Make Firefox Look Native in Fedora

Firefox has been criticized by users for not fitting well in Fedora Workstation. Although it improved with the new interface called Australis, it still doesn’t feel as native as GNOME Web (Epiphany). It’s not likely it will close the gap any time soon for two… Continue Reading →

GNOME Foundation: GNOME Foundation AGM 2015

Foundation Members,

This year’s GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting will be held on
the 8th of August at 15:45 (CEST). As with previous years, it is being
held at GUADEC [1]. This year’s conference is at the Folkets Hus [2]
in Gothenburg, Sweden.

GNOME: Donations within the EU are now handled through the Wau Holland Foundation

The GNOME Foundation and the Wau Holland Foundation (Wau Holland Stiftung; WHS) have recently reached an agreement that will significantly improve the way donations to GNOME within the European Union (EU) are received and managed.

Prior to signing this agreement, the GNOME Foundation was able to receive donations through many payment methods (including wires, checks, and Paypal transfers or subscriptions), whether for one-time donations or recurrent (monthly) subscriptions as part of the Friends of GNOME program. However, donors needed to be residents of the United States for their contributions to be eligible for tax-deductibility, and wire transfers were prohibitively expensive from Europe.

The GNOME Foundation worked closely with the WHS to streamline the process for donations made within the European Union. Thanks to this agreement, Europeans donating to the GNOME Foundation through the WHS in support of GNOME will be eligible for tax receipts, allowing them to deduct donated amounts in their annual tax reports to the extent permissible by the law in their local jurisdiction.

The WHS has become a valuable ally to the GNOME Project, providing financial support, knowledge and infrastructure for strengthening GNOME’s ties with their European donors.

“Having an entity for collecting tax-deductible donations within the European Union is something the GNOME Foundation’s Board of Directors has been working on for a long time. I’m glad the current Board was able to sign the agreement that turned this dream into reality,” says Andrea Veri, Secretary of the GNOME Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The GNOME Foundation thanks the WHS for its continued support and help.

Useful links:

  • Ready to make a donation from within the EU? Look at the “Other ways to donate” page.
  • The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors values transparency, and thus made public the agreement between the GNOME Foundation and the WHS. Look here for a copy of the agreement.

GNOME: West Coast Summit 2015 concludes

After three intensive days, West Coast Summit 2015 has concluded in San Francisco. The summit gathered core GNOME contributors and Endless employees, as well as elementary OS contributors.

Topics that were covered during the summit included:

  • Application sandboxing and xdg-app
  • Application development and Builder
  • GTK+ and multi-touch
  • App stores and AppStream
  • Mutter (Screen rotation)

Beside technical work the summit featured discussions about community and outreach.

We’d like to thank everyone who made West Coast Summit 2015 happen. Special thanks goes to Endless for providing the venue.

GNOME Foundation: Call for hosts for GUADEC 2016

The GNOME Foundation invites proposals to host GUADEC 2016.

GUADEC is the biggest gathering of GNOME users and developers, which
takes place in Europe every year. It includes conference days, the
GNOME Foundation annual general meeting and hacking in a week of
coding and discussion.

Teams wishing to organize GUADEC in their city should discuss their
intent to submit a bid with the board before the 1st of August by
email to board-list< at > They should also try to attend GUADEC
2015 in Gothenburg on the 7th-12th August where the board and the
local team will make themselves available to help you figure out what
is involved in organising GUADEC.

The deadline for bid submission will be the 1st of September 2015 by
e-mail to foundation-announce< at > and board-list< at > Bids
should also be uploaded to

Keep in mind that a good location candidate should meet the following criteria:
* easily accessible by plane or train
* motivated local team, preferably with experience in event organisation
* a venue available to host the event
* good options for lunches (catering, student restaurant…)
* affordable accommodation and places to eat in the evening
* space for informal talks and impromptu hacking local industry and
government support

Bids from previous years are available for reference. Also be aware
that while organizing a conference such as GUADEC is a huge
undertaking, people from the GNOME community have been there before
you and will be there to help you. You can find more information at including a How To for writing the bid
and an overview of the kinds of things you should include in the

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to get in touch with the
foundation board at board-list< at >
foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of June, 19th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, June 19th, 2015, 16:00 UTC =

Next meeting date TBD as July 03rd, 2015 is an US national holiday

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

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GNOME: Students are busy improving GNOME this summer

GNOME is once again participating as a mentoring organization in Google of Summer Code (GSoC), which provides stipends for students to work on Free Software projects over the summer.

GSoC students will work on many improvements to GNOME, including: an image viewing widget for GTK+, additional event sources for GNOME Shell’s time and date menu and improvements to the Java ATK-Wrapper (with the aim to make the Orca Screen Reader fully function with Java apps).

GNOME is also participating in the summer round of Outreachy. Our intern for this period will be working with Jim Hall to conduct usability testing.

This summer’s students will be regularly posting to Planet GNOME, so stay tuned for updates.

GNOME is only be able to offer these internships thanks to Google and the sponsors of Outreachy. We wish the interns the best of luck with their projects!

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of May, 15th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, May 15th, 2015, 16:00 UTC =

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

== Regrets ==

== Missing ==
* Andrea Veri

== …

Development: GNOME 3.15.2

Hey GNOMErs!

here is the second snapshot of the GNOME 3.17 development cycle, the
3.17.2 release.
Don’t miss the Bastien blog post about some cool stuff new on this release [1]

To build GNOME 3.17.2, you can use the jhbuild [1] modulesets [2]
(which …

GNOME Foundation: 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

* …

GNOME Foundation: 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 memb…

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Ryan Lortie


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

I am currently affiliated with Canonical where I a…

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Shaun McCance

Name: Shaun McCance
Email: shaunm< at >
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 ens…

GNOME Foundation: Board of Directors Elections 2015 – Candidacy – Jeff Fortin Tam

Name: Jean-François Fortin Tam
Email: nekohayo at gmail
Affiliation: unaffiliated

Hi everybody,

I am offering my candidacy to serve on the Foundation Board for a second

I have been involved in various areas of GNOME since 2004 or so,
including testing, triaging, marketing, mentoring, coding, public
speaking and advocacy, user interaction & UX design, etc. I am a
business developer and manager. Besides running my branding & management
consulting company, I have been serving you as president of the board
since last year. A report on activities accomplished during that time
can be found here:

With the experience gained throughout the years, I hope to continue
serving GNOME to the best of my abilities.

You can learn more about me on my personal website above.

Thank you for your consideration,
Jean-François "Jeff" Fortin Tam
foundation-announce mailing list
foundation-announce< at >

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of April, 30th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, April 30th, 2015, 18:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on May 15th, 2015 at 16:00 UTC

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

GNOME Foundation: Re: Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015

2015-05-04 2:31 GMT+02:00 Andrea Veri <av< at >>:

I updated all the references on the website and forgot
this one. Mailing elections< at > is NOT required anymore, so
please just send your candidacy …

GNOME Foundation: Announcing Board of Directors Elections 2015

Dear Foundation Members,

The GNOME Foundation Membership and Elections Committee are pleased to
announce the upcoming elections for the Board of Directors in Spring

The most important deadlines (UTC) in the timeline are the following:

Development: GNOME 3.17.1 released


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 re…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of April, 04th, 2015

= Minutes for Friday, April 10th, 2015, 17:00 UTC =

Next meeting due on April 30th, 2015 at 17:00 UTC

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

== R…