Development: GNOME 3.16.0 newstable tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.16.0 newstable tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze ends

Tarballs are due on 2015-03-23 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.16.0
newstable release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. M…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of February, 27th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, February 27th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on March 13th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Rosanna Yuen
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Jeff Fortin
* Sriram Ramkrishna
* Karen Sandler
* Andrea V…

Development: GNOME 3.15.92 Release Candidate

Hello all,

We have now reached the end of the development cycle and here comes
a release candidate for you to download, build, and test. Enjoy it
as fast as you can, the final release is scheduled next Wednesday.

To compile GNOME 3.15.92, you can us…

GNOME: GNOME supports GPL compliance through VMware suit

The GNOME Foundation supports the Software Freedom Conservancy in its efforts to ensure compliance with the GNU General Public License (GPL) through Christoph Hellwig’s lawsuit against VMware. Like the Linux kernel, the GNOME Project chooses the GPL (as well as the LGPL) to license our software. Working in Free Software is a collaborative effort where all parties benefit, but this outcome is only realized if there is cooperation. Both the GPL and copyleft make this collaboration possible. The GPL is an important tool for safeguarding Free Software and when other avenues for cooperation have been exhausted litigation is the only recourse.

Development: TARBALLS DUE: 3.15.92

Hi!

Please do your best to keep this Monday deadline, it really helps the
work of the release team.

Thank you all!

Fred

Development: GNOME 3.15.92 rc tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.15.92 rc tarballs due
* Hard Code Freeze

Tarballs are due on 2015-03-16 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.15.92
rc release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which were…

Development: GNOME 3.15.91 released!

Hi,

the second beta release of the GNOME 3.15 development cycle is finally here!

ISO’s of this release are avaialble here [1]. Thanks to Dominique
Leuenberger for this work

With this release we are officially now in “The String Freeze” [1] (that
sta…

Development: GNOME 3.15.91 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.15.91 beta tarballs due
* String Freeze

Tarballs are due on 2015-03-02 before 23:59 UTC for the GNOME 3.15.91
beta release, which will be delivered on Wednesday. Modules which wer…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of February, 13th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, February 13th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =
Next meeting due on February 27th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Rosanna Yuen
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Jeff Fortin
* Sriram Ramkrishna
* Karen Sandler
* Tobias…

Development: GNOME 3.15.90

Hi all,

a few days late, but here it is: GNOME 3.15.90 is now available.

This is the first beta release of the 3.15 development, and it is a big release.
All of the big features that we have been working on have made it into this
release, in more or …

GNOME: GUADEC 2015 to happen from August 7 – 9 in Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg By Night

We’re happy to announce that the 2015 edition of GUADEC will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden from
August 7 – 9, at Folkets Hus conference center.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden, located on the Swedish west coast. The city has a rich history in naval and automotive industries, and these days is home to a thriving IT sector and a strong free software community.

We’re looking forward to welcome the GNOME community to Gothenburg. GNOME has been part of our local Free Software conference, FSCONS, so it’s exciting to bring GUADEC here this year.
– Oliver Propst, local organizer

Join us!
Do you have an idea or project you’d like to share with the community during this year’s GUADEC? Stay tuned. We’ll announce a call for participation soon.

If your company or organization would like to sponsor GUADEC, you can find information on sponsorship opportunities in our Sponsors page at GUADEC.org.

If you would like to join our team and help organize GUADEC, get in touch. We would love to have you on board!

Photo: “Gothenburg by Night” by Rob Sinclair, CC-BY-SA 2.0

GNOME Foundation: GNOME.Asia summit 2015 is call for paper

GNOME.Asia summit 2015 is call for paper
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http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp

PRESENTING AT THE GNOME.ASIA SUMMIT
*Click here to submit your presentation!
<http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp/submission/>*
GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 invites proposals for presentations at the
conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is Asia's GNOME user and developer
conference, spreading the knowledge of GNOME across Asia. The conference
will be held in Universitas Indonesia, Depok West Java, Indonesia on May
8-9, 2015. The conference follows the release of GNOME 3.14, helping to
bring new desktop paradigms that facilitate user interaction in the
computing world.  It will be a great place to celebrate and explore the
many new features and enhancements to the GNOME 3.14 release and to help
make GNOME as successful as possible. We welcome proposals by newcomers and
experienced speakers alike.
Possible topics* include*, but* not limited* to:
How to Promote/Contribute to GNOME in Asia

   - GNOME Marketing
   - Promotion of Free / Open Source Software
   - How to run a Local GNOME Users Group
   - Asia success stories / Local GNOME Projects
   - GNOME and Educations
   - GNOME Outreach Program for Women
   - Google Summer of Code

Hacking GNOME

   - Latest developments in GNOME
   - GNOME 3 & GNOME 3 Usability
   - GNOME Human Interface Engineering (Icons and Graphic Design)
   - QA and testing in GNOME
   - GNOME Accessibility
   - GNOME Coding How-to
   - Writing applications for GNOME 3
   - Integration of web life into the desktop

Adapting GNOME to new types of devices

   - Developing GNOME on mobile devices (smart phones, tablets)
   - Developing GNOME on embedded systems or open source hardware
   - On-going projects and success stories
   - Finding Free and Open Source friendly hardware manufacturers

Localization and Internationalization

   - Translations
   - Input methods
   - Fonts

Other topics could include any topic related to Free and Open Source
Software not listed above:

   - Small Board,
   - Open Hardware,
   - Open Data,
   - Big Data,
   - Cloud Computing,
   - Mobile Technology

Lightning talks! A five minute presentation to demonstrate your work or
promote an interesting topic. These talks will be grouped together in a
single session.
A standard session at GNOME.Asia 2015 will be scheduled as 45 mins (35 mins
talk + 10 mins Q&A).  Please take into consideration any time you will need
for preparation. The session could be a technical talk, panel discussion,
or BOF.
If you’d like to share your knowledge and experience at GNOME.Asia 2015,
please fill in the form at before *March 15th, 2015*.  Please provide a
short abstract about your proposal (under 150 words). Include your name,
biographical information, a photo suitable for the web, a title, and a
description of your presentation . The reviewing team will evaluate the
entries based on the submitted abstracts and available time in the
schedule. You will be contacted before *March 17th, 2015* on whether your
submission has been accepted or not.
All interested contributors are highly encouraged to send in their talks.
Please help us to spread the invitation to other potential participants.
Even you do not plan to be a speaker, please consider joining GNOME.Asia
2015. This is going to be a great event!
*Click here to submit your presentation!
<http://2015.gnome.asia/cfp/submission/>*
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GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the ED search meeting of February, 11th, 2015

= ED Search meeting minutes for Friday, February 11th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

== Attending ==
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Rosanna Yuen
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Jeff Fortin
* Andrea Veri
* Sriram Ramkrishna

== Regrets ==
* Karen Sandler
* Tobias Muel…

Development: GNOME 3.15.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.15.90 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: Outreach Program to Join Conservancy from GNOME; Program Renames to Outreachy

Software Freedom Conservancy and the GNOME Foundation together announce that the Free and Open Source Software Outreach Program is moving from GNOME to Conservancy. As Karen Sandler, Executive Director of Conservancy and co-organizer of the Outreach Program, announced in her keynote at FOSDEM this weekend, the program will be rebranding as part of the transition under the new name “Outreachy”.

Outreachy helps people from groups underrepresented in free and open source software get involved by providing a supportive community for newcomers to contribute to throughout the year, and by offering focused internship opportunities twice a year with many free software organizations. To date, the program has had 214 interns with 35 different free software organizations, including the Linux Kernel, Wikimedia, GNOME, Mozilla, Twisted (a Conservancy member project), and OpenStack. Marina Zhurakhinskaya, Community Engagement Lead at Red Hat and co-organizer of the program said, “It’s amazing that the program we started four years ago with eight GNOME interns has grown to enable hundreds of women become established free software contributors across a broad spectrum of projects. I vividly remember the call in which Karen proposed the idea of inviting other organizations to participate, and I’m excited to continue working closely with her in growing the reach of the program.”

The GNOME Foundation, previous nonprofit home of the program, remains a core partner of Outreachy, providing infrastructure support. “The GNOME board is unified in its enthusiasm for Outreach to join Conservancy,” said Jean-François Fortin Tam, President of the GNOME Foundation. “We’re proud to have launched the program and seen it grow beyond our wildest expectations. We look forward to remaining a partner, supporting and participating in the program in its new home as it continues to grow.”

Over the next few months, Outreachy will complete its transition to Conservancy, the non-profit home of over 30 free and open source software projects. “Outreachy is a natural fit for Conservancy,” said Sandler. “Conservancy is organized to support many free software projects — and to promote software freedom in general. This program has become an essential way for free software projects to improve their communities. I am honored to keep working with Marina, Sarah Sharp and all of the other volunteers who keep Outreachy going.”

The next round of Outreachy internships will have an application deadline on March 24, 2015, and internship dates from May 25 to August 25. Coding, design, documentation and other projects will be available. Applicants will be asked to select a project with one of the participating organizations and collaborate with a mentor listed for that project to make a relevant contribution to the project during the application process. Accepted participants will work remotely, while being guided by their mentor, and will receive a $5,500 stipend.

About Outreachy

Outreachy is the successor of the Outreach Program for Women (OPW). OPW was inspired by Google Summer of Code and by how few women applied for it. The GNOME Foundation first started OPW with one round in 2006, and then resumed the effort in 2010 with rounds organized twice a year. In the May 2012 round, Software Freedom Conservancy joined OPW with one internship with the Twisted project. In the January 2013 round, many other free and open source organizations joined the program. For the May 2015 round, the program was renamed to Outreachy with the goal of expanding to engage people from various underrepresented groups and is transitioning to Conservancy as its organizational home.

This program is a welcoming link that connects talented and passionate newcomers with people working in free and open source software and guides them through their first contribution. Through Outreachy, participants learn how exciting and valuable work on software freedom can be, while helping us to build a more inclusive community. The organizational partners of the program are the GNOME Foundation, Red Hat and Software Freedom Conservancy.

About the GNOME Foundation

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 one of the most popular environments 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 work to promote software freedom through the creation of innovative, accessible, and beautiful user experiences.

About Software Freedom Conservancy

Software Freedom Conservancy is a public charity that promotes, improves, develops and defends Free, Libre and Open Source software projects. Conservancy is home more than thirty software projects — including Git, Inkscape, Samba, Wine, Selenium, the Linux Compliance project, PyPy, and Sugar Labs — each supported by a dedicated community of volunteers, developers and users. Conservancy’s projects include some of the most widely used software systems in the world across many application areas, including educational software deployed in schools around the globe, embedded software systems deployed in most consumer electronic devices, distributed version control developer tools, integrated library services systems, and widely used graphics and art programs. A full list of Conservancy’s member projects is available. Conservancy provides these projects with the necessary infrastructure and not-for-profit support services to enable each project’s communities to focus on what they do best: creating innovative software and advancing computing for the public’s benefit.

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 23th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, January 23th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on February 6th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Andrea Veri
 * Karen Sandler
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Regrets ==

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Adboard meeting at FOSDEM 2015
   * Unfortunately was not organized yet, so possibility of piggybacking on the SFC dinner event with a "GNOME table"? ($40 in advance/euro 40 at the door per attendee)
   * People can go on an individual basis, but the general feeling among board members seems to be "we're probably not setting this up as an official event"; maybe just sending an informal invitation email to the adboard list to let them know they can join us there
   * ACTION: Sri to send an informal invitation mail to the adboard for the event

 * Next steps for the Outreach Program
  * Marina sent an e-mail to board-list with all the planned next steps for the OP
   * This is a follow-up to a discussion we started during the GUADEC 2014 board meeting about the growth & requirements for the Outreach Program
   * GNOME has been a good home to launch and grow the project so far, but the program has somewhat outgrown the capabilities of GNOME. Preparations are being made to create an environment where the OP can grow over time without creating too much burden to the GNOME Foundation (in terms of workload on the Board, Rosanna's time handling the payments and invoices)
   * OP is being renamed to "Outreachy"
   * OP would be joining the SFC; GNOME would still be providing its infrastructure, for the time of the transition
  * When this round will end (around March) funds (general OP and travel funds) will have to be transferred from the GNOME Foundation to the SFC
   * Obligations (reimbursements etc.) will be then moved to the SFC itself
   * Rosanna will still be required to help out OP with invoicing / reimbursement till the end of March
   * Travel allowances will still have to be approved by the Board for this (round that ends in March) and previous rounds
  * VOTE: The board agrees to move of OP to the SF Conservancy to further the growth of the program. GNOME will continue to be the infrastructure partner for the time being. Details on the transfering of funds and any other information and the exact timetable will be established in due course, upon consulation with counsel.
    * The GNOME Foundation would not be bound by the contract of the SFC. The primary reason for this vote is that SFC wants to make sure that "GNOME is okay with this move"
    * +1 from Jeff, Tobi, Sri, Kat, Andrea - Karen & Marina abstain
  * ACTION: Karen & Marina should provide a more detailed plan as things are being figured out (timeframe, next steps)

 * 500$ materials sponsorship request for GNOME Peru Fest 2015
  * VOTE: approve the 500$ materials sponsorship: +1 unanimous

 * Next board meeting: our backlog is huge. We could have an extra meeting right after FOSDEM, intsead of waiting 2 weeks.
   * ACTION: Tobi/Sri to evaluate the situation while at FOSDEM and request an extra meeting if needed

Deferred:
 * Responding to a phone press inquiry asking to reach Stormy Peters
  * Comment from Stormy: "There is a press mailing list to deal with press inquiries. And if they are looking for me, they should be able to find me but you are welcome to point them my way."
  * ACTION: maybe Rosanna can check with the caller to see what he wants and see if we need to get back to him by press contact, or if he really wanted to reach Stormy in particular?
 * Sysadmin sponsorship: should we have a guadec-style sponsors' brochure to help with that?
 * WHS
 * OEM Linux distribution including GNOME - any action required wrt Narcis Garcia's email?
 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status
 * ED search

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * Reviewing and harmonizing our logos & trademark guidelines wrt ®, ™, etc.
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * Trademark defense campaign has ended and been a success: start evaluating the use of funds to wrap up the matter and to make GNOME better
   * GNOME Privacy project: what to do with the gathered funds? (hackfest? internships? more ideas?)
   * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Midpoint payments to Outreach interns

== Completed Actions ==
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.

== Pending action items ==
 * GNOME's CoC: 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
 * 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


GNOME: Meet GNOME at FOSDEM

This weekend GNOME will be present at FOSDEM, one of the largest gatherings for Free Software contributors and enthusiasts taking place in Brussels, Belgium January 31 – February 01.

GNOME is hosting a booth where attendees can test the latest GNOME version, get promotion material, talk to contributors and learn more about how to get involved in the community. In addition to the booth GNOME will share the H.1308 (Rolin) devroom with other free desktop environments.

GNOME: Builder fundraiser concludes

Christan Herget’s Builder fundraiser have concluded. The fundraiser surpassed its original goal allowing Christian to dictate extra time to the development of Builder.

gnome-builder logo

Christian stated in a comment “The overwhelming support of the community is both heartwarming and inspiring. I’m excited to get to continue working on a project that I think is critical to the future of our platform.”

Updates about the progress the project are making is frequently posted on the @GNOMEBuilder twitter account. It’s also possible to view git.gnome.org/Builder/log for real-time source updates. As with any GNOME project the project welcomes community contributions.

Christian will present his work with Builder at the South California Linux Fest (SCALE 13x), taking place February 19-22 in LA.

 

 *The builder logo was done by Jakub Steiner 

 

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of January, 09th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, January 09th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on January 23th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Andrea Veri
 * Karen Sandler
 * Tobias Mueller
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Regrets ==

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Funding - quick status check on:
  * Ecosystem (re)mapping
  * Adboard outreach
   * Around 20 companies involved in the last 10 years
   * The Board is looking to expand our Advisory Board membership base
    * Karen points out how hard it is to reach out companies asking for funds when there is no existing connection (effort expended versus posible gain is too high). Also the wrong person reaching out on our behalf can also be detrimental
    * Karen also states the fact even without a successful response by a specific company, it's another way to touch base with an external entity and contacts that might be willing to support the GNOME Foundation
   * Discussions with startups reveals that those who are server-intensive are looking for good desktop tooling, it's something GNOME is lacking in and Mac OS X has a lot of traction in.
     * Opportunity to crowdsource outreach, which may turn into fundraising opportunities, to whoever people in our community that attends startup-gatherings types of events all around the world - imagine if we were hundreds doing that
     * At least in Portland, GNOME is a very well recognized brand, 7/10 times it needs no explanation; similar story among developers in some venues in NYC; we have a strong brand
     * A different approach than traditional door-knocking fundraising, more about getting those actors involved and interested in our activities...
     * Idea for a mixed approach where we have a 70% effort on maintaining current adboard relationships at various touch points, and 30% new outreach etc.?
     * Idea to have highly technical and popular "GNOME ambassadors"? Already have a couple of qualified volunteers

  * Sysadmin sponsorship
   * VOTE: Assign 5K of general funds as a buffer to cover sysadmin work for coming months while funding for it is being sorted out
    * +1 from jeff, marina, karen, sri, tobi (andrea abstains)

 * Sitrep on deal with WHS for funds in Europe and countries following the IBAN convention
  * The core issue is the "outgoing payments" (payments they make on our behalf) needing to be included in the file export/report; it would be possible but a lot of work for them?
  * Entering this agreement would create some more work/complexity when it comes to annual reports
  * ACTION: get back to them, explain that the export is necessary, and ask for some form of documention wrt outgoing payments?

 * Review action items in kanban board, for completeness and status
  * See Board of Directors board on https://tasks.gnome.org
  * Access is granted based on the credentials of your GNOME Account
 
 * ED search

 * Deferred until further mailing list discussion occurs from other board members (or missing info):
   * Reviewing and harmonizing our logos & trademark guidelines wrt ®, ™, etc.
   * Discuss plans for reviewing salaries/hourly rates of employees/contractors
   * Trademark defense campaign has ended and been a success: start evaluating the use of funds to wrap up the matter and to make GNOME better
   * GNOME Privacy project (what to do with the remaining funds): hackfest? internships?
   * NDA for sysadmins (for the privacy policy)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * Builder fundraiser launched (http://www.hergert.me/blog/2014/12/29/fundraiser.html)
 
== Completed Actions ==
 * GUADEC 2015 Sponsor Brochure Draft: Jeff to mail Fabiana back with the result of Board's vote

== Pending action items ==
 * GNOME's CoC: 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
 * Edward Swartz's "philantropist donation": Sri to email him to thank, say we're getting a gift together, ask about reasons motivating his great donation, maybe offer an interview? And verify his mailing address.
 * 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
 * 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



GNOME: Developer Experience and Documentation Hackfest about to start in Cambridge

Several GNOME contributors will in the coming days meet for the Developer Experience and Documentation Hackfest taking place in Cambridge, UK.

Important items on the agenda for the Developer Experience Hackfest include the GTK+ roadmap, OpenGL GTK+ integration and Builder. The documentation team will work on user-help for the upcoming GNOME 3.16 release.

The foundation wants to thank Collabora who is sponsoring the venue.