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August 25, 2015

Boston Summit 2015 to be held 10-12 October

Boston Summit is GNOME’s annual event in North America. It is held every year on the Columbus Day weekend, and is an informal opportunity for contributors, enthusiasts and newcomers to get together. Previous summits have included planning meetings, tutorials for newcomers, hacking sessions, hardware testing, and more. There is also typically a social event in the evening.

This year’s Boston Summit will be held between 10-12 October, at the MIT Tang Center.

More details about the event programme will be posted in the future. If you are interested in attending, please sign up on the wiki. We hope to see you there!

Photograph by Nelson48 at English Wikipedia (own work, public domain), via Wikimedia Commons.

August 21, 2015

Pictures from GUADEC 2015

GUADEC 2015 ran from 7-12 August, in Gothenburg, Sweden. We’ve put a gallery of photos together from the conference. Enjoy!

View of Gothenburg.  (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) Folkets Hus in distance (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Alexsander Larsson present  his work with Sandboxing apps. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Christian Hegert delivers Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Behdad Esfahbod in audience during break. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.) People busy at the registration desk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Endless computer. (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Matthias Kirschner present Keynote. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Jan-Christoph Borchardt on the GNOME, Owncloud relationship. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Welcome sign at Landvetter airport_. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Welcome sign at Landvetter airport. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Girl power at GUADEC 2015  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Attendees outside Folkets Hus. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Pamela Chestek during Keynote (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Foldable Bike  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Maps contributors  during break. (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Lightning talk speaker (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) Magdalen Berns present her work with improving the Java-ATK-Wrapper. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) GUADEC 2015 audience Sri Ramkrishna talks passionately about the Relese Team in his talk.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) GSoC student next to his mentor.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Paçoca's.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Contributors outside Folkets Hus (Photo by Garrett LeSage.) FredericPeters and Julita Inca sitting together during GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Builder BoF wrapping up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Coala BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Free Software enthusiast during BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Engagement Team BoF wraps up.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Laptop with Free Software stickers at GUADEC BoF.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.) Conference banner.  (Photo by Oliver Propst.)

Photos credit: Garrett LeSage, Oliver Propst & Jakub Steiner.

GNOME 3.17.90 (first beta release)

Hi all,

GUADEC is now over, we had a great time in Gothenburg (special thanks
to the local organizers!) and got home in time to polish patches and
merge branches, to publish the first beta of this cycle, GNOME 3.17.90.

First beta means we have now entered The Freeze:

 - API/ABI Freeze (No API or ABI changes should be made in the
   platform libraries),

 - Feature Freeze (No new features can be added anymore, let's focus
   on stability and give the documentation team time to document the
   new things),

 - UI Freeze (same idea).

We are also now in String Change Announcement Period, string changes
can still be made (e.g. for typo fixes or translatability
improvements) but all string changes must be announced to both
gnome-i18n< at > and gnome-doc-list< at >.

Details are available on the wiki:
  https://wiki.gnome.org/ReleasePlanning/Freezes#The_Freeze
  https://wiki.gnome.org/ReleasePlanning/RequestingFreezeBreaks


To compile GNOME 3.17.90, you can use the jhbuild modulesets published
by the release team (which use the exact tarball versions from the
official release):

   https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/stable/
   http://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.90/


The release notes that describe the changes between 3.17.4 and 3.17.90
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

  core - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.90/NEWS
  apps - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.90/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.90 release itself is available here:

  core sources - https://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.90
  apps sources - https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.90


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

This release is a snapshot of 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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful
3.17 page:

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


Cheers,

        Fred

August 19, 2015

Thanks, Gothenburg!

GUADEC is the GNOME project’s primary annual event, held every year in a different European city. This year, it was the turn of Gothenburg, Sweden. The conference brought together contributors, enthusiasts and partners from around the world for three days of talks, followed by three days of workshops (called “Birds of a Feather” sessions). It ran between the 6th and 12th of August.

Presentations covered significant developments in GNOME technologies, such as xdg-app, Builder, and new GTK+ features. There were also talks by GNOME’s partners, including SUSE, ownCloud, LibreOffice, and Endless. Recordings of these talks can be viewed on videos.guadec.org. As always, the conference was also an opportunity for contributors from around the world to meet, make plans, and have fun.

GUADEC couldn’t happen without the work of local volunteers who organize each conference, nor without the support of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s conference such a success.

In order to recognise the achievements of this year’s GUADEC organizers, the GNOME Release Team has decided to adopt “Gothenburg” as the code name for the upcoming GNOME release, version 3.18!

GNOME is still looking for a venue for next year’s GUADEC. Check out the wiki if you would like to bring the GNOME project to your city!

Photograph by http://www.flickr.com/people/rob-sinclair/ (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0), via Wikimedia Commons.

August 15, 2015

Happy 18th Birthday, GNOME!

Today, GNOME turns 18.

On Friday, August 15, 1997, GNOME was founded by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment that is beautiful and simple to use. In September, we will welcome the release of GNOME 3.18 which continues to embody those founding principles.

Join us in celebrating GNOME’s birthday! Some ideas: wear your GNOME gear, grab drinks with GNOME friends, thank a contributor, or simply take a moment to reflect upon the significance of this day. How has GNOME impacted your life? We’d love to hear. Tweet us (@gnome), or tell us on Facebook (/GNOMEDesktop).

Spread the word and show how vibrant the GNOME community is! Please use these hashtags in your social media posts: #HappyBirthdayGNOME #IAMGNOME #GNOME2015.

federico_mena_guadec_2015

Federico Mena Quintero at GUADEC 2015.

Photo Credit: Garrett LeSage

Happy birthday, GNOME! Now go get some drinks and cake.

August 14, 2015

GNOME 3.17.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.17.90 beta tarballs due
* API/ABI, UI and Feature Addition Freeze; String Change Announcement Period
* New APIs must be fully documented
* Writing of release notes begins


Tarballs are due on 2015-08-17 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.90
beta 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 3.17.90. 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!





New APIs must be fully documented


Writing of release notes begins


For more information about 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.17
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

August 13, 2015

Minutes of the Board Meeting of July, 20th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 20th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting date, Wednesday 05th of August, 10:00 AM CEST, GUADEC

== Attending ==
 * Shaun McCance
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Christian Hergert
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Allan Day

* Old board members attending
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Karen Sandler

== Regrets ==
 * Old board members
  * Marina Zhurakhinskaya

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Trademark-infringing swag (mousepads)
  * http://amazon.co.uk/Abstract-Designer-Colourful-Anti-Slip-Compatible/dp/B0080CYAD8/
  * A quick Google image search returns no other occurrences on the web at first glance
  * Mark is distorted, does not follow brand guidelines and is not associated with GNOME.
  * The use of the logo on the mouse pad has potential for confusion because it's related to computers. On the other hand, it's not actively marketed as a "GNOME mousepad" by the seller, just a picture among other choices
  * Even though we do not have a trademark registered in UK, we are still covered under UK law
  * Two ways to approach:
   * Ask to use a different logo (i.e. lose association with GNOME)
   * Ask to associate it closer with GNOME (ie respecting the trademark guidelines)
  * General consensus on the mailing list seemed to be that we need to enforce the trademark in this case
  * If we deem this an acceptable use we ought to have some sort of licensing agreement; what about royalties
  * Contact the seller first; if it doesn't work, contact Amazon as a last resort
  * Need to be very careful about how we contact the seller, there is no such thing as a casual contact over a trademark issue
  * ACTION: Cosimo to follow up about possible future actions and send a proposal to the board

 * GIMP expenses for tent, camera, LGM 2015 attendance
  * References:
   * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-July/msg00052.html
   * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-July/msg00050.html
   * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-July/msg00048.html
  * No objections from any member of the Board, reimbursements can be processed

 * GUADEC adboard meeting agenda (list thread - https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-July/msg00094.html)
  * The usual duration of presentations is 10-20 mins, but in practice adboard members have the floor for however long they wish
  * The problem is getting confirmations of attendance of adboard members
   * ACTION: Jeff to pick up the phone and chase them down, forego email entirely. Might be tricky given how late this is
    * If not many attendees, position this as a short/small meeting (half day?), not a big one.
  * Current proposed agenda:
   * Wayland progress and timetable
   * xdg-app - Alex might not be able to come in to talk 
   * Builder (maybe Christian could recycle some content from his keynote?)
   * Financial situation
   * Groupon resolution and report >> already covered in a previous adboard meeting, and this topic will come up as a subtopic of the financial report anyway
   * Executive Director search
     * Most important item on the meeting as it may serve as a "nip in the bud" for criticism re the amount of work done through the year?   * Should it be a full or half day meeting?
    * General agreement that it needs to start before lunch, as the lunch is quite important when it comes to retaining adboard members. So the official answer is "We start during the morning, go to lunch, and then come back for some more discussions in the afternoon and if it ends early, it ends early and that's it."

 * Annual Report plan of action & timeline
  * Not going to get done in time for GUADEC
  * Needs to be done soon after
  * ACTION: Allan to follow up with Oliver Propst

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * ED search
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Travel committee budget for Apr-Sep 2015
  * Back in October the Board approved a budget of 6k USD, the amount was smaller than usual as the Groupon trademark infringement case was ongoing
  * A documentation hackfest is due to in September
  * VOTE: Allocate a budget of USD 6k to the travel committee for the period of Apr-Sep 2015
   * +1 Cosimo, Allan, Andrea, Jeff, Kat
   * VOTE PASSED

 * VOTEs on invitations letters (for GUADEC participants needing a VISA) for GUADEC 2015
  * Pranav Kant, GSoC 2014 student, Co-Speaker with Markus Mohrhard, Foundation Member
  * Siska Restu Anggraeny Iskandar, GNOME.Asia 2015
  * Su Yunqiang, referred by David King
  * Julita Inca Chiroque, GNOME Peru organizer, previous GUADEC attendances
  * Alexander Patrakov, previous GUADEC attendances, contributions to ALSA and Pulseaudio
  * VOTE regarding all the three applicants as the requests were sent as a cumulative e-mail:
   * +1 Kat, Jeff, Andrea, Allan
   * VOTE PASSED

 * GNOME at SCALE 14x
  * Drew Adams from the OpenSUSE Project reached out to the Board for organizing a possible GNOME booth at SCALE 14x

 * GNOME Summit 2015
  * A room has been booked and announced by Colin Walters at MIT
  * https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2015-July/msg00033.html

 * Code of conduct GUADEC 2015
  * The CoC for this year's GUADEC has been revised to include new code of conduct support team members
  * The CoC has been published on the GUADEC website at https://2015.guadec.org/code-of-conduct/

 * New Ubuntu GNOME logo
  * A new logo has been asked for adoption by the Ubuntu GNOME team through Alfredo Hernández
  * The current logo is not compliant to the licensing guidelines as it includes a GNOME foot (within a blue circle) on its own which should only be used to represent GNOME itself
  * The Board is currently evaluating all the possible legal implications with the new logo and no decisions have been taken as of today

 * GUADEC raffle, kindly sponsored by Endless Mobile
  * Endless will donate two computers for a raffle, one of these will be raffled between volunteers and the other between all the event participants
  * The Board would like to thank Endless and Cosimo for making all this happen!

== Pending action items ==
 * Advisory Board meeting at GUADEC: Jeff to contact advisory board members by phone about joining the call on the 4th
 * Annual report:  Allan to follow up with Oliver Propst
 * Trademark-infringing swag (mousepads): Cosimo to follow up about possible future actions and send a proposal to the board
 * GUADEC Adboard meeting
   * Jeff to reach out again to adboard members, past & present, to encourage them to talk to us at GUADEC
   * Allan to start drafting the agenda for that meeting through the mailing list
 * Travel committee budget: 
  * Allan to follow up and check on the status of the Boston/Montreal Summit
  * Cosimo to take the vote for the new 6k allocation for the 2nd half of this financial year to the mailing list
  * Rosanna to check that Andreas received the money for GUADEC accommodation
 * Desktop 2011 taxes: Rosanna to request KDE e.V the annotated document (circling the relevant amounts and calculations leading up to the total etc.)
 * Sri to forward the HELLOTUX brand use agreement to Pam for a first review
 * Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events
 * 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 propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin


August 12, 2015

GNOME Turns 18 this Saturday

Join us in celebrating GNOME’s birthday this Saturday, August 15th.

This is a great chance to tell the world why you love GNOME, inspire others to give it a try, give back to the community, and just wish GNOME a happy birthday.

Here are some ways that we encourage you to participate in GNOME’s birthday:

Post on social media

i-am-gnome

Thank a GNOME contributor

If you know someone who contributes to GNOME, send them a thank you. It’s always nice to know you’re appreciated.

You can also adopt a hacker or become a friend of GNOME.

Show your GNOME gear

Wear or show your favorite SWAG, and see if you can get someone to ask you about GNOME. Post a selfie wearing your gear and use the hashtags above so people can see faces from our community.

Say hi to others wearing the gear, and meet other GNOMEies!

Let’s show the world how we rally, and that we’re a great community to be part of.

Happy early birthday, GNOME!

July 23, 2015

GNOME 3.17.4

Hi all,

GNOME 3.17.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it with caution.

Among the new things in this release, you can find improved Wayland hi-dpi
support in mutter, IP addresses for vms in gnome-boxes, MathML support in
orca, performance improvements in tracker, events from different boots in
gnome-logs, a new places view in the GTK+ file chooser, a new application
preview: gnome-todo, and many small improvements and bug fixes all over
the place.

To compile GNOME 3.17.4, 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/3.17.4/
[3] https://wiki.gnome.org/Projects/GnomeContinuous#Installation

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.17.3 and 3.17.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.4/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.4/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.4 release itself is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.4
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.4

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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.17
planning page:
http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Before the next snapshot, 3.17.90, is released on August 17, the GNOME
community will get together at Guadec 2015 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
We hope to see you there!

Regards,
--
Matthias Clasen
GNOME Release Team

July 21, 2015

Minutes of the Board meeting of July, 07th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 7th, 2015, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting date, Monday, July 20th, 2015, 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Shaun McCance
 * Allan Day
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova

 * Old board members attending
  * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
  * Tobias Mueller
 
== Regrets ==
 * Andrea Veri

 * Old board members:
  * Karen Sandler

== Missing ==
 * Christian Hergert

 * Old board members:
  * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Board meeting ==

 * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes
  * The Desktop Summit was reclassified as a commercial event rather than a charity fundraiser in 2014
  * KDE e.V. had to pay more taxes (6821.95 EUR) on the profit as a result, which were paid in 2014
  * Contacted GNOME to request half of the extra amount (3410.97 EUR) that had to be paid (as per agreement)
  * Supporting paperwork from the Finanzamt provided
  * Supporting paperwork does not correspond to the totals provided by KDE e.V.
  * Clarification has been requested but is not satisfactory
   * Need further clarificatoin
  * ACTION: Rosanna to request them the annotated document (circling the relevant amounts and calculations leading up to the total etc.)
 * Travel committee budget
  * Need to assign travel committee budget for future events ( https://wiki.gnome.org/Travel/Budget )
    * The board allocates a budget for the travel committee bi-annually.
    * The last round (in October 2014) was quite small (6k) as we were worried about how the situation with regard to the Groupon trademark infringement would evolve
  * Does the travel committee need a new budget allocation now?
   * Yes
   * No events occurred since April 2015, but some are expected to occur in September.
   * It would be reasonable to allocate another 6k for April-September 2015 sooner rather than later
   * Budget for October 2015-March 2016 should be voted on by 
   * We should also follow-up with Matthias whether the Boston/Montreal summit planning is underway; detailed organization notes from last year (where the coffee comes from?!) https://wiki.gnome.org/Events/Summit/Organization
   * ACTION: Allan to follow up and check on the status of the Boston/Montreal Summit
   * ACTION: Cosimo to take the vote for the new 6k allocation for the 2nd half of this financial year to the mailing list
  * ACTION: Rosanna to check that Andreas received the money for GUADEC accommodation
 * Travel subsidy for keynote at Open Source Hong Kong
  * https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-June/msg00127.html
  * EUR 650.00 for Tobi to attend and present a keynote
  * Very late request (20th June for a 26th June event)
  * Tobi did not receive travel sponsorship from elsewhere, accomodation was covered by Open Source Hong Kong
  * VOTE: assign EUR 650.00 to Tobi for the event? +1 Allan, Jeff, Shaun; Cosimo and Kat abstain
  * VOTE PASSED
 * Annual report:
  * As things stand currently, it is not going to happen in time for GUADEC
    * It is extremely important to get paper copies out for adboard representatives to help justify their involvement with the GNOME Foundation
  * Badly needs more/new volunteers to get involved and write chunks of it
  * Current state: https://wiki.gnome.org/Engagement/AnnualReport/2014
  * Jeff has been working on the intro letter for it
  * Shaun willing to take up prodding duties
 * GUADEC Adboard meeting
   * ACTION: Jeff to reach out again to adboard members, past & present, to encourage them to talk to us at GUADEC
   * ACTION: Allan to start drafting the agenda for that meeting through the mailing list
   * The Document Foundation would like to exchange Advisory Board members with the GNOME Foundation
    * Everyone: Excellent idea
    * Consider asking for  booth at https://conference.libreoffice.org/ if we can staff it, and offering them to have a booth at GUADEC
    * ACTION: Kat to follow up
 * DEFERRED: https://kickstarter.com/projects/technoruninc/stratos/
 * DEFERRED: General Foundation budget update
 * To mailing list: New standard meeting time (for the new board)
 * DEFERRED: GUADEC status update

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * VOTEs on invitations letters (for GUADEC participants needing a VISA) for GUADEC 2015
  * Srinivasa Ragavan (former Board member, Evolution contributor, speaker)
  * Jonathan Kang (GSoC student)
  * Luo, Yangcheng (gnome-logs contributor)
  * VOTE regarding all the three applicants as the requests were sent as a cumulative e-mail: +1 Andrea, Karen, Jeff, Sri

 * Gift for Gavin Ferris
  * Gavin made his second significant donation to the GNOME Foundation
  * Allan proposed to send Gavin a framed poster with a special thank-you from the Board
   * https://cloud.gnome.org/index.php/s/MJy8nUY8FV9Q0Qd
  * VOTE: +1 Andrea, Jeff, Karen, Marina, Kat, Sri

== Completed actions ==
 * Marina to follow up with Andreas about the GUADEC 2015 proposed budget and with Fabiana about the party night event
 * Kat to mail back asking for more details on how the total amount we should pay was reached for Desktop Summit 2011 (old item)

== Pending action items ==
 * GUADEC Adboard meeting
   * Jeff to reach out again to adboard members, past & present, to encourage them to talk to us at GUADEC
   * Allan to start drafting the agenda for that meeting through the mailing list
 * Travel committee budget: 
  * Allan to follow up and check on the status of the Boston/Montreal Summit
  * Cosimo to take the vote for the new 6k allocation for the 2nd half of this financial year to the mailing list
  * Rosanna to check that Andreas received the money for GUADEC accommodation
 * Desktop 2011 taxes: Rosanna to request KDE e.V the annotated document (circling the relevant amounts and calculations leading up to the total etc.)
 * Sri to forward the HELLOTUX brand use agreement to Pam for a first review
 * Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events
 * 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 propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin


July 17, 2015

GNOME 3.17.4 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-07-20 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.4
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 3.17.4. 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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.17
page:
   http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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

Thanks,

July 09, 2015

GNOME Foundation AGM 2015

Foundation Members,

This year's GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting will be held on
the 8th of August at 15:45 (CEST). As with previous years, it is being
held at GUADEC [1]. This year's conference is at the Folkets Hus [2]
in Gothenburg, Sweden.

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

Everyone is welcome to attend.

Yours,

Allan Day
GNOME Foundation Board of Directors

[1] https://2015.guadec.org/
[2] http://folketshusgoteborg.se/

June 30, 2015

Call for hosts for GUADEC 2016

The GNOME Foundation invites proposals to host GUADEC 2016.

GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which
takes place in Europe every year. It includes conference days, the
GNOME Foundation annual general meeting and hacking in a week of
coding and discussion.

Teams wishing to organize GUADEC in their city should discuss their
intent to submit a bid with the board before the 1st of August by
email to board-list< at >gnome.org. They should also try to attend GUADEC
2015 in Gothenburg on the 7th-12th August where the board and the
local team will make themselves available to help you figure out what
is involved in organising GUADEC.

The deadline for bid submission will be the 1st of September 2015 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/2016/Bids

Keep in mind that a good location candidate should meet the following criteria:
* easily accessible by plane or train
* motivated local team, preferably with experience in event organisation
* a venue available to host the event
* good options for lunches (catering, student restaurant…)
* affordable accommodation and places to eat in the evening
* space for informal talks and impromptu hacking local industry and
government support

Bids from previous years are available for reference. Also be aware
that while organizing 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. You can find more information at
https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC including a How To for writing the bid
and an overview of the kinds 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.
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June 25, 2015

GNOME 3.17.3 released

Hey all,

The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, is going on and a new
snapshot, 3.17.3, is now available.  Give it a shot!  Some of us will
gather in San Francisco next week for the West Coast Summit 2015, and
a month later we will all gather for GUADEC in Gothenburg, Sweden (no
relation whatsoever with a conspiracy that doesn't even exist).

To compile GNOME 3.17.3, you can use the jhbuild[1] modulesets[2]
(which use the exact tarball versions from the official release).

  [1] https://developer.gnome.org/jhbuild/
  [2] https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.17.3/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.17.2 and 3.17.3
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

  core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.3/NEWS
  apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.3/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.3 release is available here:

  core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.3
  apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.3


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 3.17, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our 3.17 page:
  http://www.gnome.org/start/unstable

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


Cheers,

        Fred

Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 19th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, June 19th, 2015, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting date TBD as July 03rd, 2015 is an US national holiday

== Attending ==
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Karen Sandler
 * Andrea Veri
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Sriram Ramkrishna (joined late)

* New board members attending
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Allan Day
 * Cosimo Cecchi

== Missing ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova

== Board meeting ==

 * GUADEC 2015
  * Last minute efforts to secure additional GUADEC sponsors
   * Jeff reached out to System76
   * Karen suggests we should possibly reach out Mozilla
    * Shaun points out Mozilla has a form to be filled in when requesting sponsorships of any form: https://bugzilla.mozilla.org/form.dev-engagement-event
  * ACTION: Jeff to continue reaching out to more (zareason, TDF, mozilla) unless some valiant soul joins the action
  * Venue and hostel money
   * The total amount is 15796, it will cover the venue, hostel and flights costs
   * A complete list of costs is available at https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/board-list/2015-June/msg00105.html
   * How do flights for keynoters (2) and hostel cost for attendees reconcile with the Travel Committee budget?
     * It looks like the organizers want to reimburse the keynoters. Why?
     * Same hostel cost should be in the Travel Committee's budget, and the organizers just need to pay these money up-front to reserve accommodations
     * Historically speaking, keynoters' travel has always been covered by the GUADEC budget rather than the travel committee. Though this year, these are the same because travel committee budget is a part of the GUADEC budget.
   * We need to double-check the latest numbers wrt sponsorships and that this amount can be covered by the sponsorships amounts; ie we need confirmation that the budget they sent us is up to date and final and encompasses all the sponsorships and final expenses
   * VOTE: If the proposed budget is covered by confirmed sponsorships, keynoter flights will be reimbursed by organizers, and travel committee is aware of this hostel and keynoter flights budget (and only in that case, as otherwise we would need a revised VOTE), the Board approves transfering the above amount (15796 USD) to the local GUADEC organization team
   * VOTE: +1 Marina, Karen, Sri, Tobi, Andrea, Jeff
   * VOTE PASSED
   * ACTION: Marina to follow-up with Andreas about this ASAP
  * Sponsoring a party night event
    * Previous GUADECs had at least one sponsored event, but this year for now we don't have a sponsor - need to find one (or more)
    * Fabiana reached out the Board asking whether it was possible for the GNOME Foundation to cover this cost (360 USD + 15 USD / person for the food for up to 150 people OR some amount for drink tickets)
    * Marina proposes to provide sponsorship for the rent of the room (360 USD) and have every single attendee of the party pay for the food and drinks
     * Can food and drinks be purchased on-site on an individual basis, or is it group-deal only? Can food or drinks be brought in?
     * Food and drinks definitely require a sponsor for the event to happen
    * VOTE: GNOME Foundation to cover the cost of the venue (360 USD)  and everything else is subject to getting additional sponsors
    * VOTE: +1 Marina, Jeff, Karen, Tobi, Sri, Andrea
    * VOTE PASSED
   * ACTION: Marina to follow-up with Fabiana about this ASAP
  * DEFERRED: Travel committee/budget update?
    * Kat is missing, need to follow-up for her input, through mailing list

 * DEFERRED: Desktop Summit 2011 taxes
  * Kat's input required

 * ACTION item to put somewhere: Kat and the announcement for GUADEC 2016 bids?

 * Trademark license agreement - Hellotux
  * License agreement is available at https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/private/board-list/2015-June/msg00087.html
  * ACTION: Sri to ask if Pam can do the first review, and then forward the document. Maybe also check for the movie trademark thing.

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other 
board members (or missing info):
   * ED search
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * Brainstorming ideas for the GUADEC adboard meeting

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Revocation of the "Attorney of Record" and correspondence fields updates on our trademark registrations
  * This item (from https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-April/msg00004.html) can be finally considered as resolved as all the trademark registrations of the GNOME Foundation have been updated successfully
  * The Board would like to thank Pamela for all her efforts to make this happen
  * References on US PTO database:
   * http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=76368848&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch
   * http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=85303870&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch
   * http://tsdr.uspto.gov/#caseNumber=76369102&caseType=SERIAL_NO&searchType=statusSearch

 * A warm welcome to new Board members
  * New Board members have been subscribed to board-list and granted all the relevant accesses to the Foundation Board internal resources
  * The current Board reminds everyone the new Board will start its term at GUADEC when the very first Board meeting will take place

 * VOTEs on invitations letters (for GUADEC participants needing a VISA) for GUADEC 2015
  * Yu Jie, LI Xiaoling and Luo Lei (Ubuntu Kylin contributors). VOTE: +1 from Jeff, Andrea, Karen, Kat
  * Abdeali Kothari (GSoC participant). VOTE: +1 Jeff, Karen, Tobi, Kat, Sri
  * Udayan Tandon (GSoC participant). VOTE: +1 Jeff, Karen, Andrea, Tobi, Sri

== Pending action items ==
 * Marina to follow up with Andreas about the GUADEC 2015 proposed budget and with Fabiana about the party night event
 * HELLOTUX t-shirts with GNOME's logo: Sri to forward the agreement to Pam for a first review
 * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes: Kat to mail Marta back asking for more details on how the total amount we should pay was reached
 * Board to follow up in the upcoming meetings and prepare a version of the CoC to be finally considered final over all the GNOME yearly events
 * 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 propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Karen to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the PayPal data extraction scripts over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * Sri to communicate to Rosanna and work on the donation for the West Coast hackfest
 * Sri, Marina, Kat to work on establishing criteria for drafting for the hiring committee for the ED role
 * Sri to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin
 * Jeff to continue reaching out to sponsors for GUADEC 2015, adboard, etc.
 * Jeff to write the introduction for the 2014 (2015) annual report


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