Andrea Veri | 27 Aug 00:23 2014
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James Shubin joined the GNOME Foundation Membership Committee

Hello Foundation Members!

I'm really happy to announce James Shubin (purpleidea) kindly offered his help to keep the business of the GNOME Foundation Membership Committee up and running!

After a trial period of a few weeks and the awesome work commenting and providing feedback about existing applications we are more than happy to welcome him aboard!

Thanks James and welcome again! 




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Debian Developer,
Fedora / EPEL packager,
GNOME Infrastructure Team Coordinator,
GNOME Foundation Board of Directors member,
GNOME Foundation Membership & Elections Committee Chairman

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Jeff Fortin | 13 Aug 22:58 2014
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Agenda for board meeting on August 15th

Hello Foundation members!

The board will be having its regular meeting this Friday at 16h UTC.
Here is an overview of the agenda for this meeting:

  * Quick check on accounts receivable 
  * Groupon
  * Final wording checks for updated Travel Policy 
  * GNOME Privacy project
  * Varia 
      * Outstanding brand use requests 
      * Pictures of directors for the foundation's website
      * Review "pending action" items from previous minutes
      * Reassign old action items to new board members

If you would like the board to discuss any particular issues at the
meeting, you are welcome to request additions to the agenda here.
Emily Chen | 7 Aug 17:33 2014
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Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

Call for GNOME.Asia Summit 2015 Host Proposals

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting the GNOME.Asia during the 2nd quarter of 2015.

The GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss both the present technology and future developments.

GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong Seoul and Beijing respectively over the last seven years. The Summit’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to we spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.

You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at our website: http://www.gnome.asia

Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org . The deadline for the proposals is September 1, 2014. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more details over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the third week of September, 2014.

The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2015 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may have conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:

  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.

  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.

  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorship’s

Please refer to the official web site of GNOME.Asia [1]. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list [2], howtos [3] and the winning proposal for 2012 [4] when putting together a proposal.

You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org if you have any questions.

Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

GNOME.Asia Committee

[1] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia

[2] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/event-organization-checklist

[3] http://2011.gnome.asia/about/gnomeasia/summit-planning-howto

[4] http://wiki.gnome.org/GnomeAsia/2012Summit/Bids?action=AttachFile&do=view&target=Proposal_of_HongKong_GNOME_Asia_Hackfest_2012_20120124.pdf

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Emmanuele Bassi | 6 Aug 21:19 2014
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Re: Mission Statement

hi;

On 6 August 2014 19:49, Michael Hill <mdhillca <at> gmail.com> wrote:

>> "crippling weight" [citation needed].
>
> "This hasn't only exposed us to substantial financial risks; it has
> caused actual financial problems for the project.  This year, GNOME
> temporarily ceased funding of hackfests in order to recover from the
> cashflow problems caused by the size of OPW." -- Ryan Lortie
>
> Result: day to day operations of the Foundation disrupted.

the disruption has been put in place to recover reserves that we
burned through; those reserves were burned through because of a
reduction in the cash flow of the Foundation in general — i.e. our
finances have been shrinking for the past few years. the OPW was an
expenditure to make up for invoices not being paid, but *any*
expenditure (hackfest, conferences, travel assistance) could have
caused the freeze.

in general, the freeze that has less to do with OPW and more with our
own issues in tracking payments and invoices, and handling our own
accounting. the whole issue could have just as easily happened if we
didn't have OPW, to be fair. in a way, the OPW growth and this whole
finance situation has forced the board to get a better handle on the
foundation's own funding and processes, to streamline them, document
them, and track them.

now that things are tracked properly the remaining effect of the OPW
growth is the administrative burden on our own administrative
infrastructure; that still needs to be fixed, and it would be good to
have ideas on how to increase our volunteer base.

we also still need to build up cash reserves, so that we can unfreeze
the expenditures of the foundation.

ciao,
 Emmanuele.

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Ryan Lortie | 6 Aug 17:57 2014
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Mission Statement

"""
The GNOME Foundation will work to further the goal of the GNOME project:
to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is
completely free software.

To achieve this goal, the Foundation will coordinate releases of GNOME
and determine which projects are part of GNOME. The Foundation will act
as an official voice for the GNOME project, providing a means of
communication with the press and with commercial and noncommercial
organizations interested in GNOME software. The foundation may produce
educational materials and documentation to help the public learn about
GNOME software. In addition, it may sponsor GNOME-related technical
conferences, and represent GNOME at relevant conferences sponsored by
others, help create technical standards for the project and promote the
use and development of GNOME software. 

"""

I got the sense during the 'open floor' of the AGM that there were a lot
of people still wanting to ask questions before we were hurried away to
lunch.  In future years I think it might be nice to schedule the AGM
either in a larger slot or in a slot that is more freely able to 'spill
over' for those who are interested in staying.

The question that I would have asked if we had more time was about the
place of OPW within the GNOME project: specifically, that a project like
GNOME should be administering such a large programme in which the
majority of participants are not GNOME contributors.

During Kat's presentation on the finances of the GNOME project it became
clear to me (in a way that it wasn't clear before) the lopsided nature
of OPW's contribution to GNOME's income and expenses.  The fact that we
needed to view the data with the OPW figures removed in order to get any
real sense of the actual meaningful finances of the project was a bit of
an indication of that.

I was disappointed (but not completely surprised) to learn that,
although OPW has expanded to many projects beyond GNOME, GNOME is left
handling all of the money for all participants at all organisations. 
This hasn't only exposed us to substantial financial risks; it has
caused actual financial problems for the project.  This year, GNOME
temporarily ceased funding of hackfests in order to recover from the
cashflow problems caused by the size of OPW.

I discussed the issue further with some other people and was also
surprised to learn about just how much of our time is spent on
administration of the programme.  Sending out cheques to people all over
the world and chasing up invoices from companies is time consuming.  The
fact that GNOME is left doing this work when many of the other
organisations participating in the project have much deeper pockets and
more resources than us strikes me as particularly strange.

I also came to appreciate during conversations at GUADEC the amount of
time which members of the engagement team, the board, and others are
spending fighting against harmful and distracting messaging from various
corners of the net, and how much OPW has become involved in some of the
stranger criticisms being leveled toward us.  It's no secret that OPW is
controversial, even within the project.  I feel at the very least, it is
a distraction from what should be our core goals.

Conversations with several board members (past and present) have left me
with the impression that, taken together, these issues have been
consuming a substantial portion of the time spent during the board
meetings and have almost certainly prevented more focus on other issues.

OPW has become a very large part of what GNOME is doing, both in terms
of money flowing through our accounts and in terms of time and effort
spent.  I feel that it has started to interfere with other functions of
the foundation and the project.  I argue that it is not a core part of
our mission and that, given its growth, there are other people and
organisations who are better positioned to take a leadership role here
than we are.

I think that the time has come to split OPW out from the GNOME
foundation.

Thanks in advance for all constructive opinions.
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Memberships needing renewal (2014-08)


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)
 * Chris Ball (2012-08-21)
 * Matthew Barnes (2012-08-04)
 * Matilda Bernard (2012-08-25)
 * Bryan Clark (2012-08-20)
 * Jason D. Clinton (2012-08-18)
 * Beth Hadley (2012-08-25)
 * Chris Leonard (2012-08-25)
 * María Majadas López (2012-08-18)
 * Fabiana Pedreira Simões (2012-08-25)
 * Stormy Peters (2012-08-18)
 * Manuel Quiñones (2012-08-02)
 * Martin Robinson (2012-08-25)
 * Thomas Wood (2012-08-20)
 * Carl Worth (2012-08-20)

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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Olav Vitters | 31 Jul 08:56 2014
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Groupon <at> Phoronix

http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTc1MjI

| Hopefully the GNOME Foundation and others will be able to extrude
| their forces in clearing up this odd and unfortunate situation. 
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Olav
Jeff Fortin | 22 Jul 20:24 2014
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Team Reports on July 26th, GNOME Annual General Meeting on July 28th

Hi everyone,

We would like to invite all GNOME Foundation members to attend the Team
Reports session at GUADEC on Saturday (July 26th, 16h45 to 17h45) and
the Annual General Meeting on Monday (July 28th, 11h45 to 12h45). If you
are not yet a GNOME Foundation member, now is a great time to become
one.

The Team Reports session will be our traditional série of 5 minute
presentations from members of the various teams below, so that the
membership can find out what is going on across GNOME:

    Accessibility
    Bug squad
    Design
    Documentation
    Engagement (includes web & events)
    Finances
    Foundation Board
    GNOME.Asia
    Internationalisation
    Members and Elections Committee
    Outreach
    Release Team
    Sysadmin
    Travel Committee

The AGM meeting is where the Q&A session with the board will be held.

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Colin Walters | 22 Jul 15:06 2014

Boston Summit 2014

Hi,

I know people are busy with GUADEC prep, but I just wanted to start the
thread early around this year's Boston Summit.  Last year's was in
Montréal, so following the pattern we'll do Boston again, right?

I can take as an action item getting in touch with MIT for a venue
again.  Would someone be able to look at sponsors?
Richard Stallman | 21 Jul 05:28 2014
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GUADEC registration

[[[ To any NSA and FBI agents reading my email: please consider    ]]]
[[[ whether defending the US Constitution against all enemies,     ]]]
[[[ foreign or domestic, requires you to follow Snowden's example. ]]]

I was glad to see that https://www.guadec.org/register
does not demand correct personal data and does not require
running Javascript.  But there is still one problem:
it requires online payment through systems that identify the payer.

Do attendees have the option of paying cash at the door?  The page
does not say so, but maybe they do.

How about allowing people to pay with bitcoin?

I am raising the issue here because I don't know
of a better place.  If someone tells me the "right" place
I will raise it there.

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  Use Ekiga or an ordinary phone call.
Emmanuele Bassi | 18 Jul 15:57 2014
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Minutes of the Board meeting of July 1st, 2014

wiki: https://wiki.gnome.org/FoundationBoard/Minutes/20140701

= Minutes for Tuesday, July 1st, 2014, 16:00 UTC =

== Next meeting ==
 * Friday, July 18th, 2014, 16:00 UTC

== Attending ==
 * Joanmarie Diggs (previous board)
 * Ekaterina Gerasimova
 * Emmanuele Bassi (previous board)
 * Rosanna Yuen
 * Andreas Nilsson (previous board)
 * Marina Zhurakhinskaya
 * Andrea Veri
 * Jeff Fortin
 * Tobias Mueller

=== Regrets ===
 * Karen Sandler

=== Missing ===
 * Sriram Ramkrishna

== Board Meeting Agenda ==

 * Welcome new board!
  * This is the first meeting with both the outgoing and incoming board.
  * People on the outgoing board are invited in advisory capacity
until the official hand over meeting at GUADEC
  * Only newly elected (and re-elected) board members can vote
  * Are officials going to be appointed at GUADEC?
   * We have early regrets from Karen and Tobi, who are going to be
travelling on the 25th
   * We should move the appointment of the new officers of the board
to the meeting before GUADEC
  * Explanation of the procedures of the board
   * Voting
   * Conflict of interests
   * Further discussion at the in person meeting at GUADEC

 * Monthly financial update
  * Financial year starts on October 1st
   * We generally should have a budget by that date
   * If we don't have a budget within 30 days the board voted to
automatically freeze all non-essential expenditures
  * Outlook of the financial situation of the Foundation for the
benefit of the new board members
   * Something to do for the upcoming year is to ensure companies are
invoiced at the start of January to mitigate delays
   * Sent out new invoices for GUADEC sponsoring
   * We have sent all the adboard invoices
    * After they have been paid, we are going to rely on personal donations
   * We are also holding money for other organizations
    * This money is in our care, but it's not ours to use

 * Events
  * GUADEC 2014
   * Sponsors
    * New sponsors from China
     * Added GUADEC sponsorship on top of their GNOME.Asia one
     * The board would like to thank Emily Chen for her work
    * Canonical reached out to us
    * We should try to get more sponsors
     * Marina is contacting Collabora, Mozilla, and the Linux Foundation
     * Marina also wants to contact CERN - European organization,
employs GNOME developers, uses RHEL
    * Possibly have lower rungs of sponsorship for smaller
companies/organization
    * Party sponsorship is another venue of funding
     * Not necessarily cheaper, depending on the location and type of the party
    * '''ACTION''': Jeff to follow up with potential sponsors for
GUADEC and brainstorm new ideas
    * People to follow up on authorization for two invitations to GUADEC on-list
   * Funds
    * GUADEC 2013 leftover money has been transferred to LiLo for GUADEC 2014
    * Approx USD 4000
   * Travel sponsorships
    * Committee is almost done with sponsorship requests
    * Under budget
    * Some last minute requests
   * Pending vote for invitation letters for GUADEC
    * To be completed on the list
  * GNOME.Asia
   * Leftover funds: USD ~6000
   * Discussed on board-list to have Emily Chen hold on to those funds
to reimburse travel sponsorship from China
    * Easier to bypass all the issues with moving funds back and forth
    * Emily will transfer the leftover funds after reimbursements
    * Expected: USD 2000

 * Receiving Donations in the EU via the WHS
  * No new update

 * Gandi discounts / promo codes for Foundation Members
  * Andrea has followed up with Gandi
  * Andrea is going to send an email after getting more information

 * Next meeting
  * Potential conflcts for various new/old board members
  * To be discussed on the board list

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Privacy campaign
 * Visa fees reimbursements

== Pending action items ==
 * All Directors to reply Andreas's/Kat's email on board list about
visa fees reimbursements
 * Andreas to put together a GNOME supporter card for our donors
 * Andreas, Joanie to draft thank you letters to our donors
 * Andreas to investigate the GNOME gifts situation
 * Andreas to ask Karen and Pam how much we should  disclose to the
community about the ongoing discussion with Groupon
 * Emmanuele to send Zana and Tobi an update on FoG donors gifts
 * Emmanuele to draft a date and time for the post-release meeting
 * Joanie to draft a proposal for the photography policy at GNOME
conferences to discuss on foundation-list
 * Joanie and Karen to meet and discuss about the photography policy
for GNOME events
 * 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
 * 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 contact Karen and Pam about the trademark use request from
Carol Hanson
 * Karen to write the Privacy policy for GNOME services
 * Karen will look at gnome-software privacy issues from a legal standpoint
 * Marina to contact the GNOME.Asia local team on their current budget
 * Tobi to continue pursuing the fund collection in Europe
  * Tobi to draft a new WHS agreement after the feedback from the board
 * Tobi to talk to Andrea to move the !PayPal data extraction scripts
over to the GNOME infrastructure
 * Sri to investigate better uses of adsense/adwords on the GNOME websites
 * 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
 * Zana to check the inventory of merch she has in storage (low priority)
 * Rosanna to contact Emily about the state of the GNOME.Asia payment

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