GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2014 – Candidacy – Sriram Ramkrishna

Affiliation: Intel Corporation

I’m running for a second term as Director of the GNOME Foundation. I
plan on continuing my efforts in outreach both inside of GNOME
Foundation and to external. There is still many things to do in order
to make our plat…

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2014 – Candidacy – Ekaterina Gerasimova

Name: Ekaterina Gerasimova (kittykat)
Affiliation: none

I have been a board member for a year now, having run in 2013 with an
aim to improve the processes involved in running the various areas of
the Foundation. I have succeeded in getting areas such …

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2014 – Candidacy – Marina Zhurakhinskaya

Name: Marina Zhurakhinskaya
Emails: marinaz< at >redhat.com and marinazik< at >gmail.com
Affiliations: Community Engagement Lead at Red Hat, Advisor and Director at the Ada Initiative
Blog: http://blogs.gnome.org/marina

Dear Foundation,

I…

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2014 – Candidacy – Emily Gonyer

Name: Emily Gonyer
Email: emilyyrose< at >gmail.com
Affiliation: None

Dear Foundation,

I’m interested in serving on GNOME’s board of directors for the first
time, in order to help steer GNOME in a more open and community led
direction. It is my…

Development: GNOME 3.12.2 is out

Hello,

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

The road ahead is 3.13, a schedule has been published, and a first…

Development: TARBALLS DUE: 3.12.2

Hello all,

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

Tarballs are due on 2014-05-12 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.12.2
stable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which
were proposed for inclus…

GNOME: 39 Interns Will Work to Improve GNOME this Summer

The GNOME Foundation is happy to announce that 39 participants have been accepted for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and the Outreach Program For Women (OPW) internships to work with the GNOME Project this summer.

The work will cover a wide range of tasks including improving Shell animations, annotation support in Evince, DLNA capabilities in Photos, and documentation updates. Information about all accepted participants and their projects is available in the e-mail welcoming the interns, which was sent to the Foundation mailing list.

It will be easy to follow the progress of the interns, as they are required to blog on Planet GNOME every two weeks.

These opportunities would not have been possible without the GNOME community members, many of whom themselves have participated in these programs before, guiding the participants and the financial sponsorship from Google, HP , Linux Foundation, and Red Hat.

The Foundation is looking forward to the results of the interns’ work, which will provide a better experience for users and developers.

GNOME: GNOME West Coast Summit Starts Today

The first GNOME event on the USA West Coast starts today. Held in San Francisco, the GNOME West Coast Summit brings together many senior members of the project for high-level technical discussions and planning. Major topics on the agenda for the event include Wayland, KDbus, application sandboxing, and application developer experience.

The summit is a great opportunity for those on the West Coast to get involved in ongoing GNOME initiatives. Participants from Intel, Red Hat, Yorba, Google, Endless Mobile and Elementary OS will be in attendance.

Several open evening events have been organized to coincide with the summit. On Wednesday there will be a local community meet-up, then on Thursday there will be another evening event at Noisebridge. Anyone in the local area should feel free to stop by – details are on the wiki.

Many thanks to Endless Mobile for providing the venue for the event.

GNOME: Karen Sandler Steps Down as GNOME Foundation Executive Director

Karen Sandler

Karen Sandler has been serving as GNOME Foundation Executive Director since June 2011. Today she announced that she will be leaving the post, to take up the position of Executive Director at the Software Freedom Conservancy.

Announcing her departure, Karen said: “Working as the GNOME Foundation Executive Director has been one of the highlights of my career.” She also spoke of the achievements during her time as Executive Director: “I’ve helped to recruit two new advisory board members… and we have run the last three years in the black. We’ve held some successful funding campaigns, particularly around privacy. We have a mind-blowingly fantastic Board of Directors, and the Engagement team is doing amazing work. The GNOME.Asia team is strong, and we’ve got an influx of people, more so than I’ve seen in some time.”

“With all these achievements, I think it’s time for me to hand the reins over to someone new, who can bring their own personal strengths to the role.”

Though Karen will no longer be the GNOME Foundation Executive Director, she will still be a part of the GNOME project. She has announced her intention to run for the Board of Directors, and wrote “I will stay on as pro bono counsel, and of course I’ll continue volunteering in other ways.”

Thanks and good wishes from the GNOME community have already started to pour in. Emmanuele Bassi, a Foundation Board member, said “I’d like to thank you for your great, indispensable work over the past few years. Your enthusiasm and involvement in GNOME have been incredible and inspiring.”

Meanwhile, the GNOME Foundation Board has already started to consider potential candidates for a new Executive Director, and interested parties should email board@gnome.org. Arrangements have also been made to ensure that the Foundation continues to run smoothly.

GNOME: FreeDesktop Summit Underway in Nuremberg

Developers from the major Linux Desktops (GNOME, KDE, RazorQt and Unity) are currently meeting in Nuremberg for the second FreeDesktop Summit.

The summit is a joint technical meeting from developers working on ‘desktop infrastructure’ on the major Free Desktop projects and the event aims to improve collaboration between the projects by discussing specifications and the sharing of platform-level components. GNOME developers are in attendance, and one report is already online. More updates will be posted to Planet GNOME.

Like last year, the event is supported by SUSE.

Check the report from last year to get an idea of what this event is about.

GNOME: GNOME 3.12 Released

The GNOME Project has released GNOME 3.12 today. The next milestone release in the GNOME 3 series includes many new features, enhancements and updates, as well as new capabilities and APIs for application developers. The new version continues to improve the GNOME 3 user experience and includes many small bug fixes and enhancements.

Speaking on behalf of the GNOME Release Team, Matthias Clasen said “This is an exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features and improvements, including app folders, enhanced system status and high-resolution display support.” He also thanked the GNOME community for their work on the release, saying that “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world”.

Major features for this release include:

  • A significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications.
  • Major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications.
  • Greater high-resolution display support.
  • Big updates for the Software and Web applications.
  • Improved start up times as well as more efficient resource usage.
  • A new application folders feature, which lets you organize your apps.

3.12 is also a major release for developers, and comes with new interface widgets and APIs, as well as improved documentation.

The release contains many other improvements, which you can read about in the release notes.

The latest GNOME release has been met with anticipation by the project’s partners. Christian Schaller, manager of Red Hat’s Desktop Team, said: “Red Hat is very pleased to see the GNOME community continuing to push the GNU/Linux desktop forward. We are looking forward to the innovations in GNOME 3.12 arriving in future versions of Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.” GNOME 3 is already in use by many companies who will benefit from the improvements in the new release.

Arun S A G, Software Development Engineer at Yahoo Inc said “GNOME is the desktop environment of choice for many Yahoo developers. It provides a stable foundation for GNU/Linux power users to get things done, from reading emails to writing code.”

The GNOME Foundation thanks all of the contributors for their hard work, perseverance, and vision in this release.

The 3.12 announcement press release includes additional materials.

GNOME: GNOME 3.12 Released with New Features for Users and Developers

Orinda, CA– The GNOME Project is proud to release GNOME 3.12 today. The next milestone release in the GNOME 3 series includes many new features, enhancements and updates, as well as new capabilities and APIs for application developers. The new version continues to improve the GNOME 3 user experience and includes many small bug fixes and enhancements.

Speaking on behalf of the GNOME Release Team, Matthias Clasen said “This is an exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features and improvements, including app folders, enhanced system status and high-resolution display support.” He also thanked the GNOME community for their work on the release, saying that “This six months’ effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world”.

The latest GNOME release has been met with anticipation by the project’s partners. Christian Schaller, manager of Red Hat’s Desktop Team, said: “Red Hat is very pleased to see the GNOME community continuing to push the GNU/Linux desktop forward. We are looking forward to the innovations in GNOME 3.12 arriving in future versions of Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.”

GNOME 3 is already in use by many companies who will benefit from the improvements in the new release. Arun S A G, Software Development Engineer at Yahoo Inc said “GNOME is the desktop environment of choice for many Yahoo developers. It provides a stable foundation for GNU/Linux power users to get things done, from reading emails to writing code.”

Seth Schoen, Senior Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, also commented, “EFF is proud to use GNOME. Personally, I look forward to checking out the new features and fixes in the release.”

Major new features for this release include a significant update to the experience for finding and installing applications, as well as major facelifts for the Videos and gedit applications. Those who have high resolution displays will benefit from greater support, and users will experience better start up times as well as more efficient resource usage. They will also be able to quickly organize their applications with the new application folders feature.

Other highlights for GNOME 3.12 include:

  • A big update to the GNOME web browser, with improved performance and UI enhancements.
  • Three new preview applications – Logs, Sound Recorder, and Polari – a new IRC client for GNOME.
  • Photos has been updated with new Facebook integration.
  • A new search feature for Terminals.
  • Integrated Google Cloud Print support.
  • A revamped Initial Setup Assistant.
  • The use of the new popovers widget in a number of core applications.

3.12 is a major release for developers, and comes with a host of new APIs and widgets. New GTK+ user interface widgets include GtkPopover, GtkActionBar and GtkFlowBox, and provide exciting new possibilities for application developers. A new API provides integrated support for desktop notifications. 3.12 also includes a powerful new process launching API. Finally, much of GNOME’s developer documentation has been improved for 3.12, with enhancements to structure, formatting and content. For our BSD friends, GNOME has enhanced portability, with over 150 FreeBSD issues fixed and test builds running regularly. Work for other operating systems is ongoing.

More details about GNOME 3.12 can be found in the release notes. A pack of screenshots is also available.

The GNOME Foundation thanks all of the contributors for their hard work, perseverance, and vision in this release.

About GNOME

GNOME was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero. Their aim: to produce a free (as in freedom) desktop environment. Since then, GNOME has grown into a hugely successful enterprise. Used by millions of people around the world, it is the most popular environment for GNU/Linux and UNIX-type operating systems. GNOME’s software has been utilized in successful, large-scale enterprise and public deployments.

The GNOME community is made up of hundreds of contributors from all over the world, many of whom are volunteers. This community is supported by the GNOME Foundation, an independent non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal assistance. The Foundation is a democratic institution that is directed by its members, who are all active GNOME contributors. GNOME and its Foundation works to promote software freedom through the creation of innovative, accessible, and beautiful user experiences.

Development: GNOME 3.12 Released

The GNOME Project is proud to announce the release of GNOME 3.12.

This is an exciting release for GNOME, and brings many new features
and improvements, including app folders, enhanced system status and
high-resolution display support. This release als…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of March 20th, 2014

wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140320

= Minutes for Tuesday, March 20th, 2014, 15:30 UTC =

== Next Meeting ==
* Tuesday, March 25th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Andreas Nilsson
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Tobias Muell…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of March 11th, 2014

wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140311

= Minutes for Tuesday, March 11th, 2014, 17:00 UTC =
== Next Meeting ==
* Tuesday, March 20th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Andreas Nilsson
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Tobias Muelle…

Development: TARBALLS DUE: GNOME 3.12.0

Hello all,

With 3.11.92 out, it’s time for 3.12.0 tarballs. Let the translations
flow into your modules then get your tarballs out.

Tarballs are due on 2014-03-24 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.12.0
newstable release, which will be delivered on Wed…

Development: GNOME 3.11.92 Release Candidate!

Hello all,

A bit late on the schedule as we were waiting for some extra tarballs
(we recommend using a git snapshot of cogl at the moment), but here it
is at last, a GNOME release candidate for you to test, and your chance
to make 3.12 the best it can…

Development: TARBALLS DUE: GNOME 3.11.92 release candidate + HARD CODE FREEZE

Hey all,

Here comes the 3.11.92 release candidate, last stop before 3.12.
Tarballs are expected on Monday, this is the last chance to get your
fixes in, we will then enter the hard code freeze, and you will need a
big bunch of approvals to get changes…

GNOME Foundation: Update to travel sponsorship policy

The Travel Committee have traditionally had a policy that local travel
was not reimbursed unless explicitly agreed beforehand. The policy was
not explicitly mentioned anywhere, so I have updated the wiki to make
it more clear: https://wiki.gnome.org/Tr…

GNOME: Time to apply for OPW and GSoC

With the summer coming closer, the GNOME Foundation are excited to announce applications are open for Google Summer of Code (GSoC) and Outreach Program for Women.

Outreach Program for Women

Outreach Program for Women offers a $5500 stipend for a four months internship working with a Free/Open Source organization. The program accepts proposals not only for coding projects, but also for documentation, design, and marketing projects. Every organization has mentors to guide and work with accepted participants during the course of the internship and application process.

As part of the application process, applicants must contribute to the project they indents to work on during the internship.

“Participating in the GNOME community as an intern allowed me to gain an understanding of the technologies used for development and the structure of free/open source teams. These skills have helped to enrich my understanding of FOSS and computer science”
-Meg Ford former Outreach Program for Women intern

The GNOME community encourages anyone interested to visit the Outreach Program for Women website, and to check our wiki where project ideas are listed. The application deadline for this round of the program is March 19.

Google Summer of Code

Google Summer of Code (GSoC) is an internship program sponsored by Google. Just like the Outreach Program for Women, GSoC offers a $5500 scholarship for students to work on Free/Open Source projects along with a mentor from the community.

2014 marks the 10th year of the program, and the GNOME project has participated every year. The program presents a great opportunity for students to get involved with our community, and to use their developments skill to contribute to the project. Many project ideas are available, and as usual students are also welcome to discuss their own ideas with prospective mentors!

Applications for this year’s round of GSoC are open until March 21.

Join Us

We are looking forward to welcome this year’s interns for Google Summer of Code and Outreach Program for Women!

If you’re interest in applying to work with GNOME, get in touch with us! The sooner you start your application, the better your chances to be accepted for both programs.