Emmanuele Bassi | 19 Jun 20:16 2012
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Change in affiliation

hi all;

as it appeared on Planet GNOME[0] and on my personal
microblogging[1][2], I am no longer affiliated with Intel.

starting on June 25, my new affiliation will be the Mozilla Foundation.

ciao,
 Emmanuele.

[0] http://blogs.gnome.org/ebassi/2012/06/15/the-rakes-song/
[1] https://plus.google.com/110564179941764460291/posts/EWvTs8BbsuM
[2] https://twitter.com/ebassi/status/215119479926042625

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W: http://www.emmanuelebassi.name
B: http://blogs.gnome.org/ebassi/
Emmanuele Bassi | 12 Jun 16:52 2012
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Minutes of the Board Meeting - May 29th, 2012

Wiki: https://live.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20120529

= Minutes for Meeting of May 29, 2012 =

== Next Meeting ==

 June 12, 2012

== Attending ==

 * Bastien Nocera 
 * Emmanuele Bassi
 * Germán Póo-Caamaño
 * Karen Sandler
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Ryan Lortie
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Stormy Peters

=== Regrets ===

=== Missing ===

 * Brian Cameron

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Process
   * Discussing what to do about ACL on Wiki for old board members.
     * Germán and Brian both responded that Karen's suggested draft was reasonable.
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Andrea Veri | 11 Jun 14:30 2012
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GNOME Foundation Board Elections Spring 2012 - Preliminary Results

Dear Foundation Members,

the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is pleased to
announce the preliminary results for the Board of Directors.

We strongly encourage everyone to look at the detailed results to 
verify their ballot. (see below)

These results can be challenged by sending an e-mail to
elections <at> gnome.org. The challenges have to be sent before Tuesday,
2012-06-19, 23:59 UTC. Please note these results should not be
considered final until any challenge have been resolved.

The results can be found at:
http://vote.gnome.org/vote/results.php?election_id=17

A list of all votes can be found at:
http://vote.gnome.org/vote/votes.php?election_id=17

If the results are not challenged, the new Board will be composed by:

      Bastien Nocera
      Emmanuele Bassi
      Andreas Nilsson
      Joanmarie Diggs
      Tobias Mueller
      Shaun McCance
      Seif Lotfy

Some figures about the votes: there were 375 registered voters. 186
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Andrea Veri | 29 May 22:26 2012
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A new Membership status: Emeritus

The GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee is proud to 
announce a new Membership status: Emeritus.

  Introduction

The MembershipCommittee may receive Membership renewal applications 
from Foundation members that provided a good amount of valuable and 
high quality contributions in the past but aren't able to provide any 
reference about recent contributions.

The requirements to gain membership (or renew it) are the following: 

"Members of the Foundation are required to have made a valuable, 
recent and non-trivial contribution to the project, and should be 
planning to actively contribute in the future".

Some past contributors or long time Foundation members could not have 
their membership renewed as they could not provide the needed 
reference to recent contributions. For this reason, the 
MembershipCommittee created an Emeritus Rank for all the past members 
that are not active any more but still want to be associated with the 
GNOME Foundation.

Accordingly, you can qualify for the Emeritus Member rank if:

1. you have been a Foundation Member in the past and made a 
   substantial contribution over a long period of time.
2. you lost or are about to lose your Foundation membership by not 
   renewing it in time.
3. you are still interested in being part of the GNOME community.
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Xabier Rodriguez Calvar | 29 May 17:18 2012

Call for GUADEC BoF and Lightning Talks opened until June 18h

The public Call for Participation for Lightning Talks, BoF and Hackfest
has officially opened for the 2012 GNOME Users And Developers European
Conference (GUADEC [1]) conference.

You can read the call for participations at
http://www.guadec.org/lightning-bof-cfp and submit your proposal at the
submission system [2].

GUADEC 2012 will be hosted in A Coruña, Spain, from July 26 - August
1st. BoF, Hackfests and other events will be scheduled between July 30th
and August 1st.

This call for Participation for GUADEC 2012 will follow these dates:

      * June 18: Deadline for submission of Lightning Talks and BoF
        proposals.
      * June 26: Notification to Lightning Talks contributors.
      * July 26 - 29: GUADEC 2012 in A Coruña, Spain
      * July 30 - August 1: hackfests and meetings

The rest of the activities BoFs, Hackfest, etc... will be accepted  with
a FIFO approach whenever there are available slots and rooms in the
conference program.

We would like to remember that registration for GUADEC [3] is already
open and you could reserve your accomodation with the registration
system until July 1st.

Follow GUADEC developments: http://identi.ca/GUADEC &
http://twitter.com/GUADEC
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Emmanuele Bassi | 29 May 14:53 2012
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Minutes of the Board Meeting - 2012-05-15

Link: https://live.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20120515

= Minutes for Meeting of May 15, 2012 =

== Next Meeting ==

 May 29, 2012

== Attending ==

 * Bastien Nocera 
 * Brian Cameron
 * Emmanuele Bassi
 * Germán Póo-Caamaño
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Stormy Peters

=== Regrets ===

 * Karen Sandler (holiday)

=== Missing ===

 * Ryan Lortie

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Process
   * Discussing what to do about ACL on Wiki for old board members.
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Emmanuele Bassi | 29 May 14:52 2012
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Minutes of the Board Meeting - 2012-05-01

Link: https://live.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20120501

= Minutes for Meeting of May 1, 2012 =

== Next Meeting ==

 May 14, 2012

== Attending ==

 * Bastien Nocera 
 * Brian Cameron
 * Emmanuele Bassi
 * Germán Póo-Caamaño
 * Karen Sandler
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Stormy Peters

=== Regrets ===

 * Ryan Lortie

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Process
   * Why are emails to board <at> gnome.org and director <at> gnome.org not going through moderation?  We seem to be
getting junk mail on the list sent to this address.
     * Karen asked the sysadmin team, waiting for their response.

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Emmanuele Bassi | 29 May 14:50 2012
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Minutes of the Board Meeting - 2012-04-17

Link: https://live.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20120417

= Minutes for Meeting of April 17 =

== Next Meeting ==

 May 1, 2012

== Attending ==

 * Bastien Nocera 
 * Brian Cameron
 * Germán Póo-Caamaño
 * Karen Sandler
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Stormy Peters
 * Ryan Lortie
 * Emmanuele Bassi (late)

=== Regrets ===

=== Missing ===

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Process
   * Why are emails to board <at> gnome.org and director <at> gnome.org not going through moderation?  We seem to be
getting junk mail on the list sent to this address.  Can we fix this?
     * '''ACTION''': Karen - Will discuss board <at> gnome.org and director <at> gnome.org moderation with the
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Tobias Mueller | 27 May 22:48 2012
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GNOME Board of Directors Elections 2012 - Voting Instructions sent


Dear Foundation Members,

we have just sent the ballots to the registered email addresses of the electorate.

If you have not received your voting instructions, have a look on the list of eligible voters on
<http://www.gnome.org/foundation/membership/> and check the email account that is associated with you.
Also check the SPAM folder.

In case you are not on the list of eligible voters but think you should be, write us an email (see below).

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them at
membership-committee <at> gnome.org or elections <at> gnome.org

Happy Voting,
  Tobias Mueller
Tobias Mueller | 21 May 21:05 2012
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GNOME Board of Directors Foundation Elections Spring 2012 - The candidates

Dear Foundation Members,

I am glad to announce the following list of candidates for the Board of Directors.
    * David Nielsen
    * Bastien Nocera
    * Emmanuele Bassi
    * Andreas Nilsson
    * Joanmarie Diggs
    * Tobias Mueller
    * Max Huang
    * Shaun McCance
    * Seif Lotfy

Please see <http://vote.gnome.org/2012/candidates.html> for details.

You are invited to ask the candidates questions by sending them to foundation-list. But
please try to avoid duplicates and bear in mind, that the candidates
invest a lot of time answering questions, thus please be reasonable with
the amount and scope of the questions.
You might want to send your question to membership-committee <at> gnome.org
instead, so that we can collect, sift and sort the questions before we
send them out shortly after the ballots were sent. But again: if you
feel the need to ask your question directly, please do so.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask them at
membership-committee <at> gnome.org or elections <at> gnome.org

Cheers,
  Tobias Mueller
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Seif Lotfy | 21 May 01:24 2012

GNOME Foundation Board candidacy: Seif Lotfy

Name: Seif Lotfy
Affiliation: Collabora Ltd.

Since 2007, through ever-increasing code-contributions, I have been actively involved in the GNOME developer community.

During the last six months, I have been working much more closely with the design team, by participating in some of Allan Day's "Every Detail Matters" tasks and programming several prototypes for the design team. At the moment, I am working together with Allan and Emily, my Summer of Code student, on the clocks application.

Currently, I spend nearly 50% of my working time on GNOME-related projects, thanks to Collabora. I also spend a lot of my time working on deploying Zeitgeist into some smaller projects like Gedit (the dashboard plugin), which greatly benefited from design collaboration with Hylke Bons and Garrett LeSage.

Sometimes misunderstandings and miscommunication happen in the community, especially between different teams who may share similar goals but different viewpoints. This blurred vision was evident in mailing-lists over the past few weeks. (Thankfully Olav did a great job moderating the lists to not let it get too out-of-hand.) 
I believe vague development and design decisions are harmful for the current developers involved in GNOME. If elected to the board, I will push for focusing efforts in solving communication and community issues, and plan to:

1) Improve communication between designers and developers, by pushing for a more transparent design/technical decision process, with the goal of developing trust in each others decisions. I firmly believe in having GNOME teams in agreement on crucial issues of design and development.
2) Explore the idea of a community task-force to examine and resolve personal issues, to ensure stellar communication and rapor within the community.
3) Push for more accountability of paid GNOME developers via the growth of their modules and sub-communities. 
4) Increase and maintain our contributor base, by encouraging and expanding intiatives such as Allan Day's "Every Detail Matters", in order to include additional GNOME-related projects.
5) Push for an initiative to empower observers and users of GNOME to easily contribute back to the project.
6) Push for raising awareness of the importance of the social capital of GNOME within the different teams. We are trying to deliver a product, but we are a community first, thus we need to invest time into not only growing but maintaining our community.

As I have personally experienced similar miscommunication over the years, I have worked hard to solve those issues with orther community participants and different developer teams.
If elected to the board, I can offer my unique background to help bridge the gap between community participants amongst diverse teams to help forge a unified vision and strengthen GNOME as a whole. 

Thanks,
Seif
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