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

= Minutes for Tuesday, September 15th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, September ??th, 2015, 19:00UTC

== Attending ==

* Shaun McCance
* Rosanna Yuen
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Christian Hergert
* Allan Day
* Jeff F. T.

== Regrets ==

* E…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of September, 01st, 2015

= Minutes for Wednesday, September 1st, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, September 8th, 2015, 19:00UTC

== Attending ==

* Shaun !McCance
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Rosanna Yuen
* Christian Hergert
* Andrea Veri
* Ekaterina Gerasimova

== Re…

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OpenDungeons and FreeOrion updates plus ReTux

A couple of long standing open source game projects have received significant updates.

OpenDungeons, an open source dungeon management game, has seen release 0.6 make it out the door. Release highlights from the changelog:

  • New spell logic with cooldown, targets and cost management
  • Fancy new spells: Heal, Explosion and Haste
  • Particle effects!
  • Reworked library logic and made research order configurable
  • New creature overlays that show the creatures’ mood
  • Customisable creature sound effects!
  • Doors to better block enemies and macromanage allies
  • In-game settings menu support!
  • New claimed walls graphics and various other graphical improvements
  • New minimap camera with real-time rendering
  • Dedicated server support with command-line parameters

There’s plenty of screenshots in the announcement on the frontpage of the OpenDungeons website (but no direct link for the announcement, frustratingly).

Explosions! Spells! The research tree

The project has some very regular contributors (both programming and art) and the game has multiplayer support which the developers test with the occasional weekend virtual lan party. OpenDungeons has certainly gone from strength to strength in the last year.

FreeOrion version 0.4.5 (announcement with changelog) wraps up the last year’s worth of development. Much of the work seems to have been motivated by trying to make the game more fun to play — “performance, responsiveness, AI, balancing etc.” —which is nice to see. At some point a project has to stop pushing new features and work on improving the game experience.

I couldn’t find any screenshots of 0.4.5 to share, but here’s a recent gameplay video posted on YouTube which should give an idea, although he’s well into a game at this point:

Finally, and a little too late unfortunately, here’s some coverage of ReTux. At first glance, it would seem somebody has taken Super Tux and tried to profit off of it. However, author Julian Merchant (onpon4 on the FGD forums) has written a new engine from scratch in Python. Whilst there are the obvious similarities with the original Super Tux, due to ReTux using many of the same graphics and sounds, there are a number of notable gameplay changes many of which can be seen in the ‘Concept Castle’ video (I really think his IndieGoGo campaign should have used this video at the very beginning of it).

Julian only raised $378 in the 30 days the campaign lasted, which was very short of the $50,000 goal. Reasons for this will be likely poor coverage (no FG article!) but also probably the perception that it was basically the same as Super Tux. For example, the IGG page starts with a video which the first 2 minutes or so (aside from the change to the fireflower) could easily be recreated by substituting the Super Tux logo for ReTux.

I do think avoiding the more popular media sites (e.g. no YouTube video) hurt the campaign. I can find little-to-no mention of ReTux when searching for it.

It also highlights one of the problems with developing Free games i.e. generally there’s no money in it. Julian is obviously passionate about the concept, having done so much work on it already, and I hope he continues with it. As to where he goes from here? I would suggest perhaps trying to get it greenlit on Steam or another platform where he can solicit a small fee from players whilst still maintaining the open source status of the project – a great example being Tales of Maj’Eyal which is also selling well on Steam.

Don’t give up Julian. Persistence is the key to success with any endeavour. You just have to find the right path.

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Plasma 5.4

Plasma 5.4

Tuesday, 08 September 2015. Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.1. Plasma 5.4 was released in August with many feature refinements and new modules to complete the desktop experience.

This release adds a month’s worth of new translations and fixes from KDE’s contributors. The bugfixes are typically small but important and include:

  • Fixes for compilation with GCC 5
  • Autostart desktop files no longer saved to the wrong location
  • On Muon Make sure the install button has a size.

Full Plasma 5.4.1 changelog

Live Images

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Package Downloads

Distributions have created, or are in the process of creating, packages listed on our wiki page.

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GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of August, 26th, 2015

= Minutes for Wednesday, August 26th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, September 1st, 2015, 19:00UTC

== Attending ==

* Shaun McCance
* JF Fortin T.
* Allan Day
* Cosimo Cecchi
* Rosanna Yuen
* Christian Hergert
* Ekaterina Gerasim…

GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of August, 05th, 2015 (GUADEC)

= Minutes for Wednesday, August 05th, 2015, 10:00 CEST =

Next meeting date TBD

== Attending ==
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Allan Day
 * Andrea Veri

* Old board members attending:
 * Tobias Mueller

== Regrets ==
 * Cosimo Cecchi
 * Christian Hergert
 * Old board members:
  * Karen Sandler
  * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
  * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Missing ==

== Board meeting ==

 * Quick round of introduction for new and old members
  * Motivations and what they'd like to see happening this year
  * Tactical evaluation of everybody's capabilities and availability for board work (a.k.a. character profiles or "specializations & interests")

 * Introspection — what went well in 2014, what didn't, and understanding the constraints the board was dealing with beneath the surface
  * Kat: The first part of the year has been very busy for the whole Board with the Groupon's legal matter
  * Kat: In the ending part of the term a few members lost interest in Board's activities as they found a new job
  * An ED kept the advisory board members in touch with the GNOME Foundation and kept them engaged with GNOME's activities
  * ACTION: Jeff to get advisory board contact details from Karen. If this fails, we need to start developing our own contacts and record them on the wiki. (Once we have these, we need to discuss how to make use of them!)
  * ACTION: start doing quarterly advisory board meetings again.
  * ACTION: complete the 2014-15 annual report.
  * ACTION: ensure that we have an ambassadorial presence at key conferences. Remind Sri to do this at the conferences he attends. Review which  conferences we should be at; organise people to attend (Christian could help with this - need to identify other individuals).
  * ACTION: Shaun to get in contact with Emily to have an hand off of the GNOME box she still owns
  * An ED was also responsible of keeping the engagement / marketing team running
   * We should find concrete tasks contributors can take care of when on the team
   * The website needs a revamp, it's important on this side that whether we want to hire a web developer to do that we should come up with a clear design and a job description
   * We should make a list of conferences we would want to have a GNOME representative on
   * Shaun: The advisory-board list appears to be useless, we should make sure to *always* mail adboard members individually
   * Tobi mentions how the board could reinvent itself, ponders about meetings form and frequency

 * Preparing the GUADEC Advisory Board Meeting
   * Christian will be arriving in the afternoon only, so will be an afternoon only meeting.
   * Attendees: Christian Schaller at noon, Scott Reeves, current board (7), Rosanna, Tobi, Sri (?)
   * ACTION: book lunch for 12:30, somewhere closer to the center, inform Christian and Scott about our lunch plan and that we'll be back at the venue for 14:00 to start the meeting.
    * VOTE: invite two representatives from Pelagicore to the GUADEC Advisory Board meeting, to invite them to present their work and entice them about joining the adboard (or sponsoring events).
     * +1 Allan, Andrea, Kat, Jeff
   * ACTION: Jeff and Andrea to send out the phone numbers to adboard members dialling in

 * Policies to agree on (derived from the [[FoundationBoardPrivate/GUADEC/2009/Agenda|2009 agenda]])
  * What happens if someone goes M.I.A.? (get buy-in from everyone now before it's an issue)
    * ACTION: Jeff to check the bylaws, and if there isn't a written down rule there are probably state/fed default laws about that
  * What happens if there's no quorum for a decision:
    * A majority of of the board must be present (currently 4/7) to a meeting for the board to have voting power, and this number must remain true at the time of the voting
  * What do negative votes mean? What does silence mean?
    * Silence/abstaining means 0, as a person left the meeting at the time of the vote
    * A -1 is a vote against, but it doesn't "cancel out" a positive vote, so if there is a majority of positive votes it still passes
    * ACTION: update the wiki (DONE) -

 * Review all pending action items/tasks in
  * Discuss our preferred methodology and tooling going forward, get buy-in for whichever we choose
  * ACTION: Allan to make a proposal for a different way to use the wiki/etherpad for action items, instead of using kanboard

 * Getting GUADEC 2014 videos released
  * actually has some videos
  * Professional recording for multitrack 2-3 days is normally between 20-40k, way over budget
  * a couple of us ought to approach him about that during GUADEC

 * GUADEC 2016 - review current state of bidding, how to stimulate additional bids
  * No bids yet
  * Italy is a possible bid, Andrea is waiting for Flavia's updates on this side but the proposed budget (120k) seems prohibitive
  * Dublin could be a possibility, need to look into the potential of a free venue?
  * Need to make it more attractive for local organisers.
   * ACTION: name releases after GUADEC locations.
  * Possible places to chase:
      * Berlin - Endocode (Chris, etc), Alban, 
      * Prague - Andre Klapper, John Stowers, Florian Nadge, Janac(?)
      * Seville - contact the team
      * Madrid - contact the team - Allan to ask Florian
      * Athens - contact the local SUSE team there
      * French Conspiracy
        * Lyon - Allan to ask Bastien, Jeff to ask Mathieu Duponchelle 
& Thibault Saunier
        * Bordeaux - Jeff to ask Étienne
        * Montpellier - Jeff to ask Edward
      * Manchester - Allan to ask Javier and Sam
      * Hamburg - Lasse
      * Munich - RH has offices there
      * Somewhere in Kosovo - Shaun to inquire
      * Aarhus (Denmark)? - Kat to talk to Bastian
      * Amsterdam
      * Nurnberg - talk search to Scott tomorrow
  * Reuse the same location throughout the years?
    * Pro: Saves on efforts/increases experience of the local organizer team, allows doing a special deal with a free venue
    * Con: Turns it into a job/recurrent committment
  * Co-locate with another conference?
      * Libreoffice?
      * GStreamer/Linuxcon?
      * FOSDEM?
      * As a fallback plan.
  * ACTION: highly visible call for bids - Engagement Team to do this
  * ACTION: board members to contact local contacts (see list above)

 * Finances
  * Income down, but expenses down
  * Any ED would need to be able to pay for themselves; add ~100-150k to the foundation's annual income
  * Should we be encouraging people to attend hackfests & other such events? Yes, that's what the Foundation is for.
  * Review Friends of GNOME
    * Works great when running targetted campaigns, but that doesn't help with general funds/operating expenses
    * ACTION: Allan and Tobi to create a list of to do items for Friends of GNOME. Then we'll do something with them, right?
  * Employee compensation proposal for Rosanna:
   * New proposed salary: 52000 USD
   * One time bonus of 5000 USD
   * Make sure COLA adjustements are taken into account by future Boards, ideally have Rosanna remind next Boards to do that
   * The Board is fine with the following proposal, Rosanna will evaluate it and get back to the Board
    * Rosanna's response:
     * While Rosanna appreciates the salary adaptation to COLA, she feels her work has increased a lot in the past two years without the Foundation having an ED
     * A salary raise of 120 USD per year seems to be less than her expectations
     * She asks the Board whether it would be possible to evaluate a greater salary raise
     * She commits to have perfomance reviews in place
      * Should we wait for the performance review to happen before raising the salary?
       * If we do, that's surely going to take some time
       * We also don't have benchmarks in place for these
        * An idea would be to have Rosanna to mail board-list about her activities / accomplishments
       * Kat has offered to prepare a performance review with Rosanna for the end of August, subjected to Rosanna's ack
   * 20k USD to 48K USD salary increase in 2010 when Rosanna switched to a full time position (over 100% of salary rise)
   * While we would definitely want to increase her salary we have to cope with the planned budget for the year
    * The minimum salary increase is going to be 54600 USD
   * VOTE: COLA adjustements should happen immediately (52000 USD + 5000 USD one time bonus) and COLA adjustements to happen automatically for the next years when the SS will announce new values, performance based salary raise at the beginning of the next fiscal year (1st of October), performance review to happen during this week
    * +1 unanimous

 * Preparing the GUADEC Team Reports session & AGM (see to steal ideas)
  * Outgoing board member to introduce the new board and officers
  * President's opening, on crack
   * Achivements from the past year? Groupon, announce that we are officially recruiting an ED (hopefully), WHS agreement, balancing the books, high number of applicants for the board.
   * If it's your first GUADEC, please stand up. ? (Unless already done at the opening.)
  * Team reports (5 mins each, maximum): release (fred/matthias), a11y, bugsquad (andre), engagement (oliver), sysadmin (av), design (allan), i18n (Andre/Alexandre), docs (kat), friends of gnome (tobi), travel committee (kat/emily), membership committee (fabiana), outreach (lasse)
  * Finances
  * Board Q&A
  * Pants award (by the president)

 * Executive director hiring process - where are we, what next?
  * Job description -
  * Hiring Committee members:
      * Sriram Ramkrishna
      * Josh Triplett
      * Karen Sandler
      * Scott Reeves
      * Matthias Clasen
      * John Sullivan
      * Jonathan Blandford
  * One of the recent problems have been what the hiring committee will be able to broadcast with candidates or not (i.e salary)
  * Another problem that arised was whether having an european candidate is actually possible
   * Should we open an entity where the possible european ED lives?
   * The person should represent GNOME at the major FOSS conferences, many are in the EU

 * Filling in for the ED - how is this going, is there anything else we should be doing?
  * Update from Sri - hiring committee is assembled and looks good, job description is done, interview questions are ready.
  * We are close to being able to publicly announce the job.

 * Privacy money from 2013 campaign
  * Kat has assembled a team to set bounties
  * ACTION: Kat to follow up

 * Officers elections
  * President
   * Nominees for the position
    * Shaun, +1 unanimous
    * Jeff, +1 Kat, Andrea, Allan
    * Allan, +1 Christian, Cosimo, Shaun
    * Shaun is the new president of the GNOME Foundation Board

  * Secretary
   * Nominees for the position
    * Andrea, +1 Allan, Jeff, Allan, Christian, Cosimo, Shaun. Andrea abstains.
    * Andrea is confirmed as the Secretary of the GNOME Foundation Board

  * Treasurer
   * Nominees for the position
    * Kat, +1 unanimous
    * Kat is confirmed as the Treasurer of the GNOME Foundation Board

  * Vice-president
   * Nominees for the position
    * Christian, +1 unanimous
    * Allan, +1 Allan, Andrea, Shaun, Cosimo
    * Jeff, +1 Allan, Andrea, Cosimo
    * Christian is the new vice-president of the GNOME Foundation Board

 * Vice-secretary
  * Nominees for the position
   * Cosimo, +1 unanimous
   * Cosimo is the new vice-secretary of the GNOME Foundation Board

-------- deferred -------
  * European funds collection

 * Legalese galore (if time allows)
  * Trademarks galore
    * New standard trademark agreement for swag
      * Hellotux variant (with details filled in to sign)
    * Trademark request for the GNOME foot in a menu on a website
    * Trademark-infringing swag (mousepads)
    * New Ubuntu GNOME logotype
    * Registered mark vs TM symbol, and worldwide jurisdictions, oh my!
     * The question of international trademark registrations
    * Should we extend the trademarks to cover promotional goods?
  * Standardized contract for organizations for which we handle money

  * NDA for sysadmins

  * Photography policy

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * GNOME Summit 2015
  * Allan reached out to Colin for organizing the event in Boston
  * Colin confirmed the bookings for the venue, thanks to Walter Bender for the help on this!
  * The event will take place in Boston and will be hosted at MIT

 * New Ubuntu GNOME logo
  * The current logo is not compliant to the GNOME licensing guidelines as the GNOME foot is represented on its own
 * The Ubuntu GNOME Design team come up with a different logo which should address the issue
 * The Board is currently evaluating Ubuntu GNOME's proposal

== Completed actions ==
 * Sri to forward the HELLOTUX brand use agreement to Pam for a first review 
 * 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
 * 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 (obsolete)
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites (dropped)
 * 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

== Pending action items ==
 * Allan to make a proposal for a different way to use the wiki/etherpad for action items, instead of using kanboard
 * Jeff to get advisory board contact details from Karen. If this fails, we need to start developing our own contacts and record them on the wiki.
 *  Create a webpage for prior pants winners (Shaun and Allan)
 * Advisory Board meeting at GUADEC: Jeff to contact advisory board members by phone about joining the call on the 4th
 * Allan to follow up with Oliver Propst on Annual Report
 * Trademark-infringing swag (mousepads): Cosimo to follow up about possible future actions and send a proposal to the board
 * Cosimo 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 draft a proposal for a privacy policy for review
 * Kat to draft a contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
 * Kat to propose privacy bounty T&C/rules for review
 * Andrea to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Allan will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Cosimo to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Christian to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Sri to coordinate with engagement team to better standardize the licensing of GNOME artwork
 * Jeff to find existing fundraising brochure/proposal documents and come up with one for fundraising for a sysadmin