Fabiana Simões | 19 Jun 22:24 2015
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Final Results - GNOME Foundation Board of Directors Elections 2015

Hello Foundation!

The preliminary results for this year's elections were not challenged.
This means, in the next term, our Board of Directors will be composed
of the following Foundation members:

Allan Day
Andrea Veri
Christian Hergert
Cosimo Cecchi
Ekaterina Gerasimova
Jeff Fortin
Shaun McCance

Congratulations! And many, many thanks to all Foundation members who
participated and voted. I hope the engagement and excitement we saw
during the elections remain active for the year :)

Cheers,
Fabiana - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee

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Jeff Fortin Tam | 19 Jun 06:32 2015
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Agenda for board meeting on June 19th

Hello Foundation members!

The board will be having a meeting this Friday at 16h UTC.

Here's an overview of some of the topics for this meeting:

      * GUADEC 2015 
              * Tradeoff for one potential sponsor
              * Last minute efforts to secure additional GUADEC
                sponsors 
              * Venue and hostel money 
              * Sponsorship for party night event 
      * Travel committee/budget update? 
      * Desktop Summit 2011 taxes 
      * Trademark license agreement - Hellotux

(Other topics may be brewing in the backlog but not included in the
meeting agenda until they have reached the required threshold of
information or discussion on the board list)

If you would like the board to discuss any particular issues at the
next meeting, you are welcome to request additions to the agenda here.
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Memberships needing renewal (2015-6)


Hi,

as per point 1.3 of [1], here it comes a list of members in need of a
renew in case they didn't receive their individual e-mail:

First name Last name, (Last renewed on)

Aruna Sankaranarayanan, 2013-06-03
Andrés Aragoneses, 2013-05-19
Hylke Bons, 2013-05-21
Antonius Riha, 2013-05-19
Travis Reitter, 2013-05-19
Marco Barisione, 2013-05-17
Luciana Fujii Pontello, 2013-05-19
Sri Ramkrishna, 2013-05-20
Vladimír Beneš, 2013-05-19
Frederic Muller, 2013-05-20

The Renewal form can be found at [2].

Cheers,
   GNOME Membership and Elections Committee

[1] https://mail.gnome.org/archives/foundation-list/2011-November/msg00000.html
[2] http://www.gnome.org/foundation/membership/apply/

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Fabiana Simões | 9 Jun 14:13 2015
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Preliminary Results - GNOME Board of Directors Elections 2015

Hello, Foundation!

We're happy to announce the preliminary results for this year's Board
of Directors
elections:

Allan Day
Andrea Veri
Christian Hergert
Cosimo Cecchi
Ekaterina Gerasimova
Jeff Fortin Tam
Shaun McCance

(details at http://vote.gnome.org/vote/results.php?election_id=23)

If you'd like to challenge these results, please send an e-mail to
membership-committee gnome org  You can challenge them until Tuesday,
2015-06-17, 23:59 UTC. Please note these results should not be
considered final until all challenges have been resolved.

This year we had 273 registered voters, 149 of which sent in valid
ballots. We encourage everyone to check the list of all votes to
verify their ballot:

https://vote.gnome.org/votes.php?election_id=23

Cheers,
Fabiana - on behalf of the GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee
Jeff Fortin Tam | 4 Jun 18:06 2015
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Agenda for board meeting on June 5th

Hello Foundation members!

The board will be having a meeting this Friday at 14h UTC.
(We could not have a meeting last week due to time constraints, and
can't have one at the regular time this week due to other scheduling
constraints.)

Here's an overview of some of the topics for this meeting:

      * GUADEC 2015 visa/sponsorship letters
      * Outreachy transfer wrap-up
      * WHS press release
      * ED search status update
      * Brainstorming ideas for the next adboard meeting

(Other topics may be brewing in the backlog but not included in the
meeting agenda until they have reached the required threshold of
information or discussion on the board list)

If you would like the board to discuss any particular issues at the
next meeting, you are welcome to request additions to the agenda here.
Ali/amjjawad | 1 Jun 03:36 2015
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Orca Project - forwarding a message

Hi GNOME community,

I have promised him to forward his request to this list and I am keeping my words so, please see:
For me, the purpose in life is to draw a smile on someone's face. For this user, I'd go the extra miles and do more.

What could be better than reading this:
https://twitter.com/ruchir89/status/603306990085869568

And, I am sure there are many over there like him.

I am not sure if this is the right channel to forward such message? but I believe the whole GNOME community need to know how GNOME has changed the lives of so many people and what a great feeling to be a member and part of this wonderful community :)

My days with Ubuntu GNOME as a community manager is the best of all. Thank you, everyone!



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Ali/amjjawad
Remember: "All of us are smarter than any one of us."


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Richard Stallman | 31 May 16:06 2015
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Re: Questions for candidates

  > Oh wait, I think I do actually see what you mean now.... You're concerned
  > about the message we send out if we use non-free software to promote GNOME
  > and things like this e.g. git servers and social networking?

You've identified the issue, but you're focusing only on the possible
negative side of it.  Using nonfree software to promote GNOME would
associate GNOME with the idea that nonfree software is ok.  Promoting
GNOME that way would help the cause in a narrowly focused way (more
users, more development of GNOME _are_ good, all else being equal) at
the cost of harming it in a broader and deeper way.

The issue has positive side, too.  In promoting GNOME, it is possible
to talk about freedom explicitly, and talk about choices that GNOME
has made for the sake of freedom.  Thus, while helping the cause in a
narrowly focused way, you help the cause in a broader and deeper way
at the same time.

One can spread a bad message by visibly using an unethical resource;
however, choosing ethical resources does not _by itself_ spread a good
message because it does not communicate anything.  To spread the good
message, you have to say it overtly.

For instance, carrying an iThing around with you is enough to endorse
Apple, but NOT carrying an iThing doesn't convey rejection of Apple.
To show that you reject iThings on ethical grounds, you need to say
so.

Note that there's nothing wrong with "git servers" in general.  Some
are bad, some are ok.  Doesn't GNOME maintain its own repository?
It can and should make sure its repository is entirely good.

Also, "social networking" in general is not a bad thing.  Social
networking systems vary greatly, so they can be good or bad, depending
on details.  Facebook is atrocious and we shouldn't encourage people
to be useds of Facebook.  On the other hand, using GNU Social is fine.
Twitter used to be ok until it started making users identify
themselves, last year I think, but it is still POSSIBLE to use it
without running nonfree software, last I heard.

Advertising is not inherently bad, but if you sell ads on a site via
Google, you're likely to find it shows ads for nonfree software on
your site.  Unfortunately Google offers no way to filter ads based on
this criterion.

Also, internet advertising today normally means tracking visitors, and
tracking visitors is direct mistreatment of them -- which is worse
than merely conveying a bad message to them.  See
http://gnu.org/philosophy/surveillance-vs-democracy.html.

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President, Free Software Foundation
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Skype: No way! See stallman.org/skype.html.
Michel Company | 29 May 11:57 2015
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Re: Using image in thesis report

Hello!


I've used GTK in my thesis at Chalmers University of Technology (http://www.chalmers.se/en/Pages/default.aspx) 


I would like to use this image in my thesis report: 


http://www.gtk.org/images/architecture.png


is this ok? 


Med vänlig hälsning / Yours Sincerely

Michel Company
Student at Chalmers University of Technology
E-mail: company <at> student.chalmers.se
Phone: +46-(0)73-987-2399

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Magdalen Berns | 27 May 20:07 2015

Re: GNOME Foundation 501(c)3 status


I've seen this mentioned previously on this list as well, and I'm
curious how that happened.

There is an interesting blog about these things which is worth a read (seems a little like some rule tightening has gone on and perhaps caught a few organisations unaware, but it's hard to say what's happened at this stage).[1] 

I would also suggest that this should be the top priority issue for the
GNOME Foundation to fix. 

Likewise.

Is the current Board already working to fix this?

A quick search shows GNOME is still listed on the IRS website as being in good standing:

http://apps.irs.gov/app/eos/pub78Search.do?ein1=&names=GNOME&city=&state=All...&country=US&deductibility=all&dispatchMethod=searchCharities&submitName=Search
 
(actually I think you'll need to redo your own search)

Unfortunately, it is delinquent according to the California Department of Justice (you may need to redo your own search to get it to come up there too).[2,3] It might be worth getting in touch with them directly about this because according to the Department of Justice, they have not received copies of the IRS Form 990 for the fiscal years ending 9/30/2009, 9/30/2011, 9/30/2012 and 9/30/2013 and the Annual Registration Renewal Fee Report (RRF-1) and IRS Form 990 for the fiscal year ending 9/30/2014 were due on February 15, 2015, as well.

Magdalen

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Mike Saunders | 27 May 15:00 2015

GIMP donation

Hi everyone,

I work for Linux Voice magazine and we donated £300 to GIMP (via the 
Gnome Foundation): 
http://www.linuxvoice.com/first-profit-donating-scheme-the-winners/

We made a bank transfer following the instructions here: 
http://www.gimp.org/donating/

That was on 18th of May, with reference "For Gimp - LV". I also emailed 
fundraising <at> gnome.org with details but heard nothing. Then, on 20th of 
May, £300 was sent to us from "Northern Trust". Is that the money 
bouncing back to us? Can someone from the Foundation please respond 
about the donation?

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Linux Voice magazine
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Michael Catanzaro | 26 May 17:32 2015
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Question to board candidates: privacy funds

In 2013 we raised $20,000 to improve security and privacy in GNOME. I am
aware that the current board has finally formed a committee to determine
how to use the funds, but I would have expected this process to have
been completed by now, since it has been nearly two years since the
conclusion of the fundraising campaign.

Question for candidates currently on the board: do you believe you
handled this process appropriately, and if so, why? If not, what should
have been done better?

Michael

Gmane