GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of October, 20th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, October 20th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, October 27th, 2015, 19:00 UTC

== Attending ==

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

== Regrets ==

* Ekaterina Gerasimova
* …

GNOME Foundation: Special Board Meeting about conference sponsorship levels, October13th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, October 13th, 2015, 15:00 UTC =

Special meeting to discuss conference sponsorship levels with GUADEC 
and GNOME.Asia organizing teams.

== Attending ==
 * Board
  * Allan
  * Jeff
  * Kat
  * Shaun

 * GUADEC team
  * Markus
  * Benjamin
  * Tobi

 * GNOME.Asia team
  * Max
  * BinLi
  * Emily
  * Shobha

== Regrets ==

 * Cosimo
 * Andrea

== Shaun's notes on sponsorship levels ==

Here's the last two years of sponsorship levels at GUADEC and
GNOME.Asia, along with the sponsors at those levels:

 * GUADEC 2014
  * Platinum Level: 20000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 13000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google)
  * Silver level: 6500 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 1300 USD
   * 4 sponsors (Ubuntu, Seafile,, Gitcafe)
  * Supporter level: N/A

 * GUADEC 2015
  * Platinum Level: 15000 EUR
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 10000 EUR
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, Google)
  * Silver level: 5000 EUR
   * 2 sponsors (Igalia, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 2500 EUR 
   * 3 sponsors (GitCafe, Seafile, Ubuntu)
  * Supporter level: 1000 EUR
   * 3 sponsors (ownCloud, Codethink, Endocode)

 * GNOME Asia 2014
  * Platinum Level: 12000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 9000 USD
   * 1 sponsor (Google)
  * Silver level: 5000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Red Hat, SUSE)
  * Bronze level: 2500 USD
   * 2 sponsors (Firefox, Tencent)

 * GNOME Asia 2015
  * Platinum Level: 12000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Gold Level: 9000 USD
   * No sponsors for this sponsorship level
  * Silver level: 5000 USD
   * 2 sponsors (openSUSE, Telkomindonesia)
  * Bronze level: 2500 USD
   * 1 sponsor (Kominfo)

GUADEC 2015 was listed in euros instead of dollars. By today's rates, 
the €15000 platinum level is in the ballpark of $17000.

As you can see, nobody comes in at the platinum level for either 
conference. Google and Red Hat have consistently done gold for GUADEC, 
but are spottier for GNOME.Asia.

The Karlsruhe bid is counting on €32000 in sponsorship. If we price 
exactly as in 2015, and if Google and Red Hat come in at the gold 
level, and if Igalia and SuSE come in at bronze again, and if we 
manage at least one bronze, we're good.

In dollars, but in the ballpark of GUADEC 2015:

 * Platinum, $17000
 * Gold, $12000
 * Silver, $ 7000

That gives a nice $5000 delta between each. If we keep GNOME.Asia 
levels the same as the last two years:

  * Platinum, $17000
  * Gold, $12000
  * Silver, $7000

 * Asia
  * Platinum, $12000
  * Gold, $9000
  * Silver, $5000

 * Both
  * Platinum, $29000
  * Gold, $21000
  * Silver, $12000

Now the question is, how much of a discount do we give for doing both 
at once? 10% rounded to 1000s?

  * Platinum, $17000
  * Gold, $12000
  * Silver, $7000

 * Asia
  * Platinum, $12000
  * Gold, $9000
  * Silver, $5000

 * Both
  * Platinum, $29000 - $3000 = $26000
  * Gold, $21000 - $2000 = $19000
  * Silver, $12000 - $1000 = $11000

Is that even worthwhile? Higher discount? I don't know. I've never 
done multi-event discounts before.

As for bronze, set it at some arbitrary low level, and I wouldn't 
bother offering a combined rate for it.

== Minutes ==

 * GNOME.Asia update from Max:
  * New Delhi is the venue
  * April 21st to 24th 2016
 * Budget and sponsorship:
  * No GUADEC platinum sponsor in the last years
  * No GNOME.Asia platinum sponsor in the last year
  * Number of sponsors have increased since we reduced the sponsorship level
  * Increasing number of Chinese sponsors for GNOME.Asia
  * Previously we have given a small discount for combined sponsorships. We could consider giving a larger discount. We haven't given a discount for bronze level in the past.
  * We are likely to make a small profit on each conference
  * It is difficult to get historical data for sponsorship prior to 2013
   * Some is available at
  * Generally companies use round numbers
  * Time scales for getting sponsorship vary by company, but there is pressure to secure sooner rather than later as budgets are set October/November time
  * Main question is whether local teams are willing to give up some dedicated income in order to promote joint sponsorship
  * We could drop the price of each sponsorship level, such as $15,000 for platinum for GUADEC and $10,000 for GNOME.Asia - we haven't had platinum sponsors for a while, and lowering the bands would give more options lower down the scale (possibly encouraging more sponsors)
  * Possibilities for local sponors for GNOME.Asia 2016? Unclear
  * We should speak to Ad Board members about the possibility of co-sponsorship
  * There might be possibilities for local GUADEC sponsorship, but it is still uncertain
   * Smaller contributions are more likely
  * Max - difficulty selling GNOME to potential sponsors (cites Korea example). Need to offer other benefits? Could offer talk slots? Sponsors may ask for information about attendees, such as email addresses. This has not been done for privacy reasons, but is not unusual in Asia.
  * General feeling from the GUADEC team is that the discount for combined sponsorship is too low. Could be something more like 20%.
  * The risk with increasing the discount - no companies jointly sponsor that wouldn't anyway.
  * Emily - it's a good idea to have a large discount for co-sponsorship. Could be used to bring GNOME.Asia sponsors to GUADEC.
  * Emily - GNOME.Asia has a rule that companies that sponsor for 3 years get a bonus of a higher sponsorship level.
  * Emily - community level sponsorship is good - there have been potential sponsors who haven't been able to afford bronze level in the past
  * GNOME.Asia team will have an IRC meeting next Tuesday, where they will discuss sponsorship
  * Annual reports are ready to be shipped - sponsorship brochure should be ready this week or early next week at the latest
  * Both local teams are happy to readjust the sponsorship levels and to offer an increased discount for cosponsorship
  * ACTION: Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
  * ACTION: Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment

== New action items ==

  * Allan to take the sponsorship brochure forward, through the Engagement Team
  * Allan to make the board should finalise the sponsorship levels and joint sponsorship discount, and email the organising teams for comment

Drupal 8.0.0 will be released on November 19, 2015

Based on our experience with our successful release candidates, we are confident to announce that Drupal 8.0.0 will be released on November 19, 2015! Until then, we will continue publishing Drupal 8 release candidates with the latest fixes. See the first release candidate announcement for more details on the release candidate phase, or download the latest release candidate (RC2) for a preview of the release.

Port your modules/themes and update translations

There is not a lot of time left if you are looking to have your module, theme or translation ready for the big day! Read more about porting your modules and themes and contributing to translations.

Preparing for release promotion

We are working on both the release announcement and the press release in English. However we do need volunteers to help translate it to their language. The final translations will be posted on at time of release.

If you can help promote the release on Twitter on November 19th and 20th in your respective time zones, Paul Johnson is looking for you. When tweeting about Drupal 8, be sure to use the hashtag #drupal8.

Parties around the globe!

We also need you to throw a party! Organize a local meetup on the week (or even better the exact date) with sweets, sessions, shirts, stickers or whatever fits to spice it up. Make sure to let the community know, so it shows up on the world map on We also suggest you follow @celebr8d8 and promote your party and share your party stories with #celebr8d8.

Finally, thanks to the nearly 3,300 people who contributed to the codebase of Drupal 8 as well as hundreds of others who organized events, conducted usability tests, mentored contributors, found sponsors, etc.—in short did all the awesome things that made Drupal 8 happen. Now, let’s go make something amazing, for anyone!

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Community Spotlight: Veronica Vedia (veronicanerak)

Veronica Vedia Profile PictureVeronica Vedia (veronicanerak) organized Women in Drupal at DrupalCamp Bolivia in 2014 alongside Karen Da Cruz and several other women. Veronica shared the story of how she went from anonymous Drupaler to community evangelist over email with the Drupal Association. Parts of this Community Spotlight have been transcribed from a article that Veronica wrote on her experience coordinating Women in Drupal.

I started using Drupal approximately 4 years ago. At the time, I worked in front-end, and I did my work in multiple different languages and frameworks, like PHP, C#, and Microsoft’s .NET. I really enjoyed working in front-end, but wanted to get more specialized. At one point, a coworker told me about Drupal roles, and the idea of becoming a dedicated “themer” caught my attention. I decided to study Drupal on my own so I could leave that company and find another employer where I could work in Drupal as a themer.

I didn’t become very active in my local community until after Drupal Picchu in 2014 in Cusco, Peru. Before that, I had been a relatively passive participant in the Bolivian Drupal community. But when I heard about Drupal Picchu, I knew I had to go. I admit, the chance to travel to Machu Picchu was my main motivation, but I also knew that attending the Drupal workshops and talks would be very valuable.

When I got to Drupal Picchu, I was amazed at how many passionate people were at the event. There were people with so much experience and talent sharing knowledge from basic to advanced. It really caught my attention how so many people were generously sharing knowledge that they put so much effort into learning. It was a really encouraging experience for me.

The event’s keynote was on Women in Drupal, and was led by Karen Da Cruz, Nancy Contreras, Molly Byrnes, and Holly Ross, all of whom are very inspiring women in the industry. I found their stories very motivating, and wound up talking to Karen afterward. I told her, “I want to do the same thing in my country that you have done here.” So I got together with several other women in my local community, and together we made the Women in Drupal group a reality at DrupalCamp Bolivia 2014 several months later.

At DrupalCamp Bolivia, Karen and I gave a “Women in Drupal in Bolivia” workshop where we taught several women Drupal. The goal was to motivate everyone (but especially girls and women) who are learning Drupal. The workshop was a success and it was amazing how enthusiastic all of our attendees are. It wouldn’t have been possible without all the amazing women who came out to help us conduct the workshop and replicate the Drupal Picchu keynote on Women in Drupal. It was really fun to participate in both the workshop and the the keynote, and I had a great time speaking about my own experiences alongside Nancy Contreras (Peru), Karen (Peru), and Mariana Graf (Brazil).

Organizing an activity like Women in Drupal in Bolivia was really intimidating at first. I was worried that there might not be attendees, or that our activities wouldn’t be well received. But everyone was so encouraging and helped me realize that the important thing is the desire to share knowledge — it’s normal to feel fear, and it’s worth overcoming it in the end. Without help from Karen, Freddy Cahuas, and the other DrupalCamp Bolivia organizers, I wouldn’t have succeeded. It also made me realize that one day, you’re new to the community, and the next day, you’re daring to try something new for the community. It becomes a chain where everyone helps each other and the community grows, and I think it’s really powerful how it breaks across the boundaries of languages and cultures and brings us closer to each other.

In the future, I hope to help grow the community and the “Women in Drupal” events. I want to motivate many other girls and women to learn Drupal. It’s a world of endless opportunities and possibilities! To make this happen, I am always looking for help from the community. If anyone has examples of activities that I could share to help boost, improve, and motivate my local community group, I would love to hear from you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to participate and encourage each other to be part of this big family called “Drupal”!

Perk delivery for the fundraiser

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Important Security Announcement – Patch Available Soon

Security Announcement

A Joomla 3.4.5 release containing a security fix will be published on Thursday 22nd October at approximately 14:00 UTC

The Joomla Security Strike Team (JSST) has been informed of a critical security issue in the Joomla core.

Since this is a very important security fix, please be prepared to update your Joomla installations next Thursday.

Until the release is out, please understand that we cannot provide any further information.

Development: GNOME 3.18.1 released

Hi all!

Here comes our first update to GNOME 3.18, it has many fixes (several
wayland related), various improvements, documentation and translation
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Drupal 7.40 released

Drupal 7.40, a maintenance release with numerous bug fixes (no security fixes) and several new features, is now available for download. See the Drupal 7.40 release notes for a full listing.

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GNOME: GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 to be held in Delhi, India

India Gate

The GNOME Asia team is pleased to announce that next year’s GNOME.Asia Summit will be held in Delhi, at the Manav Rachna International University (MRIU). This is located in the Faridabad distract just south of the National Capital Territory (New Delhi).

GNOME.Asia 2016 will be held between the 21st and 24th of April, and will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements in GNOME.

“We’re excited to bring GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 Summit to India, a country with a vast, diverse culture well as a growing IT-sector and a thriving Free Software Community.” – Shobha Tyagi, member of the local organizing team.

The GNOME Asia Committee wants to thank everyone who participated in the GNOME.Asia Summit 2016 bidding process and wish the 2016 organizing team best of luck with organizing a great conference.

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KDE Signs the User Data Manifesto 2.0

KDE, through its legal body KDE e.V., is one of the launch partners and initial signatories of the User Data Manifesto 2.0. The User Data Manifesto defines basic rights for people to control their own data in the internet age:

  • Control over user data access
  • Knowledge of how the data is stored
  • Freedom to choose a platform

KDE e.V. President Lydia Pintscher explains “I believe that in today’s world where more and more of our daily life depends on technology it is crucial that people have control over that technology. You should be empowered to know what your technology does and you should be empowered to influence it. This is at the core of Free Software. Unfortunately it is not at the core of most of the technology people interact with every day – quite the opposite – walled gardens and locks wherever you look with few exceptions.

“KDE is working hard to provide you with technology that you control every single day so you are empowered and the one ultimately in charge of your technology, data and life – the basis for freedom for many today. This is written down in the first sentence of our manifesto: “We are a community of technologists, designers, writers and advocates who work to ensure freedom for all people through our software.”

“Do you want to join us in providing more people with more access to Free technology? Today is a good day!

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KDE Ships Plasma 5.4.2, bugfix Release for October


Plasma 5.4

Plasma 5.4


Today KDE releases a bugfix update to Plasma 5, versioned 5.4.2.
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:

Full Plasma 5.4.2 changelog

Live Images

The easiest way to try it out is with a live image booted off a USB disk. You can find a list of Live Images with Plasma 5 on the KDE Community Wiki.

Package Downloads

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

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You can install Plasma 5 directly from source. KDE’s community wiki has instructions to compile it. Note that Plasma 5 does not co-install with Plasma 4, you will need to uninstall older versions or install into a separate prefix.


You can give us feedback and get updates on Facebook or Twitter or Google+.

Discuss Plasma 5 on the KDE Forums Plasma 5 board.

You can provide feedback direct to the developers via the #Plasma IRC channel, Plasma-devel mailing list or report issues via bugzilla. If you like what the team is doing, please let them know!

Your feedback is greatly appreciated.

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GNOME Foundation: Minutes of the Board Meeting of September, 22th, 2015

= Minutes for Tuesday, September 22th, 2015, 19:00 UTC =

Next meeting date Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 19:00UTC

== Attending ==

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