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May 28, 2015

Goodbye Marco

The GNOME project is sad to have learnt that Marco Pesenti Gritti recently passed away after a long fight with cancer. Marco made major contributions to GNOME, having been the original author of both the Epiphany (also known as “Web”) browser and Evince, the GNOME PDF reader. Besides his significant contributions and technical ability, Marco was known as a good friend who served as an inspiration to many within the community.

Members of the GNOME community have expressed their sadness at Marco’s death. Xan López, the current Epiphany maintainer, wrote: “I remember fondly working with Marco on Epiphany many years ago. His patience and good character were instrumental in getting me involved with GNOME and Free Software”. Another contributor, Tomeu Vizoso, said: “He reviewed my first patches ever to a free software project and his contagious enthusiasm was what put into motion my career in open source.”

GNOME wasn’t the only community that Marco was a part of: he also played an important role in the development of Sugar, a platform which focused on education and the developing world.

Our thoughts are with Marco’s family and friends at this difficult time.

Goodbye Marco

The GNOME project is sad to have learnt that Marco Pesenti Gritti recently passed away, after a long fight with cancer. Marco made major contributions to GNOME, having been the original author of both the Epiphany (also known as “Web”) browser and Evince, the GNOME PDF reader. Besides his significant contributions and technical ability, Marco was known as a good friend who served as an inspiration to many within the community.

Members of the GNOME community have expressed their sadness at Marco’s death. Xan López, the current Epiphany maintainer, wrote: “I remember fondly working with Marco on Epiphany many years ago. His patience and good character were instrumental in getting me involved with GNOME and Free Software”. Another contributor, Tomeu Vizoso, said: “He reviewed my first patches ever to a free software project and his contagious enthusiasm was what put into motion my career in open source.”

GNOME wasn’t the only community that Marco was a part of: he also played an important role in the development of Sugar, a platform which focused on education and the developing world.

Our thoughts are with Marco’s family and friends at this difficult time.

May 22, 2015

GNOME 3.17.2 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-05-25 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.2
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 3.17.2. 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 3.17, 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,

May 21, 2015

GNOME Board of Directors Foundation Elections 2015 - Candidates

Hello Foundation Members,

It's that time of the year again! I'm happy to announce the following
candidates for this year's Board of Directors elections:

* Alexandre Franke
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00010.html

* Allan Day
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00011.html

* Andrea Veri
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00009.html

* Carlos Soriano
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-may/msg00016.html

* Christian Hergert
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00005.html

* Cosimo Cecchi
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00006.html

* Ekaterina Gerasimova
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00015.html

* Jeff Fortin Tam
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00012.html

* Josh Triplett
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00008.html

* Magdalen Berns
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00007.html

* Ryan Lortie
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2015-May/msg00019.html

* Shaun McCance
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2015-May/msg00018.html

* Tobias Muller
https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-announce/2015-May/msg00004.html

Please see <https://vote.gnome.org/2015/candidates.html> for more details.

Foundation Members are welcome to ask questions to the candidates on
foundation-list. Please try to avoid duplicates, and bear in mind
candidates invest a lot of time in answering questions.

If you have any questions about the elections process itself, drop us
a line at membership-committee at gnome.org.

Cheers,
Fabiana - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee

May 18, 2015

Board of Directors Elections 2015 - Candidacy - Carlos Soriano

Name: Carlos Soriano Sanchez
Email: csoriano< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

Hello everyone,

I would like to announce my candidacy for the Foundation Board of Directors.

I have been working on Gnome since 3 years ago, starting as a volunteer on
October of 2012 for gnome-shell and accomplishing successfully Gsoc on
gnome-shell the years 2013 and 2014, joining Red Hat as maintainer of
Nautilus after the end of the 2014 Gsoc.
I have been interested in lower the barrier for newcomers to contribute to
Gnome. In that matter I have reworked part of the GnomeLove wiki. Also I
have been always trying to help newcomers on IRC and make the Gnome
community feel a welcomed place for those people.

As myself, I'm a enthusiastic person, I do what I do because I love it. I
like teaching and helping people, and learn from them at the same time. I
try to be patient, listen and understand what every person has to say.

What can I add to Gnome from the Board?
I want Gnome to be reached by more people. And I will try from different
ways, as I tried until now:

- Community: They want to be listen. They want communication. They want to
know how we take decisions. We need to improve that communication while
being focused and loyal to Gnome goals and vision. Example of specific
solutions I have in mind are:
   *Encouraging maintainers to create short blog posts communicating
important changes.
   *Reach an agreement and explain the way we take decisions both in the
projects and in the foundation.
   *Reach an agreement and explain how to have a voice on Gnome decisions
in the projects and foundation as well.
   *Ensure we have a guideline for good behavior about taking decisions and
how to communicate them to users.

- New developers (aka newcomers): How many people do you think are
searching for nice projects to be involved with, live new experiences and
learn at the same time?
We need to reach those people (I was one of them), and the first step is
lowing the barrier to contribution and understanding of the platform. Some
of the most important projects I want to push here are GnomeLove initiative
and gnome-builder as a developer tool for Gnome.

- Platform "reaproachment": I think the current platform around Gnome is a
little hidden and difficult to contributors. Initiatives like a Github
mirror have been taken, but they are only partly good or not enough. We
need to think about how to be more approachable by the people who are
already used to other workflows from other open source projects that are
using famous tools like Github for code, issues, and contribution or
Wikimedia for the wiki, toolkits like Node.js, etc. without giving up on
Gnome vision and goals.

- Focus: We need to focus more and more on the important issues that can
make Gnome have a bigger impact. Luckily, what I saw on the last years, is
that Gnome is focused and we are doing well here. But I think there is room
for improvement, taking some decisions to encourage people to do certain
things or for example using more projects from outside Gnome with well
established maintenance and community around it.

Hope you like my ideas.

Cheers,
Carlos Soriano
_______________________________________________
foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >gnome.org
https://mail.gnome.org/mailman/listinfo/foundation-announce

Board of Directors Elections 2015 - Candidacy - Ekaterina Gerasimova

Hello Foundation members,

I am announcing my candidacy for the board of directors. If elected,
this will be my third term. I have been on the board since 2013, and
contributing for a few years longer. I am currently the documentation
team lead, a member of the Travel Committee, as well as the Foundation
treasurer.

I work for Collabora, although my work there is not currently directly
related to my contributions in GNOME.

I would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about what
I would bring to the board.


Thanks
Kat

Board of Directors Elections 2015 - Candidacy - Ryan Lortie

karaj,

I am announcing my candidacy for the board of directors.

If elected, this would be my second time on the board.

I have been a GNOME developer during many years, mostly on lower-level
things.

I am currently affiliated with Canonical where I am in the desktop team,
mostly in context of working on the GNOME technologies that are also
used in our products.

I am happy to answer any questions that you may have about how I would
represent you on the board of directors.

Cheers

Board of Directors Elections 2015 - Shaun McCance

Name: Shaun McCance
Email: shaunm< at >gnome.org
Affiliation: Red Hat

Foundation Members,

I'm announcing my candidacy for the board of directors. I'm a long-time
GNOME developer and enthusiast, because I believe GNOME does important
work in ensuring free software is usable for everybody. I spent ten
years as the docs team lead. I've stepped down from that role, but I
still maintain our docs tools and try to remain active.

I work for Red Hat, though I do not work in the department that works on
GNOME. I work on the Open Source and Standards team as the Community
Documentation Liaison. Basically, my job is to build communities around
documentation in various upstream open source projects.

I served two terms on the board already, from 2011 to 2013. I'd like to
serve again. The board does important work. It's not always glamorous,
but board work is an important piece of the puzzle for maintaining a
healthy ecosystem around GNOME. I think the activities of the current
board have proven just how vital the board is to GNOME.

It also showed just how overtaxed the board has become in the absence of
an Executive Director. If elected, my first priority will be to bring a
new Executive Director on board. I understand there are difficulties in
hiring somebody new, as well as financial considerations. I'm willing to
hunt down those yaks for a good clean shave.

--
Shaun

May 15, 2015

Pictures from GNOME.Asia Summit 2015

Last week GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 concluded in Depok, Indonesia. We now have a gallery with pictures from the Summit to share. Again, many thanks to everyone (including sponsors) who made the 2015 Summit possible!

Board members answer questions Board member Tobias Muller on stage Lighting talk speaker Presenter at the Summit Julita Inca during marketing workshop Participant trying out OpenSUSE Busy OpenSuse both Person with a camcorder at the 2015 Summit Volonteer shoes Conference T-shirt Local organizer typing on a computer Workshop group photo GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 participants Local organizers Presenter making a point Participant poster with Gunungan Ben Li posting with Gunungan Organizers on stage Andre Klapper listening to a presentation Andre Klapper hugs local organiser Summit attendees gather in a park GNOME is about collaboration (Photo by Herpiko Aguno)

With pictures like these its easy to feel optimistic about GNOME’s future in Asia.
Photo license note: CC BY-NC 2.0 by Herpiko Aguno if not otherwise noted

May 13, 2015

GNOME 3.16.2 released

Hello all,

The second update of GNOME 3.16 is out with many bug fixes,
documentation improvements, translations updates, and more.
We hope you'll like it.

For more information about the major changes in GNOME 3.16, please
visit our release notes:

 https://help.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/3.16/

Individual modules may get more stable 3.16 releases, but we are now
shifting our focus to new development. The schedule leading towards
the 3.18 release in October has been published and the first
development snapshot was released two weeks ago.


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

The lists of updated modules and changes are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.16/3.16.2/NEWS
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.16/3.16.2/NEWS

The source packages are available here:
  core   -  https://download.gnome.org/core/3.16/3.16.2/sources/
  apps   -  https://download.gnome.org/apps/3.16/3.16.2/sources/

If you want to compile GNOME 3.16.2 by yourself, you can use the
jhbuild modulesets available here:
  https://download.gnome.org/teams/releng/3.16.2/


See you next time!

        Matthias

May 10, 2015

GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 concludes

After three intensive days the GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 have concluded in Depok, Indonesia.

The 2015 Summit started off with a series of workshops with a focus on how to start contribute to GNOME.

The second day included presentations about about Bug Triaging (Andre Klapper), Application Sandboxing (David King) and Using GStreamer in GNOME Apps (Nirbheek Chauhan).

In addition to the many presentations and workshops that covered GNOME there was several presentations about local Free and Open Source Software initiatives including the role of Free Software in the Shoe Industry (Iwan S. Tahari) and a presentation about BlankOn (Mohammad Anwari), a local distribution.

On the third day of the Summit representatives of the foundation held a open question and answer panel. Later on the afternoon there was series of lightning talks where Julita Inca and Bin Li presented their efforts of promoting GNOME in their respective country (Peru and China).

With over 300 people participating the organizers considered the 2015 edition of the Asia Summit a success.

“With hosting GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 we have hopefully contributed to increase awareness about GNOME and free software in Indonesia and the in region in general. It was a fun, interesting experience organizing the event, we hope everyone who participated had a great time.” –  Estu Fardani local organizer

The foundation wants to thank everyone who made the 2015 Summit possible.

GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 participants
*Photo by Herpiko Dwi Aguno

May 08, 2015

GNOME 3.16.2 stable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-05-11 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.2
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 3.16.2. 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 3.17, 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,

May 07, 2015

GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 has started

The 2015 Edition of the GNOME Asia Summit that is taking place in Depok, Indonesia started today.

GNOME Asia Summit 2015 promises several days of learning, community building and fun.

In addition to the many local speakers, several established contributers including Tobias Muller, David King and Ekaterina Gerasimova participate. The Summit covers a wide range of topics related to GNOME and GNU/Linux operating systems, a complete schedule is available on the conference website.

“It feels great that the schedule includes a mix of talks from local speakers and speakers based in other countries. We hope everyone who attend the Summit will have a great time.” – Utian Ayuba, local organizer

The foundation wants to thank the volunteers and sponsors which make the Summit possible.

May 03, 2015

GNOME 3.17.1 released

Hi GNOMErs!

The development of the next GNOME release, 3.17, has started, and the
first snapshot, 3.17.1, is now available.

To compile GNOME 3.17.1, 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/3.17.1/

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.16.1 and 3.17.1
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS
apps - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1/NEWS

The GNOME 3.17.1 release is available here:

core sources - http://download.gnome.org/core/3.17/3.17.1
apps sources - http://download.gnome.org/apps/3.17/3.17.1


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

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

April 24, 2015

GNOME 3.17.1 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-04-27 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.17.1
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 3.17.1. 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 3.17, 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,

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