Development: GNOME 3.19.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.19.90 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…

GNOME: Endless joins the GNOME Advisory Board

ORINDA, CA – February 3, 2016 – The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Endless, creator of the Endless computer and operating system, has joined the GNOME Foundation advisory board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. The board includes Google, Intel, the Linux Foundation, and the Free Software Foundation, among others.

“We are very excited to join the GNOME Foundation advisory board,” said, Jonathan Blandford, VP Engineering at Endless and GNOME advisory board member. “The goals of the GNOME Foundation are perfectly aligned with the goals of Endless; to create a technology platform for the general public that is designed to be elegant, efficient, and easy to use.”

The Endless computer is the world’s first fully functioning desktop PC designed to bring the next four billion people into the information age.

“Endless is using GNOME in innovative ways to help close the digital divide. We’re excited to have them share their vision on the GNOME advisory board.” said Shaun McCance, President of the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors.

The nonprofit GNOME Foundation is an independent organization committed to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME Project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.

More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at www.gnome.org

GNOME: GNOME Foundation was never bankrupt

We are aware that there have been references online claiming that the GNOME Foundation was bankrupted in 2013 along with accusations about who was responsible.

To clarify the matter, the Foundation was never bankrupt. Quite a while ago, there was a temporary cash flow issue which is now completely resolved. Funds that were committed by sponsors and earmarked for the Outreach Program for Women (OPW) were delayed in payment. GNOME Foundation’s board temporarily froze expenditures while it collected the funds and revamped its financial procedures to adjust for the additional cash flow going forward. Every cent of the funds was ultimately received. Additionally, GNOME collected administrative fees which covered the program’s expenses.

Karen Sandler, our former Executive Director, made certain there were firm financial commitments from OPW sponsors prior to authorizing outgoing payments and she further ensured that all funds were ultimately recouped. While we were disappointed when Karen chose to leave the Foundation for a new position at the Software Freedom Conservancy, she has the full support of the GNOME community who elected her onto the Board of Directors in 2014. We are grateful for her continued involvement with Foundation activities on a voluntary basis after her term on the Board, as well as being a Free Software advocate and pro-bono lawyer for us and other projects.

While OPW has transferred to another home which is more suited to the program’s size and breadth, we remain an active partner of the program and are proud to support it.

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 12th, 2016

= Minutes for Tuesday, January 12th 2016, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 19 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets …

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 05th, 2016

= Minutes for Tuesday, January 5th 2016, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 12 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Jeff F.T.
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Rosanna Yuen
* Alexandre Franke
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Allan Day
* Shaun McCance

== Regrets…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of December, 22th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, 5 January, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Allan Day
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Rosanna Yuen
* Alexandre Franke
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Jeff F.T.

== Regrets ==

* Shaun M…

Development: GNOME 3.19.4 released

Hi!,

GNOME 3.19.4 is out. This is a development snapshot, so use it with caution.

To compile GNOME 3.19.4, 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…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of December, 08th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 20:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Shaun McCance
* Alexandre Franke
* Rosanna Yuen
* Jeff Fortin Tam
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Andrea Veri
* Cosimo…

Elections (Vote Now!), Atomic, OpenQA, Let’s Encrypt, and GNOME shortcut key design

Don’t Forget to Vote! The 2015 November / December Fedora Elections officially began last Monday, and voting closes today (December 14th) at 23:59:00 UTC. Watch the timezone —  that’s a lot sooner than midnight in many parts of the world…. Continue Reading →

Development: GNOME 3.19.3 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-12-14 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.3
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. Pl…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of November, 17th, 2015

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

Next meeting date Tuesday, November 24th, 2015, 20:00 UTC

== Attending ==

* Rosanna Yuen
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Alexandre Franke
* Allan Day
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Andrea Veri
* Shaun McCan…

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…

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

Hello all,

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
were proposed for inclusion should try to follow the unstable schedule
so everyone can test them. Plea…

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, code.csdn.net, 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:

 * GUADEC
  * 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?

 * GUADEC
  * 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 https://wiki.gnome.org/GUADEC/PlanningHowTo/Sponsors
  * 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



Development: GNOME 3.19.1 unstable tarballs due

Hello all,

Tarballs are due on 2015-10-26 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.19.1
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. Pl…

Development: GNOME 3.18.1 released

Hi all!

Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.18, it has many fixes (several
wayland related), various improvements, documentation and translation
updates, we hope you’ll enjoy it.

We will soon publish the schedule for our next release, and a first

GNOME: GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 to be held in Delhi, India

India Gate

The GNOME Asia team is pleased to announce that next year’s GNOME.Asia Summit will be held in Delhi, at the Manav Rachna International University (MRIU). This is located in the Faridabad distract just south of the National Capital Territory (New Delhi).

GNOME.Asia 2016 will be held between the 21st and 24th of April, and will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements in GNOME.

“We’re excited to bring GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 Summit to India, a country with a vast, diverse culture well as a growing IT-sector and a thriving Free Software Community.” – Shobha Tyagi, member of the local organizing team.

The GNOME Asia Committee wants to thank everyone who participated in the GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 bidding process and wish the 2016 organizing team best of luck with organizing a great conference.

[Image by Ankur via Wikimedia commons, licensed CC-BY-SA 3.0.]