Development: GNOME 3.13.90 beta tarballs due (and more)

Hello all,

We would like to inform you about the following:
* GNOME 3.13.90 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


GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of July 30th, 2014

= Minutes for Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, 10:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==

* Friday, August 15th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

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

GNOME: Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia during the 2nd quarter of 2015.

The GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong Seoul and Beijing respectively over the last seven years. The Summit’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to we spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our website:

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org . The deadline for the proposals is September 1, 2014. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the third week of September, 2014.

The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2015 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may have conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:

  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.

  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.

  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorship’s

Please refer to the official web site of GNOME.Asia [1]. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list [2], howtos [3] and the winning proposal for 2012 [4] when putting together a proposal.

You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org if you have any questions.

Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

GNOME.Asia Committee





GNOME: GUADEC 2014, In Pictures

GUADEC 2014 ended last week, and we’ve put together a gallery of images from the conference. Thanks again to the conference organisers, as well as all our sponsors, for making this fantastic event possible.

Many thanks to Garrett LeSage, Jakub Steiner, Hylke Bons and Allan Day for the photos.

Andrea Casillas ends her talk, "Patents and copyright and trademarks… Oh, why!?" (Photo by Allan Day.)
Jim Hall delivers his keynote on the first day: "Usability Themes in GNOME". (Photo by Allan Day.)
Lapo Calamandrei and Benjamin Otte talk CSS on the steps to the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Wayland hacking at the cafeteria. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Attendees talk and hack on the venue steps. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Nathan Willis gives his keynote, "Should We Teach The Robot To Kill?" (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Christian Hergert. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Scott Reeves. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jeff Fortin. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Allan Day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jasper St. Pierre
Matthias Clasen gives his talk, "GTK+, dialogs, the HIG and you"
Jan-Christoph Borchardt gives his talk, "Open Source Design – how we do it in ownCloud"
Attendees after the second conference day. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Javier Jardón at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Cosimo Cecchi at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Christian Hergert at the football and picnic social. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Council of Europe. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Football in the park. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
St. Paul's Church. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Benjamin Otte gives his talk: "GTK+ and CSS". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Attendees gather outside the conference venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Yosef Or Boczko. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Lubosz Sarnecki at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Olav Vitters and Shivani Poddar at the park. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Emmanuelle Bassi and the football and picnic event. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Sri Ramkrishna at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Fabiana Simões and Bastian Hougaard at the football and picnic event. (Photo by Allan Day.)
Attendees listen to a talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Lasse Schuirmann gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Attendees talk outside the venue. (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Jasper St. Pierre gives his talk on "GNOME and Wayland". (Photo by Jakub Steiner.)
Zeeshan Ali gives his talk, "Boxes: all packed & ready to go?". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Lapo "The Icon Machine" Calamandrei. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Shivani Poddar gives her lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Anuj Khare gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Parin Porecha gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Marcos Chavarria Teijeiro gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Arnel A. Borja gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Sai Suman Prayaga gives his lightning talk. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Karen Sandler gives her talk: "Lessons learned as GNOME Executive Director". (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Mark Simpson shoots at Le Snooker . (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Robert Bragg at Le Snooker. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Allan Day at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Javier Jardón at Le Snooker. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Owen Taylor gives his talk, "Continuous integration performance testing on actual hardware". (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Lionel Landwerlin presents "Flow based programming in the GNOME environment". (Photo by Garret LeSage.)
Ekaterina Gerasimova and Julita Inca Chiroque give out a prize at the end of the lightning talks. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Volunteers gather on stage for the conference closing. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Andreas Nilsson shows the location of GUADEC 2015. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Rain in Strasbourg. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Federico Mena Quintero at the crypto and privacy BoF. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Strasbourg Cathedral. (Photo by Garrett LeSage.)
Attendees walk into the sunset. (Photo by Garrett Le Sage.)
Bastian Hougaard at the Engagement Team BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Andreas Nilsson at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)
Fabiana Simões takes the whiteboard at the Engagement BoF. (Photo by Hylke Bons.)

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of July 25th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 25th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==

 * Wednesday, July 30th, 2014 at 09:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Sriram Ramkrishna
 * Tobias Mueller 
 * Emmanuele Bassi (outgoing board)
 * Andreas Nilsson (outgoing board)
 * Andrea Veri (afternoon)

=== Regrets ===
 * Karen Sandler
 * Joanmarie Diggs (outgoing board)

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Documenting our board decisions/measures wrt finances
  * Documented on the wiki: if a budget is 4 weeks late, expenses should be frozen; non-essential spending is currently frozen, although some exceptions have been made

 * Financial plans and ideas for the remainder of 2014 and til Q2 2015
  * Missing invoice payments

 * Pants award

 * Groupon

 * Visa reimbursement policy
  * The board voted to reimburse for a rejected visa which triggered a discussion
  * Suggestion to modify policy text
  * Board can make exceptions for items which are normally not sponsored ( for a list of those items)
  * '''ACTION''': Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now.
  * '''ACTION''': Jeff will lead the efforts with interesting parties to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting 

 * Friends of GNOME - perks
  * Do we want to buy 25 new LWN tokens?
   * +1: Kat, Tobi, Jeff, Marina, Andrea (Sri missing)
   * Rosanna will buy tokens
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
   * '''ACTION''': Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription

 * Receiving Donations in the EU via the WHS
  * Tobi sent around a new draft to the board
  * Tobi also sent it to the WHS and waits for feedback

 * Preparing for the GUADEC AGM (reports session & open floor): Andreas Nilsson to chair the sessions

 * GUADEC 2015
   * We probably need to be more flexible with the date as the venue is being renovated
   * Discuss the availability of a venue and any other issues with the Gothenburg organization team

To be discussed on Wednesday morning at GUADEC:
 * Outstanding brand use requests (ex: Julio Cesar Caraça's mail sent to licensing< at > on 7 Jul 2014 20:05:14 -0700, titled: "Sharing an idea...")
 * Taking pictures for the Foundation's Web site
 * OPW - next round and beyond (on July 30, when Karen is there)

== Discussed on the mailing list ==
 * renewal

== Completed Actions ==
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget (obsolete)
 * Kat to contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from Carol Hanson
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about visa fees reimbursements (partially complete; obsolete)
 * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting (obsolete from 3.12)
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the advisory board list for the upcoming meeting on the 30th at GUADEC
   * Kat to book a restaurant for advisory board meeting

== Pending action items ==
 * Andrea to improve board's docs about what a Board member should know before participating to board's decisions and discussions
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should disclose to the community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Jeff to lead the efforts with parties that are interested in sponsorship to prepare a new text hopefully for the next meeting
 * Jeff to send the agenda to the adboard
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy for GNOME 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
 * Marina will shuffle around some paragraphs to make it look nicer now
 * Marina check with engagement team about re-sharing GNOME-related job offers from adboard members
 * 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
 * Tobi will mention that we pay for lwn codes when sending the offer to donors
 * Tobi will implement that "no gift" on the FoG page also means no LWN subscription
 * 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 
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)

Development: changes and new doap file requirements

 [ Please reply to desktop-devel-list< at > ]

André Klapper suggested we should make more use of the doap files. As a
result of that together with GUADEC, the following changes have been
made on

1. New categories: Core, Core Apps, Apps
   Note: Not every module has been put into right category. If you spot
   errors, please let release-team< at > know. I'm planning to add
   some cross checks in the release team scripts to ensure everything
   is and stays aligned.

2. "Owner" field shows programming language
   This is taken from the programming-language field in the doap file.
   You can specify multiple programming languages. Piotr Drąg and André
   Klapper ensured that most Core/Core Apps/Apps modules have these
   fields. This should make it easier for someone to suggest a good up
   to date overview of modules to start off with.
   Note: Unfortunately cannot rename the "Owner field" into programming
   language ☹

3. Stats per week/month/quarter/year
   e.g. Matthias Clasen apparently does most gtk+ commits.

To ensure that the doap file can be used for more purposes, the
following additional fields are now mandatory for Core/Core Apps/Apps

- programming-language
- description

DOAP files are only checked when you change them. Changes are reflected
almost immediately.

For the full details behind these DOAP files, see:

Aside from above I also slightly changed the header
(e.g. shows RecentChanges+Schedule again). The Schedule is IMO quite

GNOME: GUADEC 2014 Core Days Finish


The main part of GUADEC 2014, the premier annual GNOME conference, has just ended in Strasbourg, France. The core days are made up of talks, keynote presentations, as well as the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting.

The GUADEC core days have been packed with exciting, interesting talks. There were presentations on important initiatives in GNOME, such as Wayland and continuous performance testing. GTK+ had a strong presence, with talks on GTK+ dialogs, CSS, and the GTK+ Scene Graph Toolkit. There was also a whole day of talks on GTK+ applications.

The final core day ended with an enthusiastic lightning talk session (these are short, five minute talks on a subject of the presenter’s choosing), followed by a conference closing which included a standing ovation for the local organising team. The final day also included the third GUADEC keynote, delivered by Matthew Garrett, on the future of the desktop.

GUADEC would not be complete without social events, of course, and this year’s event was no exception. Highlights included a a snooker and pool evening and the regular GUADEC football match, which was followed by a picnic.

Another regular feature of GUADEC is the annual pants award, where one individual is picked out for their special efforts over the year. This year, that award went to Alexandre Franke, who was the brains behind this year’s GUADEC, and who also works to coordinate GNOME’s presence at FOSDEM.

GUADEC has been fantastic, as usual. There have been a lot of important, exciting discussions and talks, and the conference has been an opportunity to make important plans for the future. Though the core days are now over, the GNOME community will be busy in Strasbourg for three more days, as the schedule switches to working sessions (known as BoFs, or Birds of a Feather sessions).

Many thanks to the sponsors of this year’s GUADEC: Google, Red Hat, Igalia, SUSE, Ubuntu, Seafile,, and GitCafe. This wonderful event would not have been possible without your help.

Development: GUADEC conference

Hello all,

For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official
module lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please se…

GNOME: Interview with Jim Hall, GUADEC Keynote Speaker


The curtains are up on GUADEC 2014, and the first keynote was delivered by Jim Hall. Jim is the Director of Information Technology at Morris, University of Minnesota, and he presented his work on usability in GNOME. We took some time to talk to Jim about his keynote and about his research on GNOME.

Nowadays many designers are interested in user experience rather than usability. Do you believe that usability alone is still relevant?

Usability and user experience are related, but different. Usability is about getting something done; user experience is about the user’s emotional impression. Lots of things can affect the emotional experience of a graphical desktop like GNOME. Colors, fonts, location of elements, and window decorations are just some of the things that can influence how a person feels about using GNOME. That’s the user experience.

Usability focuses on the user. The general rule about usability is that people use programs to be productive, and they are busy people who are trying to get things done. Through usability testing, the user decides when a product is easy to use. Because if a program is hard to use, no one will want to use it. And if they don’t use the software, then they won’t have an emotional experience about it.

So I believe that usability and user experience go hand-in-hand. Programs need to be pleasant (user experience) but people need to be able to use them, too (usability).

In your experience, what are the biggest difficulties you can incur in arranging an user testing?

It is critical to plan a usability test around the users. Who are the users? Do you only expect programmers to use it, or is it intended for a general audience? With GNOME, that means everyone, so any usability test of GNOME must be designed for “general users with average knowledge.”

The next step is to decide what tasks those users need to do in GNOME. What are these general users trying to get done? In this usability test, we wanted to focus on new design patterns, but we first had to work out a set of tasks that real people would probably do: manage some folders and files, browse the web, take some notes, and so on.

Once you figure out what the usability test should cover, the hardest part is to make sure the tasks are realistic. You want each task to be something a real person would probably do in GNOME. But avoid using words or terms that actually appear in the program. That would only test if the user can match your task description to a menu item. Instead, you want to describe things using general terms. For example: when I asked testers to increase the font size on a website, I didn’t use the word “font.” Instead, the task was:

“You don’t have your glasses with you, so it’s hard to read the text on the website. Please make the text bigger on the website.”

You have done a lot of work on improving usability in GNOME: what was the hardest issue you found and the biggest satisfaction you have got?

I was really glad to see Allan and the other GNOME folks create entries in the GNOME Bugzilla. It’s really satisfying to see GNOME developers taking usability seriously.

In doing the usability test, it is hard to watch someone struggle to complete a task. You can’t give hints; you almost have to sit on your hands to keep from saying “the menu item you’re looking for is right there.” You must let the tester explore for themselves, in order to understand how users interact with your program.

I was surprised by some of the test results. For example: installing a program using Software. When testers searched for the program (“Robots”) they got a list of programs that matched the search, and a convenient “Install” button they could click. But if they navigated through the categories to find the program, the “Install” button was in the upper-right corner, and users didn’t see it. Instead, they clicked on the link to visit the program’s website, which got them totally off track. So testers either completed this task very easily, or they were not able to do it at all.

What do you expect from this GUADEC?

This is my first time at GUADEC, so I really don’t know what to expect. I have attended other similar conferences, so I expect to meet lots of interesting people. I am a very friendly person, so if you see me, please do say hi.

While I’ve visited other countries, this is my first trip to France. Unfortunately, I don’t have any French, so I am hoping someone will help help keep me from getting lost. I also speak conversational Spanish and a little bit of Klingon, but neither will help me in France. :-)

Can you give us a quick introduction to your GUADEC keynote?

My keynote will be a summary of my usability research with GNOME. This is based on my Master’s capstone project, which you can download from my blog: “Usability Themes in Open Source Software.”

The presentation walks through the usability test of GNOME. I think folks will be very interested in the “heat map” of the usability test, which shows how testers fared in the test. It’s a new way to share results of a usability test, and I think it helps to make issues more clear.

I will wrap up with a discussion of five themes from this usability test: how GNOME developers can extend this usability test to help them with other GNOME programs.

Many thanks to Jim for all his work, and for his excellent keynote presentation.

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of July 18th, 2014

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 18th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
* Tuesday, July 25th, 2014, all day at GUADEC

== Attending ==
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Rosanna Yuen
* Marina Zhurakhinskaya
* Andrea Veri
* Jeff Fortin
* Karen Sandler
* S…

GNOME: First day of GUADEC 2014 wraps up in Strasbourg, France


The first day of this year’s GUADEC conference has wrapped up in Strasbourg, France. As usual, there were lots of fond reunions for long-standing contributors, as well as new faces who got their first chance to meet fellow GNOME contributors face-to-face.

In the morning, Jim Hall gave a well-received keynote on his user testing work on GNOME. Jim has been working closely with the GNOME Design Team, and has been helping to identify usability issues in GNOME’s applications. His presentation described his testing methodology, and presented the results of his tests. There was a positive response to Jim’s talk, and plans are already underway to resolve the issues he found for the next GNOME release, version 3.14.

The schedule also included a range of talks, covering both developments in GNOME, as well as more general issues in Free Software. There were presentations on GNOME’s geolocation framework, the new GObject to SQLite Data Mapper, and GStreamer. There were also talks on ownCloud design, women’s participation in technology, intellectual property, and Free Software business models.

The day ended with the first part of the GNOME Foundation Annual General Meeting. Representatives from each of GNOME’s teams gave a summary of their work over the past year, including accessibility, documentation, design, engagement, the Release Team, system administration, outreach, and GNOME.Asia.

Tomorrow there will be more talks, another keynote, and lightning talks from GNOME’s interns.

GNOME: GUADEC starts today!

GUADEC, the main GNOME conference, is about to start in Strasbourg, located in the eastern part of France. It will gather users, developers, governments and businesses to talk about the status and future of the GNOME project between the July 25 and August 1.

“More than 10 years after the first GUADEC in Paris, the French GNOME community is very proud and excited to host GUADEC once again.”
Christophe Fergeau, member of the local organizing team


As always, the conference schedule features talks, hackfests, and social events for the attendees. Besides that, Matthew Garrett, Nathan Willis, and Jim Hall will deliver this year’s keynotes. They will discuss topics such as the place of free software in the automotive market, the future of the desktop, and usability aspects of GNOME. will be updated during GUADEC, sharing the highlights of the conference with those who couldn’t be there. You can also follow what’s happening via #guadec on Twitter and Google+. More information about GUADEC 2014 is available at the official GUADEC website, including the conference’s schedule.

The GNOME Foundation wishes everyone a great conference! And a huge thank you to the local organizing team for all the time and effort they put into making this year’s GUADEC happen!

Development: GNOME 3.13.4 released

Salut à tous!

Here the new GNOME release just in time for GUADEC, this time from Strasburg!!
Remember this is a development release, so go ahead and test it, break
it, send bug report and patches!

And of course enjoy GUADEC!

To compile GNOME 3.13.4, you can use the jhbuild[2] modulesets
published by the release team[3] (which use the exact tarball
versions from the official release).

The release notes that describe the changes between 3.13.3 and 3.13.4
are available. Go read them to learn what's new in this release:

core -
apps -

The GNOME 3.13.4 release itself is available here:

core sources -
apps sources -


This release is a snapshot of early development code. Although it is
buildable and usable, it is primarily intended for testing and hacking
purposes. GNOME uses odd minor version numbers to indicate development

For more information about 3.13, the full schedule, the official module
lists and the proposed module lists, please see our colorful 3.13 page:

For a quick overview of the GNOME schedule, please see:


GNOME: Alexandre Franke on GUADEC and Strasbourg

Every edition of GUADEC is organized by passionate contributors who work hard to welcome the GNOME community to their home town or country. They are part of what we call the Local Organizing Team, and they make sure GUADEC has a place and the structure needed to happen.

afranke_pontscouvertsThis year’s GUADEC is being organized by a team led by Alexandre Franke, who lives in Strasbourg. Alexandre is a GNOME Foundation member since 2010, and also a very active member of the GNOME community in France. He’s currently the coordinator of our French Translations Team, and the treasurer of the GNOME-FR group.

Alexandre has been leading the organization since 2012, when the bid for Strasbourg was accepted by the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. With GUADEC starting tomorrow, we took the chance to talk to him about the experience of organizing the conference in his hometown:

Why makes Strasbourg a great place for GUADEC?

Strasbourg is very active in the Free Software world, but GNOME is not very well represented here. By making the GNOME community come to Strasbourg, we have the opportunity to reach out to the local community and raise awareness of the project.

I also hope the institutional role of the city will inspire our attendees. With the European Court of Human Rights just around the corner, we’re dealing with Freedom on a different level than just software.

What is the the most exciting part of organizing GUADEC?

I was born and raised in Strasbourg and have been living in the area for 30 years. I’m a bit biased, but I think Strasbourg is the most beautiful city in the world. I’m really excited to have the GNOME community in my hometown, and to have these wonderful people discover it.

What is the most challenging part of organizing GUADEC?

We had a bad surprise five weeks before the event, when we learned we couldn’t have the venue we planned to have since 2012. It was a crisis that led to many sleepless nights, and a huge relief when Epitech told me they’d be happy to provide the venue for the event.

What is your favorite place in Strasbourg? Which places should we check out?

There are several museums in Strasbourg, all worth visiting. My favorite one is the Museum of Modern Art. I like to go there and sit for a while in front of the 54m² painting by Gustave Doré, “Le Christ quittant le prétoire“. Once I’m done visiting, I usually go to the café on the roof, where I can enjoy the most beautiful view of Strasbourg. And while you’re there, you can go for a walk in la Petite France!

You can also add those to your checklist:

  • Place de la République, in the Neustadt, built by the German Empire
  • The zoo at the Parc de l’Orangerie is the best spot to see the storks.
  • And, of course, the Cathedral.


Thanks for the tips, Alexandre! And, most of all, thanks so much for having the GNOME community in Strasbourg!

GNOME: Interview with Nathan Willis, GUADEC Keynote Speaker

GUADEC 2014 is almost upon us, and we are talking to the three keynote speakers who are lined up for this year’s conference. Nathan Wills – LWN editor, typeface designer and author – is one of these keynote speakers. His talk, titled Should We Teach The Robot To Kill, addresses issues relating to Free Software and the automative industry. We caught up with him to find out a bit more about this fascinating subject, as well as his views on Free Software conferences.

The automotive industry has been a latecomer to open source software. Why do you think that is?

I guess I think there are two reasons. The first is that automotive is highly, tightly “vertical” — carmakers have long-standing relationships with their manufacturers, suppliers, and vendors that involve multi-year contracts, and each car model takes years to go from design to implementation. I mean, it’s the prototypical assembly-line industry, after all. Thus, it takes quite some time to orchestrate a major change.

The other reason, though, it that it has only been recently that consumer electronics has become an important factor for carmakers. Now that smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous, not just accessories for people with disposable income, customers are asking for different things in their cars than they used to. A few years ago, your biggest concerns were DVD players in the rear seats, CDs in the front, and maybe some kind of remote-unlock/service-you-can-call. Now people want installable apps and they expect a full-blown 3G Internet connection; that means a very different software stack is expected than there used to be.

What is the most exciting improvement the automotive industry could bring to everyday life, in your opinion?

Okay; so this may sound nebulous, but I think one of the best things the automotive software market could do is demonstrate to people that software is just another component in all of the machines & things that we already use everyday. Because people have a different relationship to their cars than they do to, say, their phones and their netbooks. We change our own oil, we replace parts that wear out; we keep our cars for decades at a time and we learn every little thing about how they work (admittedly, it’s not always by choice…).

So automotive software will have to encompass part of that experience already. And, since so much of that software will be based on Linux and FOSS, I hope it will expose lots of new people to programming — as something that they can do if they decide they want to.

You attended the coolest worldwide conferences about open source. Which one has been the most exciting? (GUADEC apart, of course!)

Yikes…. It’s so hard to choose, because they’re all so different. I really love the “community” conferences like Texas Linux Fest, SCALE, and Ohio Linux Fest, because the attendees are so fired up. But I also really love developer conferences, because you get to see the connections being made and major things happening that just don’t occur in mailing-list discussions. On that side of things I would put conferences like GUADEC and the GStreamer Conference. But then I also have to single out Libre Graphics Meeting, which is a favorite of mine because it’s right in between: developers and users meeting with each other.

What do you expect from this GUADEC?

Mayhem of the highest order. But mixed in with talks showcasing interesting new work that I might unintentionally miss if I was just reading release announcements, a glimpse of where GNOME and GTK+ applications will be six months or a year from now, and, naturally, a lot of people enjoying geeking out (so to speak) about making and using software. Also hopefully some font talk….

What can we expect from your keynote at GUADEC?

Well, I hope people will come away with a clearer picture of where things stand today in the automotive Linux software realm — especially what the various projects’ goals are and what parts of the overall picture those goals cover. Then I also hope I can get people interested in participating in automotive software space, starting with where they can get involved today as a user and as a contributor.

And, finally, my ultimate goal would be to persuade some people that the free-software community can — and should — take up the challenge and view the car as a first-rate environment where free software belongs. Because there will naturally be lots of little gaps where the different corporate projects don’t quite have every angle covered. But we don’t have to wait for other giant companies to come along and finish the job. We can get involved now, and if we do, then the next generation of automotive software will be stronger for it, both in terms of features and in terms of free-software ideals.

Thanks Nathan! We can’t wait to hear your keynote.

GNOME Foundation: GUADEC 2014 registration is now open!

The GUADEC organization team is happy to announce the availability of the
registration form [1] for the upcoming GUADEC to be held in Strasbourg,
France at Epitech, a software engineer school in the heart of the city, is
glad to welcome our community a…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of July 1st, 2014


= Minutes for Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
* Friday, July 18th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Joanmarie Diggs (previous board)
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* …

GNOME Foundation: Additional Foundation Membership benefit: GANDI Discounts

Hello Foundation Members!

I’ve been in contact recently with the team [1] and they’ve
been so kind to offer our membership some great discounts on all their
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GNOME: GUADEC 2014: What to Expect

GUADEC, the GNOME Users and Developers European Conference, is the largest GNOME event of the year, drawing contributors from all over the world. This year’s conference is approaching, and will be held in Strasbourg, from July 26 to August 1.

GUADEC is an invaluable opportunity for contributors to share what they have been working on over the past year, and to have face-to-face working sessions and meetings. As usual, it will consist of four days of presentations, followed by three days of BoFs (“Birds of a Feather” sessions).

Strasbourg looks set to be an excellent location for this year’s event. The local area has a strong Free Software community and, as the home of the European Parliament and European Court of Human Rights, is a highly symbolic city. Strasbourg is also known for its beauty, culture and food. As one of this year’s conference organisers said, “it is a lovely city, and we hope that attendees will fall under its charm”.

The schedule for this year’s GUADEC has now been published, and gives an idea of what we can expect from the event. GTK+ and the GNOME application development platform are a major theme, with talks on GTK+, GStreamer, geoclue and Wayland. Application development will also be a focus for this year’s event, with talks about core apps, such as Documents, Photos, Web and Boxes, as well as other applications, including Pitivi, Corebird and SDAPS, a paper surveying tool.

A number of talks cover exciting new developments in the GNOME project. Ones to watch include Christian Hergert’s presentations on GOM and Builder, Alberto Ruiz on Fleet Commander and Emmunuelle Bassi’s talk on the GTK+ Scene Graph.

As usual, the GUADEC schedule also includes important non-technical talks, on subjects such as usability testing, documentation, outreach, intellectual property and funding models for open source projects.

More details about this year’s GUADEC, including key note speakers and social events, will be made in the coming days and weeks. Watch this space.


GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board meeting of June 17, 2014


= Minutes for Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
* Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
* Joanmarie Diggs
* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* Emmanuele Bassi