LibreOffice getting ready for the next 1,000 hackers

janiversensmallBerlin, November 23, 2015 – The Document Foundation announces a renewed effort to grow the developers community beyond the threshold of 1,000 hackers reached in October 2015 (source: OpenHub), with the addition of Jan Iversen – a senior developer with a passion for mentoring, and a long experience at Apache Software Foundation – to the team.

The extraordinary growth of LibreOffice developer’s community, with a monthly average of over 16 new hackers contributing to the code since September 2010, is the result of a global mentoring effort by some of the project founders. After five years and 1,000 new developers, …

KDE at USENIX/LISA2015 Conference

USENIX, in cooperation with LOPSA (League of Professional System Administrators), presented the 2015 LISA (Large Installation System Administration) Conference in Washington, D.C. USA from 8 November to 13 November. Two members of the KDE Community represented KDE at the Conference Expo, connecting with many of the 1,060 attendees to discuss successful large scale deployment and other KDE goodness.

Yash Shah and Michael Pyne demonstrated the features of the Plasma 5 desktop and underlying KDE Frameworks, with a focus on how those features can help meet enterprise IT needs.

Yash Shah

Michael Pyne

Many users visited the KDE exhibit space with fond memories and reported about how they use KDE technology and how they’ve deployed it within their own organizations. Several people said that they have used KDE since version 1.0. For the most part, the LISA attendees were Linux savvy and well acquainted with KDE.

KDE’s exhibit space – Simple by Default. Powerful when needed.

The demos were well received, especially by users who had not recently used KDE software. They were surprised by how much the desktop had advanced since they last used it.

Attendees showed interest in KDE’s cross-platform support (especially on FreeBSD), and its configurability (especially to run on hardware with less computing power). Several people made feature requests as well. The few complaints were invariably about changing or removing configurability. On the other hand, some happy users said that configurability is something that they enjoy and that it keeps them using KDE technology.

KDE fans

The similarity in user experience between recent versions of the KDE 4 desktop and Plasma 5 made for a good story about the ongoing stability of KDE desktop technology. This stability, along with KDE’s classic customizability, appealed to technical staff people who just want to get work done.


Yash and Michael demonstrated and discussed many aspects of KDE software, including:

  • KWin’s windowing capabilities and effects, along with the ability to fallback to XRender or disable compositing if necessary to improve performance,
  • Kate’s SQL plugin,
  • Plasma 5’s seamless support for KDE 4 applications, featuring the Krita digital painting application and other leading edge capabilities (the “KDE ASCIIquarium” screensaver was surprisingly popular),
  • KDevelop5 for Plasma 5 with semantic highlighting,
  • KDE Kiosk (a library feature useful for sysadmins deploying many desktops),
  • KDE Connect,
  • Ease of porting Qt4/KDE4 code to run on Qt5 and KDE Frameworks 5, and
  • The extensive Qt & KDE symbiosis.

The LISA Conference

The LISA Conference has long served as the annual vendor-neutral meeting place for the wider system administration community. Recognizing the overlap and differences between traditional and modern IT operations and engineering, the highly-curated 6-day program offers training, workshops, invited talks, panels, paper presentations, and networking opportunities around 5 key topics: Systems Engineering, Security, Culture, DevOps, and Monitoring/Metrics.


Many thanks to USENIX for the generous support of KDE at the LISA 2015 Conference. Special thanks to the USENIX staff; they are superb.

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Drupal 8.0.0 released

Today we released Drupal 8.0.0, the first fully supported release of Drupal 8! This is the biggest update ever to Drupal, our open source content management platform. Here are just a few of the hundreds of improvements in Drupal 8:

  • In-context, what-you-see-is-what-you-get (WYSIWYG) editing and previews
  • Comprehensive content modeling out of the box with entities, fields, and views
  • Customization of content pages and even forms and administrative pages via the administrative interface
  • Full translatability and localization out of the box
  • Reliable configuration management for safe and straightforward deployment of changes between environments
  • Mobile-first, responsive, HTML5 output
  • REST-first native web services
  • Enhanced accessibility and WAI-ARIA compliance
  • Modern PHP standards and practices, with integration of popular libraries such as Composer, Symfony2, Guzzle, and Twig
  • Significantly improved front-end performance out of the box
  • Enhanced caching and best-of-class integration with CDNs and reverse proxies
  • Full compatibility with PHP7, and the PostgreSQL and SQLite databases
  • …And much more!

Screenshot of the Drupal 8 Quick Edit feature
Drupal 8 in action

With key modules like Views and Entity Reference fully included in Drupal 8 core, and many contributed projects already available for Drupal 8, you can start building new Drupal 8 sites right now, today. You can also use the crowd-sourced Drupal 8 Contrib Porting Tracker to get updates on the status of your favorite modules and themes, or read how you can help.

How do I upgrade my current site?

If you have a Drupal 6 or 7 site you want to upgrade, install or update the Upgrade Status module to get a customized, up-to-date report on the status of your modules and themes in Drupal 8. Once you are ready, Drupal 8 core also includes the Migrate module to update existing Drupal 7 and 6 sites to Drupal 8 directly. Migrate is marked “experimental” in Drupal 8.0.0, but will be fully supported in an upcoming release. Read more about how you can migrate from Drupal 6 or 7.

The DrupalCon Asia team cheering with Druplicon
Photo credit: pdjohnson

What about other versions of Drupal?

Drupal 8.0.0 marks several changes for Drupal releases. We will add new features to Drupal 8 every six months in minor releases, with bug fix and security release windows every month. The next bugfix release window is December 2, 2015, and next scheduled minor release (Drupal 8.1.0) is planned for mid-April 2016.

The release of Drupal 8 also means that it’s time to say a fond farewell to Drupal 6 after eight great years. Drupal 6 will reach its end-of-life (EOL) on February 24, 2016, meaning that it will no longer receive official community support and you should plan to update Drupal 6 sites soon. Refer to the Drupal 6 end-of-life announcement for more information.

Drupal 7 is still fully supported and will remain so for several more years. Read more about the Drupal core release cycle.

Found a bug?

With your help, we can find and fix bugs sooner rather than later. If you find a bug in Drupal 8, search for it in the Drupal 8 issue queue, and if you don’t find an existing bug report, file a new one.

Celebrating the release

Help share and celebrate this milestone for the Drupal community! The Drupal 8 media kit includes the official Drupal 8 press release which has already been translated into many languages. Share this press release with your community, or use the #Drupal8 hashtag to talk about Drupal 8 on social media. Then, join one of over 200 Drupal 8 release parties on six continents.

Map of Drupal 8 release parties around the world

Drupal 8 core is the work of more than 3300 contributors in over 16,000 Drupal core commits during nearly five years of development, and it is by far the best release of Drupal yet. There are already more than 50,000 Drupal 8 installations, so start yours today!

Build something amazing, for anyone.

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Linux Leaders Join HPC Devs on Open Source Framework

The Linux Foundation on Thursday announced that it’s forming the OpenHPC Collaborative Project to push the software supply to support high-powered computing. The project will provide a new open source framework to meet HPC’s application demands and parallel runtime requirements. The framework will provide upstream project components, tools and interconnections to enable the software stack.

Development: GNOME 3.18.2

(resent with corrected links)

Hello all,

Here comes our second update to GNOME 3.18, it has many fixes, various
improvements, documentation and translation updates, we hope you’ll
enjoy it.

Individual modules may get new stable 3.18 releases but our…

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Wesnoth 1.12.5: Maintenance Release

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GNOME: In Memory of Telsa Gwynne

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

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

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

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

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

Development: GNOME 3.18.2 stable tarballs due

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Tarballs are due on 2015-11-09 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.18.2
stable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
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GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of October, 27th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, November 3th, 2015, 19:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Jeff F. T.
* Rosanna Yuen
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Allan Day
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Andrea Veri (joined late)

== Regr…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of October, 20th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 19:00 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* …

GNOME Foundation: Special Board Meeting about conference sponsorship levels, October13th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 15:00 UTC =

Special meeting to discuss conference sponsorship levels with GUADEC 
and GNOME.Asia organizing teams.

== Attending ==
 * Board
  * Allan
  * Jeff
  * Kat
  * Shaun

 * GUADEC team
  * Markus
  * Benjamin
  * Tobi

 * GNOME.Asia team
  * Max
  * BinLi
  * Emily
  * Shobha

== Regrets ==

 * Cosimo
 * Andrea

== Shaun's notes on sponsorship levels ==

Here's the last two years of sponsorship levels at GUADEC and
GNOME.Asia, along with the sponsors at those levels:

 * GUADEC 2014
  * Platinum Level: 20000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 13000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google)
  * Silver level: 6500 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 1300 USD
   * 4 sponsors (Ubuntu, Seafile,, Gitcafe)
  * Supporter level: N/A

 * GUADEC 2015
  * Platinum Level: 15000 EUR
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 10000 EUR
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google)
  * Silver level: 5000 EUR
   * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 2500 EUR 
   * 3 sponsors (GitCafe, Seafile, Ubuntu)
  * Supporter level: 1000 EUR
   * 3 sponsors (ownCloud, Codethink, Endocode)

 * GNOME Asia 2014
  * Platinum Level: 12000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 9000 USD
   * 1 sponsor (Google)
  * Silver level: 5000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 2500 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Firefox, Tencent)

 * GNOME Asia 2015
  * Platinum Level: 12000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 9000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Silver level: 5000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (openSUSE, Telkomindonesia)
  * Bronze level: 2500 USD
   * 1 sponsor (Kominfo)

GUADEC 2015 was listed in euros instead of dollars. By today's rates, 
the €15000 platinum level is in the ballpark of $17000.

As you can see, nobody comes in at the platinum level for either 
conference. Google and Red Hat have consistently done gold for GUADEC, 
but are spottier for GNOME.Asia.

The Karlsruhe bid is counting on €32000 in sponsorship. If we price 
exactly as in 2015, and if Google and Red Hat come in at the gold 
level, and if Igalia and SuSE come in at bronze again, and if we 
manage at least one bronze, we're good.

In dollars, but in the ballpark of GUADEC 2015:

 * Platinum, $17000
 * Gold, $12000
 * Silver, $ 7000

That gives a nice $5000 delta between each. If we keep GNOME.Asia 
levels the same as the last two years:

  * Platinum, $17000
  * Gold, $12000
  * Silver, $7000

 * Asia
  * Platinum, $12000
  * Gold, $9000
  * Silver, $5000

 * Both
  * Platinum, $29000
  * Gold, $21000
  * Silver, $12000

Now the question is, how much of a discount do we give for doing both 
at once? 10% rounded to 1000s?

  * Platinum, $17000
  * Gold, $12000
  * Silver, $7000

 * Asia
  * Platinum, $12000
  * Gold, $9000
  * Silver, $5000

 * Both
  * Platinum, $29000 - $3000 = $26000
  * Gold, $21000 - $2000 = $19000
  * Silver, $12000 - $1000 = $11000

Is that even worthwhile? Higher discount? I don't know. I've never 
done multi-event discounts before.

As for bronze, set it at some arbitrary low level, and I wouldn't 
bother offering a combined rate for it.

== Minutes ==

 * GNOME.Asia update from Max:
  * New Delhi is the venue
  * April 21st to 24th 2016
 * Budget and sponsorship:
  * No GUADEC platinum sponsor in the last years
  * No GNOME.Asia platinum sponsor in the last year
  * Number of sponsors have increased since we reduced the sponsorship level
  * Increasing number of Chinese sponsors for GNOME.Asia
  * Previously we have given a small discount for combined sponsorships. We could consider giving a larger discount. We haven't given a discount for bronze level in the past.
  * We are likely to make a small profit on each conference
  * It is difficult to get historical data for sponsorship prior to 2013
   * Some is available at
  * Generally companies use round numbers
  * Time scales for getting sponsorship vary by company, but there is pressure to secure sooner rather than later as budgets are set October/November time
  * Main question is whether local teams are willing to give up some dedicated income in order to promote joint sponsorship
  * We could drop the price of each sponsorship level, such as $15,000 for platinum for GUADEC and $10,000 for GNOME.Asia - we haven't had platinum sponsors for a while, and lowering the bands would give more options lower down the scale (possibly encouraging more sponsors)
  * Possibilities for local sponors for GNOME.Asia 2016? Unclear
  * We should speak to Ad Board members about the possibility of co-sponsorship
  * There might be possibilities for local GUADEC sponsorship, but it is still uncertain
   * Smaller contributions are more likely
  * Max - difficulty selling GNOME to potential sponsors (cites Korea example). Need to offer other benefits? Could offer talk slots? Sponsors may ask for information about attendees, such as email addresses. This has not been done for privacy reasons, but is not unusual in Asia.
  * General feeling from the GUADEC team is that the discount for combined sponsorship is too low. Could be something more like 20%.
  * The risk with increasing the discount - no companies jointly sponsor that wouldn't anyway.
  * Emily - it's a good idea to have a large discount for co-sponsorship. Could be used to bring GNOME.Asia sponsors to GUADEC.
  * Emily - GNOME.Asia has a rule that companies that sponsor for 3 years get a bonus of a higher sponsorship level.
  * Emily - community level sponsorship is good - there have been potential sponsors who haven't been able to afford bronze level in the past
  * GNOME.Asia team will have an IRC meeting next Tuesday, where they will discuss sponsorship
  * Annual reports are ready to be shipped - sponsorship brochure should be ready this week or early next week at the latest
  * Both local teams are happy to readjust the sponsorship levels and to offer an increased discount for cosponsorship
  * ACTION: Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
  * ACTION: Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment

== New action items ==

  * Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
  * Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment

Drupal 8.0.0 will be released on November 19, 2015

Based on our experience with our successful release candidates, we are confident to announce that Drupal 8.0.0 will be released on November 19, 2015! Until then, we will continue publishing Drupal 8 release candidates with the latest fixes. See the first release candidate announcement for more details on the release candidate phase, or download the latest release candidate (RC2) for a preview of the release.

Port your modules/themes and update translations

There is not a lot of time left if you are looking to have your module, theme or translation ready for the big day! Read more about porting your modules and themes and contributing to translations.

Preparing for release promotion

We are working on both the release announcement and the press release in English. However we do need volunteers to help translate it to their language. The final translations will be posted on at time of release.

If you can help promote the release on Twitter on November 19th and 20th in your respective time zones, Paul Johnson is looking for you. When tweeting about Drupal 8, be sure to use the hashtag #drupal8.

Parties around the globe!

We also need you to throw a party! Organize a local meetup on the week (or even better the exact date) with sweets, sessions, shirts, stickers or whatever fits to spice it up. Make sure to let the community know, so it shows up on the world map on We also suggest you follow @celebr8d8 and promote your party and share your party stories with #celebr8d8.

Finally, thanks to the nearly 3,300 people who contributed to the codebase of Drupal 8 as well as hundreds of others who organized events, conducted usability tests, mentored contributors, found sponsors, etc.—in short did all the awesome things that made Drupal 8 happen. Now, let’s go make something amazing, for anyone!

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Treasure Hunter | The Haunted Graveyard

00:00 UTC 29th October – 23:59 UTC 4th November | Fill up on candy corn for Halloween treats!