Vincent Untz | 4 Nov 11:32 2005

Beginning of the 2005 GNOME Foundation elections

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is proud to
announce the beginning of the 2005 elections for the Foundation's Board
of Directors. A description of the role of the Board can be found at

Who can vote?

To be able to vote, you need to be a member of the GNOME Foundation and
your membership needs to be valid at least until the end of the
elections. For example, a member whose membership ends on November 30th
2005 won't be able to vote for the elections.

If you're not a member of the GNOME Foundation or if you need to renew
your membership, you have to apply at before November
6th 2005 (23:59 UTC).

If you have applied before this date and if you are accepted, then you
will be able to vote for these elections.

Being a candidate

If you are a member of the GNOME Foundation and are interested in
running for election, you may nominate yourself by sending an e-mail to
foundation-announce <at> with your name, e-mail address, corporate
affiliation (if any), and a description of why you'd like to serve
before November 14th 2005 (23:59 UTC).

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Dave Neary | 4 Nov 13:12 2005

Candidacy: David Neary

I have very much enjoyed my year on the board, and I would like to 
continue working on aspects of the board's communication and reactivity.

I am also eager to continue and bring to completion work to generate 
revenue for the foundation through merchandising, and increased 
partnership with companies supporting GNOME.

For these two reasons, I'm seeking re-election as a board member.

Name: David Neary
Email: bolsh at gimp dot org
Affiliation: None


David Neary
bolsh <at>
Vincent Untz | 5 Nov 14:51 2005

Referendum reminder: don't forget to vote before tomorrow evening!

Hi all,

This is a reminder that you have until November 6th 23:59 UTC/18:59 EST
to send in your ballot for the Reducing Board Size referendum. This is

If you already voted, you can safely ignore this mail.

(all deadlines are 23:59 UTC/18:59 EST)

    November 2005
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        1  2  3  4  5
 (6)(7) 8  9 10 11 12   ballots must be returned (6th)
                        preliminary results announced (7th)
(13)14 15 16 17 18 19   challenges to the results close (11th)
 20 21 22 23 24 25 26
 27 28 29 30


For more information, please look at the referendum procedures at
If you have any questions, feel free to send them to
elections gnome org or to foundation-list gnome org 

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee
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Quim Gil | 5 Nov 06:20 2005

Candidacy: Quim Gil

*** First the administrativia:

If relevant, 'Quim Gil' in Catalan sounds like 'Kim Jill' in English.

E-mail address above

Corporate affiliation is interactors -


GNOME is technically ready for the general public. Does the general
public know this? Ask your neighbour. In order to make GNOME a
mainstream desktop we need to focus in the social aspects of software as
much as in the technical development. If the mountain doesn't go to
GNOME, GNOME goes to the mountain.

Actions recommended to be promoted by the board in which I possibly
could play a useful role: megawebsite, GUADEC & smaller
events, smartketing, strengthen our brand, extend The GNOME Experience
to proprietary desktops, start discussing seriously GNOME 3.0.

I'm going to be one of the GUADEC7 organisers, I will have time for
GNOME anyway. I think my profile can fit in the kind of tasks needed in
the board.

Long version

Sorry for the long telegram. Due to the concentration in GUADEC and the
MarketingTeam I'm completely unknown in most parts of GNOME and I've
felt the need to introduce my ideas and myself.
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Vincent Untz | 7 Nov 09:32 2005

Reducing Board Size Referendum - Preliminary results

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is pleased to
announce the preliminary results for the Reducing Board Size Referendum.

We strongly encourage everyone to look at the detailed results to verify
their vote.

These results can be challenged by sending an e-mail to
elections <at> The challenges have to be sent before Sunday,
November 13, 2005, 23:59 UTC. Please note that these results should not
be considered final until any such challenges have been resolved.

The question was: "Should the board size be reduced from its current 11
directors to 7 directors?"

The results are:
        yes (117 votes)
        no (70 votes)

        blank votes: 1

If the results are not challenged, then there will be 7 slots to be
filled instead of 11 in the next elections.

Some figures about the votes: there were 354 registered voters. 188
of them voted.

The results can be found at

Detailed results can be found at
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Behdad Esfahbod | 12 Nov 07:57 2005

precandidacy: Behdad Esfahbod

Just a quick note that I place to send out candidacy mail later
this weekend.



"Commandment Three says Do Not Kill, Amendment Two says Blood Will Spill"
	-- Dan Bern, "New American Language"
Vincent Untz | 13 Nov 23:31 2005

Candidacy: Vincent Untz

Here's the usual required informations:

	Name: Vincent Untz
	Affiliation: INPG (Institut National Polytechnique de Grenoble)

So, this candidacy is a bit late. I'd like to explain why I've been
hesitating so long before explaining why I'm running.

There are three or four reasons for being late:

  * I was not sure I'm good for the job
    => I'm still not sure :-) But I can only know if I try. Maybe I'm
       wrong and I should not send this mail.

  * I'm in the elections committee and there currently is no
    documentation on how to prepare elections with the new system.
    And I'm concerned that being a candidate while being in the
    committee can be a problem.
    => I don't think I should leave the committee in a rush. However, I
       won't be the one organizing the elections. I'll stay to explain
       and help if necessary. I'll leave the committee in a few weeks,
       once everything is running well and documented.
    => I'd like to have feedback on this. Do you think I should leave
       the committee now? Do you think I should stay involved in
       organizing the elections?

  * my English can be bad, especially when speaking
    => oh well, who cares? :-)

  * probably some other reason I already forgot.
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Candidacy statement - Christian Schaller

I want to announce my candidacy for reelection to the GNOME board.

Name: Christian Schaller
Affiliation: Fluendo S.L.

I have been a long term member of the GNOME community and this last year
also served on the board. I am also an employee of Fluendo S.L., a
company doing products and consulting around the GStreamer framework.

If I get re-elected to the board I want to continue making it platform
for talking to other open source groups and companies, pulling them
closer to GNOME and eventually increase our corporate membership.

My administrative policy is one of letting people take their ideas and
run with them. Which means I would am not hesitant to allow people who
wants to do something for GNOME or wants to attempt something on behalf
of GNOME to do so, giving them the endorsements they need from the board
to fulfill their task.  I am also not hesitant to make hard decisions,
no matter how short term painful they might be.

Christian Schaller
Jonathan Blandford | 14 Nov 06:35 2005

Candidacy statement

I, Jonathan Blandford, am announcing my candidacy for reelection to the
GNOME board.

Name: Jonathan Blandford
Affiliation: Fedora, Red Hat, Inc.

I am a long-time member of the GNOME community.  I am also an employee
of Red Hat, run a desktop team there, and have been active on the Board
for the past four years.  I know what being on the board entails, and
will bring continuity for the next board.  Most importantly, I have the
time to be an effective board member.

In previous years, I have run on a platform of fiscal responsibility. 
However, counting on advisory fees and GUADEC sponsorships as the sole
source of funding for the GNOME foundation is not enough.  There are a
lot of people interested in the success of a free desktop; we need to
actively seek them out instead of waiting for them to look our way.  We
should find projects that we can sponsor, and actively seek resources
for them.

GNOME is an important project -- we need to be ambitious in creating our

Thank you for your consideration,

foundation-announce mailing list
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Vincent Untz | 14 Nov 19:13 2005

Reducing Board Size Referendum results are now official

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is pleased to
announce that the results for the reducing board size referendum are now
official. There will be 7 slots to be filled in all future GNOME
Foundation elections, instead of 11 previously.

The rules for the 2005 elections have been updated accordingly.

No challenge has been sent to the Committee since the preliminary

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee