Michael Catanzaro | 15 Sep 15:43 2014
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Re: OPW; Where does the 500$ for each GSoC goes?

On Mon, 2014-09-15 at 09:08 +0200, Christophe Fergeau wrote:
> Hey Michael,
> 
> On Sun, Sep 14, 2014 at 07:15:42PM -0500, Michael Catanzaro wrote:
> > It would also be good to actually consider the value of student projects
> > before funding them. With GSoC we just picked which students seemed most
> > likely to successfully complete the projects they proposed, rather than
> > actually evaluating which projects were most important to GNOME.
> 
> Most of the GSoC projects we get proposals for are ideas which were
> suggested by mentors/members of the GNOME projects on
> https://wiki.gnome.org/Outreach/SummerOfCode/2014/Ideas
> Students are also encouraged to come up with their own project ideas,
> but in this case we insist that this must be discussed with the project
> maintainers first to make sure that this is something that is useful to
> the project. Then there are indeed some (a few!) more experimental
> projects that we pick because the student seems good, and this could
> have an interesting outcome, but we don't pick a lot of such projects
> each year.

Yes, but I don't think that process is sufficient. Some of the projects
that get accepted seem to be of significantly higher value to GNOME than
others. Others are important, but not really enough to merit the entire
stipend.

> > I think we got a good set of students, but I'd rather select a
> > promising student while rejecting the student's project proposal if
> > the proposal is only tangential to our interests.
> 
> You seem to imply we should reorient good students on more important
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Sébastien Wilmet | 13 Sep 14:32 2014
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OPW; Where does the 500$ for each GSoC goes?

Hello,

I know that money and OPW are sensitive topics, but I would like to
better understand, and some transparency shouldn't hurt.

For each GSoC student, the mentoring organization receives 500$. How is
this money used?

- Is the money used for travel sponsorship to GUADEC? What about
  students that don't go to GUADEC?

- Can the mentor receive this money? Or at least choose how the 500$ is
  used?

- Can the money be stored so that several years later it can be used to
  pay a developer for working on the same module(s) of the GSoCs? For
  example the GStreamer project donated 2500€ to the Pitivi fundraising
  campaign, and this money comes partly from several GSoCs:
http://blogs.gnome.org/uraeus/2014/03/03/pitivi-fundraiser-pass-the-10-000-usd-dollar-mark/

- Is the money used for something else, like OPW? I've read an old blog
  post that suggested that the 500$ could be used to finance a few OPWs,
  that's why I ask.

  Or is OPW financed entirely by the sponsoring organizations and
  companies listed in https://gnome.org/opw/ ?

  But it seems logical to me that, for example, the Linux Foundation
  pays only for the OPWs related to Linux. So which companies or
  organizations finance the GNOME OPWs? Philip Van Hoof suggested that
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Jeff Fortin | 10 Sep 20:30 2014
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Agenda for board meeting on September 12th

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:

  * Groupon
  * Bountysource account for the Foundation
  * Funding for GNOME interns in OPW

(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
meeting, you are welcome to request additions to the agenda here.
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Memberships needing renewal (2014-09)


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)
 * Emanuele Aina (2012-09-23)
 * Thomas Bechtold (2012-09-13)
 * Paolo Borelli (2012-09-03)
 * Rob Bradford (2012-09-27)
 * Brian Cameron (2012-09-04)
 * Pablo Castellano (2012-09-23)
 * Johan Dahlin (2012-09-03)
 * José Dapena Paz (2012-09-10)
 * Guillaume Desmottes (2012-09-14)
 * Jiri Eischmann (2012-09-23)
 * Simon Feltman (2012-09-23)
 * Alejandro Piñeiro Iglesias (2012-09-23)
 * Lucas Lommer (2012-09-23)
 * Danielle Madeley (2012-09-23)
 * Jordi Mas i Hernànde (2012-09-23)
 * Michael Meeks (2012-09-14)
 * Federico Mena Quintero (2012-09-07)
 * Rodrigo Moya (2012-09-04)
 * Tobias Mueller (2012-09-23)
 * Dave Neary (2012-09-13)
 * Bastien Nocera (2012-09-04)
 * Frederic Peters (2012-09-14)
 * Bertrand Rousseau (2012-09-24)
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Jeff Fortin | 28 Aug 20:46 2014
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Agenda for board meeting on August 29th

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:

  * Rosanna's proposed job description 
  * Groupon
  * Outstanding brand use requests 
  * Getting a Bountysource account for the Foundation?

If you would like the board to discuss any particular issues at the
meeting, you are welcome to request additions to the agenda here.
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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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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