to be
travelling on the 25th
   * We should move the appointment of the new officers of the board
to the meeting before GUADEC
  * Explanation of the procedures of the board
   * Voting
   * Conflict of interests
   * Further discussion at the in person meeting at GUADEC

 * Monthly financial update
  * Financial year starts on October 1st
   * We generally should have a budget by that date
   * If we don't have a budget within 30 days the board voted to
automatically freeze all non-essential expenditures
  * Outlook of the financial situation of the Foundation for the
benefit of the new board members
   * Something to do for the upcoming year is to ensure companies are
invoiced at the start of January to mitigate delays
   * Sent out new invoices for GUADEC sponsoring
   * We have sent all the adboard invoices
    * After they have been paid, we are going to rely on personal donations
   * We are also holding money for other organizations
    * This money is in our care, but it's not ours to use

 * Events
  * GUADEC 2014
   * Sponsors
    * New sponsors from China
     * Added GUADEC sponsorship on top of their GNOME.Asia one
     * The board would like to thank Emily Chen for her work
    * Canonical reached out to us
    * We should try to get more sponsors
     * Marina is contacting Collabora, Mozilla, and the Linux Foundation
     * Marina also wants to contact CERN - European organization,
employs GNOME developers, uses RHEL
    * Possibly have lower rungs of sponsorship for smaller
companies/organization
    * Party sponsorship is another venue of funding
     * Not necessarily cheaper, depending on the location and type of the party
    * '''ACTION''': Jeff to follow up with potential sponsors for
GUADEC and brainstorm new ideas
    * People to follow up on authorization for two invitations to GUADEC on-list
   * Funds
    * GUADEC 2013 leftover money has been transferred to LiLo for GUADEC 2014
    * Approx USD 4000
   * Travel sponsorships
    * Committee is almost done with sponsorship requests
    * Under budget
    * Some last minute requests
   * Pending vote for invitation letters for GUADEC
    * To be completed on the list
  * GNOME.Asia
   * Leftover funds: USD ~6000
   * Discussed on board-list to have Emily Chen hold on to those funds
to reimburse travel sponsorship from China
    * Easier to bypass all the issues with moving funds back and forth
    * Emily will transfer the leftover funds after reimbursements
    * Expected: USD 2000

 * Receiving Donations in the EU via the WHS
  * No new update

 * Gandi discounts / promo codes for Foundation Members
  * Andrea has followed up with Gandi
  * Andrea is going to send an email after getting more information

 * Next meeting
  * Potential conflcts for various new/old board members
  * To be discussed on the board list

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Privacy campaign
 * Visa fees reimbursements

== Pending action items ==
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about
visa fees reimbursements
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should  disclose to the
community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME
conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy
for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts
holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for
security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for
which we handle money
 * Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from
Carol Hanson
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
  * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts
over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West
Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for
the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment


July 11, 2014

Additional Foundation Membership benefit: GANDI Discounts

Hello Foundation Members!

I've been in contact recently with the GANDI.net team [1] and they've 
been so kind to offer our membership some great discounts on all their 
available services! (domains, websites hosting, SSL certificates, 
Cloud VPS servers )


What is GANDI offering us
----

What GANDI is kindly offering us is an E-Rate discount [1] on all the 
services listed above. Below you can see the discounted prices for the 
various services:

Domains: https://www.gandi.net/domain/price/info?grid=E

Simple hosting: https://www.gandi.net/hosting/simple?language=php&db=mysql&grid=E

SSL Certificates: https://www.gandi.net/ssl/grid

Cloud VPS servers (IaaS): https://www.gandi.net/hosting/iaas/prices?grid=E 

How can I receive the discount?
----

1. Create a GANDI handle at https://www.gandi.net. If you have an 
   existing account you can skip this step.
2. Set your handles' prepaid account currency accordingly to the one 
   in use in your country.
3. Mail non-profit< at >gandi.net from your < at >gnome.org mail address indicating 
   your GNOME Foundation membership status and Gandi handle. (every 
   GNOME Foundation Member with a GNOME account (i.e git) should have 
   its < at >gnome.org alias enabled already, if you are unsure about the 
   details or the alias is not working, please mail accounts< at >gnome.org.
4. Wait for a positive reply. Your account should now have applied an 
   E-Rate discount.

This information is available at [3] as well.

Who should I contact in case no one updated my account within a few weeks?
----

Please mail <av AT gnome DOT org> by forwarding the email you sent to 
the above specified address specifying you did not receive a reply 
since several weeks.

Special thanks to GANDI
----

I would like to thank GANDI for their continued support to the FOSS 
world [4] and for the great discounts they are offering to our membership!



That should be all, have an awesome day everyone!

[1] https://www.gandi.net/whowe/
[2] http://wiki.gandi.net/en/billing/rate
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/MembershipCommittee/MembershipBenefits#GANDI_discounts
[4] https://www.gandi.net/supports/

June 30, 2014

Minutes of the Board meeting of June 17, 2014

wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140617

= Minutes for Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
 * Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Joanmarie Diggs
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Emmanuele Bassi
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Andreas Nilsson
 * Tobias Mueller (connection issues towards the later end of the call)

=== Regrets ===
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Trademark request
  * Carol Hanson wants to print a one-off t-shirt design that includes
the GNOME logo, for personal use
  * Cafepress raised the issue of the trade mark
  * We should put Karen and Pam in the loop
  * '''ACTION''': Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use
request from Carol Hanson

 * GUADEC invitation letters
  * There is the issue of invitation letters for GUADEC for
non-members going through the foundation
  * We need to keep proper records of who sends and who gets invitation letters
   * It also depends on who is sending the invitation letters for
GUADEC: either LiLo (the legal entity organising GUADEC) or the
Foundation itself
   * LiLo is involved on behalf of the foundation, so the Board will
have to vote on every invitation letter in order to record the details
for the future
   * '''VOTE''': Record every request for visa invitation letters: +1
Kat, Joanie, Andreas, Emmanuele
  * Coordinators for the invitation letters: Marina, Srini, and other
foundation members

 * Events
  * GNOME.Asia
   * Leftover funds: USD 5000
   * We should use these funds for direct GUADEC travel sponsorship of
foundation members from China
   * It would be more expensive to have those funds transferred back
to the foundation and then used for sponsorship
  * GUADEC 2014
   * Report from the team meeting yesterday
   * Accommodation and venue are sorted
   * Presentations: we had late cancellations from speakers
    * We have a pool to pick speakers from
    * We can also expand the lightning talks slots, or leave them open
for last minute submissions directly at the conference
   * Travel committee: does not need a budget extension
    * Allan asked if there can be an increase in sponsorship for
speakers if that is an issue for attendance
    * The travel committee should be able to handle that on a case by case basis

 * Dates of the board/adboard meetings at GUADEC
  * Proposed dates: 24/7 and 25/7
  * We don't have consensus on the dates yet
  * Further discussion on the mailing list

 * Privacy campaign
  * Stef won't be able to coordinate, but will be able to work as an advisor
  * Open a proposal period on foundation-list

 * OPW
  * OPW travel sponsorship
  * We should ask for a report/blog post for all the sponsored interns
  * '''VOTE''': Request a report/blog post for OPW interns sponsored
for travel: unanimous

 * Visa fees reimbursements
  * To be discussed further on the board list

 * Next meeting: July 1st
  * New board directors will attend and vote
  * Old board directors will attend in advisory capacity
  * Current officers will maintain their role until the hand over
meeting at GUADEC

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Privacy campaign

== Completed Actions ==

 * Kat to contact the board candidates for the dates for the
board/adboard meetings at GUADEC
 * Kat to propose the meeting for June 10th on board-list

== Pending action items ==
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about
visa fees reimbursements
 * All board directors to vote on the contract with LiLo on board-list
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting
 * Emmanuele to send the SorceForge information to board-list
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME
conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy
for GNOME events
 * Kat to create a private wiki page on the web services accounts
holders and passwords
  * Allan and Kat decided to go for a private git account instead for
security reasons
 * Kat to draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for
which we handle money
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget
 * Marina to follow up with Mozilla for the payment for OPW round 5
 * Marina to request for the vote to be finished on the mailing list.
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
  * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts
over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West
Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for
the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

June 26, 2014

GNOME 3.13.3

It is time for another development snapshot in the GNOME 3.14
development cycle: 3.13.3 is here. Highlights in this release include
Adwaita as the default GTK+ theme [1], network awareness in our
sharing infrastructure [2], a new design for yelp and add-on support
in gnome-software.

To compile GNOME 3.13.3, you can use the jhbuild [3] modulesets [4]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

You can also test the latest code using the vm images [5] that are
produced by our continuous integration infrastructure,
build.gnome.org.

[1] http://blogs.gnome.org/mclasen/2014/06/13/a-new-default-theme-for-gtk/
[2] http://www.hadess.net/2014/06/firewalls-and-per-network-sharing.html
[3] http://library.gnome.org/devel/jhbuild/
[4] http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.13.3/
[5] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.13.2 and 3.13.3
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.3/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.3/NEWS

The GNOME 3.13.3 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.13/3.13.3
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.13/3.13.3


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 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.13
planning page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

We are now looking forward to the 3.13.4 snapshot, which will happen
on July 23, and to Guadec in Strasbourg, from July 26 to August 1.
http://www.guadec.org

See you there!

Matthias Clasen
GNOME Release Team

May 15, 2014

GNOME 3.12.2 is out

Hello,

Here comes GNOME 3.12.2, our second update to GNOME 3.12. It includes
many fixes, various improvements, and translation updates over 3.12.0
and 3.12.1, we hope you'll enjoy it.

The road ahead is 3.13, a schedule has been published, and a first
development release got released on April 30th.  The next release will
be 3.13.2 and is scheduled for May 28th.

 https://wiki.gnome.org/ThreePointThirteen

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.12, please
visit our release notes:

 https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.12/


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

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.12/3.12.2/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.12/3.12.2/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.12/3.12.2/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.12/3.12.2/sources/

And if you want to compile GNOME 3.12.2 by yourself, you can use the
jhbuild modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.12.2/


See you next time!

        Fred

May 11, 2014

TARBALLS DUE: 3.12.2

Hello all,

Now is the time for a new update to our stable release, this is 3.12.2.

  Tarballs are due on 2014-05-12 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.12.2
  stable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
  were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable
  schedule so everyone can test them.  Please make sure that your
  tarballs will be uploaded before Monday 23:59 UTC: tarballs uploaded
  later than that will probably be too late to get in 3.12.2. If you
  are not able to make a tarball before this deadline or if you think
  you'll be late, please send a mail to the release team and we'll
  find someone to roll the tarball for you!


For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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


Cheers,

        Fred

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