Archive for March, 2010

Stormy’s Update: Week of March 22nd

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
  • Friends of GNOME ruler launched. The campaign has been a great success so far – thanks, everyone!
  • Jeremy Allison joined the GNOME Advisory Board representing Google.
  • Worked with a potential sponsor.
  • Met with Rosanna to discuss the things she’s got going on (invoices, reimbursements, bank stuff, etc) and the Friends of GNOME gifts. Proposed that maybe we could send gifts via a supplier like Amazon. Having too many gifts to send out is a good problem to have!
  • Met with Brian Cameron to discuss my work. It’s about time for a midyear review.
  • Sent lots of thank you’s to Friends of GNOME who donated. Thanks, everyone!
  • Discussed a couple of GUADEC things like press. Need to wrap up the sponsors.
  • Attended GNOME Foundation IRC meeting.
  • Discussed who could attend FOSS Nigeria as the person who was going to attend on GNOME’s behalf had to cancel for work.
  • Organized a Women in Technology happy hour with Julie Bort in Fort Collins. Not GNOME related all though all GNOME women are welcome!
  • Reviewed GNOME 2.30 release notes and Project Accessibility & GNOME press release.
  • Wrapped up an advisory board interview for GNOME Journal.
  • Decided to move the Meet the Funders event to the fall. That will avoid conflict with lots of summer conferences and enable us to plan in person at OSCON.
  • Interviewed with a Northern California radio show on women and Unix and Linux.
  • Met with an analyst trying to figure out how many Linux mobile devices there will be.
  • Attended FSF Women’s IRC meeting. Sounds like the women’s track at Libre Planet was a great success!
  • Attended Open World Forum committee meeting. Haven’t yet committed to helping any particular track.

For this week:

  • Review my very long todo list and make sure I’m working on the most important stuff.
  • Start a conversation on GNOME Mobile about what to do with the Nokia funding.
  • Try to close with all GUADEC sponsors.
  • Work out a schedule for the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit desktop track.
  • Annual report letter.

Stormy’s Update: Weeks of March 8th and 15th

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

Attended Open Mobility. Was on a panel about the desktop and the cloud. There was lots of audience participation and the conversation took a couple of strange turns with Google and Google apps being a good piece of the conversation.

While I was there I met with Gabi Schindler from Azingo and Morgan Gillis and Andrew Shikiar from the LiMo Foundation. Plus quite a few other people.

While in San Francisco I also met with Adam Dingle and Jim Nelson from Yorba and had lunch with the whole crew. I was really impressed with their mission to create easy to use multimedia software (for GNOME!) for artists. Check out Shotwell.

Blogged about Friends of GNOME results.

Simon Phipps left the GNOME advisory board as he left Sun. Thanks to Simon for all the help over the years. Good luck to him in his future endeavors!

Got access to our Google Checkout account and added Jaap so we can add it to Friends of GNOME. We can receive donations without fees through Google Checkout thanks to our Google Grant.

Blogged about GNOME and Project:Possibility – students are working on GNOME accessibility!

Attended Board meeting. (Didn’t attend the advisory board meeting as I was on a plane.)

Thanked new subscribers and one time donators to Friends of GNOME.

Talked to InitMarketing about GNOME and marketing and how they might be able to help.

Reviewed Juanjo Marin’s GNOME SWOT Analysis which should be published wider soon. Please comment on it when it is.

Worried about GNOME representation at Texas Linux Fest and Idlelo – looks like all will be good! (Backup plan would be for me to go to Ghana.)

Announced dates for marketing hackfest.

Attended marketing IRC meeting.

Did some paperwork – some to officially get on GNOME’s bank account, expense reports, etc.

Reviewed several press releases. Very glad we have Zonker on board!

Was on multiple threads about the event box – glad we have Larry Cafeiro on board!

Met with Fluendo and Flumotion to talk about GUADEC.

Met with Bharat Kapoor and Paul Cutler to talk about the mobile texting donations campaign, reviewed agreement from company, got legal review on it, setting up a meeting to discuss concerns.

Met every week with Rosanna.

Met with several board members individually. Some to discuss my goals, others finance, and some other topics.

Experimented with Inbox 0. Usually I use my inbox as a todo list, even emailing myself action items. The last two weeks I’ve played with keeping my inbox at 0 at keeping my todo list more uptodate. I think it’s resulted in a different set of things getting done. Things that are more of a pain to add to the todo list than they are todo get done quickly. Those that are a little more involved get moved to my todo list where they are less visible in some way. Maybe I need to spend more time studying and rearranging my todo list! I’m going to continue the experiment for a bit.

Took an extra long weekend to hang out with family from out of town.

Friends of GNOME February 2010 Update

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Good news:

  • From last year: 2009 was an awesome year thanks to our Friends of GNOME. We brought in $29,578!!!
  • February 2010 was an outstanding month. We brought in $2,826. (Compare to $1,587 in January and $2,663 in December.)

Challenge:

  • A large part of February’s donation was do to one, one time $1500 donation from an individual. (Thank you!)
  • We lost 12 subscribers. I asked them all why they cancelled. Few have responded but I imagine that it’s because they finished their year and they are getting a tshirt.

Corrections:

  • These reports currently don’t include $100 a month that we receive in donations via checks.

And some graphs so you can see what is going on …

Percentage from subscriptions:

We did really well year over year in February. (Not so much in January – but last year we launched the Friends of GNOME subscriptions in January, so that was an unusual month.)

And as you can see, 2009 was a stellar year. We have a lot to live up to!

Promote Friends of GNOME with a badge like this:

Become a Friend of GNOME

GNOME & Project:Possibility

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Project:Possiblity just hosted the first ever SS12: Code for a Cause. SS12 is a programming competition where teams of students compete to code open source software for persons with disabilities over the course of a weekend.  Teams of students working with GNOME’s Caribou took first place at UCLA and second place at USC!

Thanks go to Stanley Lam and Steve Lee for not only making the project happen but getting GNOME involved. Thanks go to GNOME accessibility hacker Ben Konrath for mentoring the students over the weekend.

You can read more about it in this newspaper article, the “existing on-screen keyboard” is GNOME Caribou.

And some pictures:
http://picasaweb.google.com/projectpossibility/UCLAVsUSCSS122010Day1#
http://picasaweb.google.com/projectpossibility/UCLAVsUSCSS122010Day2#
http://picasaweb.google.com/projectpossibility/UCLAVsUSCSS122010FINAL#

The students from the winning teams will be at CSUN the 25th Annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference, where they will meet with the GNOME developers attending CSUN and the GNOME a11y hackfest.

I hope they decide to continue their work on GNOME accessibility – they are doing a great job!

Magnatune donates $600 thanks to Rhythmbox integration

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Magnatune is an independent record label that aims at treating both its musicians and its customers fairly. There is a Rhythmbox plugin that enables users to browse the Magnatune music store, listen to full tracks, and purchase albums. Our friends at Magnatune decided that 10% of every purchase made through Rhythmbox will go back to the project, and after some discussion, the Rhythmbox team decided to donate this money to the GNOME Foundation.

John Buckman announced yesterday that he will therefore send a $614.20 check to the GNOME Foundation, which was a great surprise! John’s post has some more interesting statistics about how many albums were purchased.

We’re really grateful to Magnatune for their support, and we’d like to also thank the Rhythmbox team for choosing to donate this money to the GNOME Foundation! We think such inventive ways to help fund free software projects are promising, and we will make sure to use this money to help make a difference for the GNOME project. Christophe Fergeau, one of the Rhythmbox hackers, has a post on how you can contribute to improving Rhythmbox with hardware donations.

Stormy’s Update: Week of March 1st

Friday, March 5th, 2010

Followed up on several sponsors for GUADEC. It is looking good from a sponsorship perspective! (Don’t forget to submit your talk proposal!)

Michael Meeks joined the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board representing Novell, replacing Gary Ekker.

Set up some surveys for the board directors to give feedback on each others’ performance.

Way too much time and energy on Foundation List threads. Really liked Dave’s post about consensus driven conversations. Hopefully everyone follows Vincent’s advice and refocuses on making GNOME rock and making the GNOME project a fun place to work.

Short meeting with Jorge Castro who’s been really busy in his new board role!

Board meeting.

Meeting with Rosanna. She’s adding info to the CRM system. I’m trying to help her with Friends of GNOME. Planning a trip to Boston to get on the GNOME Foundation’s bank account.

Looking for someone to help out with the GNOME booth at Texas Linux Fest.

Meeting with Jeffrey Altman about the Meet the Funders event in New York.

Set up some meetings for my trip to San Francisco and Open Mobility next week.

Helped/asked/pushed for some press releases. Hopefully you’ll see some of them soon. (Thanks to Zonker for leading the GNOME press team!)

Wrote thank you emails to people that donated to GNOME.

Generated Google Adwords Campaign Tracking code. Gave it to Jaap and Claus to add to our Friends of GNOME pages.

Sent questions to advisor interviewee for Board of Advisors GNOME Journal interview.

Generated Friends of GNOME February data. Need to blog about it on Foundation blog.

Tried to take a day off to deal with doctors’ appointments and dentist appointments and accountants among other things.

Next week:

  • Trip to San Francisco. Speaking on a panel at Open Mobility.
  • Get the Meet the Funders event planning moving. We’ve scheduled them for May.
  • Continue to work on GUADEC sponsorships.
  • Try to touch base with a few GNOME Board of Advisors folks.
  • Write letter for annual report.
  • Blog about February Friends of GNOME data.

Earthquake in Chile

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

This last February 27th Chile was hit by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake.
GNOME is not removed from this tragedy since it has always relied on the invaluable friendship and collaboration from developers and users in Chile.

This value became evident when just moments after the earthquake when people in the GNOME community first started to express concern and worry about our friends in Chile.

From GNOME we would like to send all our sympathy and support to our friends in Concepción, Curicó, Talca, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso and everyone in Chile.

Fuerza Chile.

El último 27 de Febrero Chile fue golpeado por un terremoto de magnitud 8.8.

GNOME no es ajeno a esta tragedia ya que por años el proyecto ha contado con la invaluable amistad y colaboración de desarrolladores y usuarios chilenos.

Esta gran importancia fue evidente cuando apenas a momentos de sucedido el terremoto los mensajes y llamadas de preocupación por ustedes comenzaron a circular y no se han detenido aún.

Desde GNOME queremos enviarles todo nuestro cariño y apoyo a nuestros amigos en Concepción, Curicó, Talca, Santiago, Viña del Mar, Valparaíso y todo Chile.

Fuerza Chile.

Stormy’s Update: Weeks of February 15th and February 22nd

Monday, March 1st, 2010

I think the number of different projects and conversations I am having has maxed out my multiprocessing capabilities. This week I am going to spend more time logged out of email and working on one project at a time.

  • Presented at IASA. Great conversation. Very interactive group. Made a couple of local government contacts – people involved in promoting open source in government IT infrastructure.
  • Attended OSS Watch phone Advisory Board Meeting.
  • Worked on GUADEC sponsorship. It’s coming along well. Still waiting for a lot of people to finalize plans through.
  • Advisory board meetings. Met with several more adboard members – still haven’t met with everyone though!
  • Board meeting.
  • GNOME Foundation IRC meeting.
  • Several good meetings with Rosanna.
  • Updating the Friends of GNOME gifts spreadsheet for Rosanna (ping her a lot with questions.) I sent her the list of Friends of GNOME Adopt a Hacker folks who have earned their tshirt!
  • Sent new Adopt a Hacker folks contact info to people that will send them post cards.
  • Settled on date and location for Meet the Funders in California. Need to finalize date for New York.
  • Looked into adding conversion tracking to our GNOME ads on Google Adwords.
  • Attended Women’s Caucus meeting. They will have an all day track Sunday at Libre Planet.
  • Attended the Grace Hopper Open Source track committee meeting.
  • Didn’t attend the OpenWorld Forum meeting as they only dial in number was an international number.
  • Agreed to give GNOME keynote at LinuxTag. Johannes Schmid agreed to put together the GNOME track. Please contact him if you are interested in speaking about GNOME at LinuxTag.
  • Sent out thank you email to Friends of GNOME.
  • Worried about all the GNOME folks in Chile.
  • I think we are almost ready to launch the Friends of GNOME ruler. At least it looks very good and I wrote an intro email for the launch!
  • Students on Project Possibility picked several GNOME projects – work on Caribou and Orca.
  • Worked on GNOME’s participation at Idlelo 4.
  • Had a gazillion email conversations on a trillion different topics.

This week:

  • Letter for annual report.
  • Friends of GNOME & Google ads: conversion tracking codes and landing pages.
  • Finish Friends of GNOME gift spreadsheet update.
  • Make sure all GNOME events are on track and well represented by speakers. Help if I can. (Finding people, not attending them all!)
  • Catch up on all my email conversations and make sure nobody is waiting on me …

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