Welcome to 2020 and the Friends of GNOME Update! We’d like to especially welcome all the new Friends of GNOME who joined during the Friends of GNOME drive at the end of 2019.
GNOME on the Road
We spent the end of 2019 at home and on vacation, preparing us for the excitement that 2020 is bringing.
- Saturday 12:00 (La Fontaine): Molly de Blanc will be speaking on ethics and IoT.
- Saturday 14:00 (UA2.220): Neil McGovern will be debating on whether the 4 Freedoms and OSD are outdated and no longer relevant in 2020.
- Saturday 15:00 (UA2.220): Molly will be debating on the question of should licenses be designed to advance general social goals.
On Saturday, February 1, we will be having GNOME Beers at Bonnefooi starting at 19:30. It is located at Rue des Pierres 8, 10000 Brussels.
We will also have a booth at FOSDEM, where we’ll have stickers, smiles, and answers to your GNOME related questions. We’re always looking for people to hang out with us at the booth, and if you’re interested in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Following FOSDEM, many of us will be at CopyLeft Conf, also in Brussels. So come by and say hi!
Molly will also be in Lagos, Nigeria for Open Source Festival, hosted by Open Source Africa, February 20 – 22. At Open Source Festival, Regina Nkemchor will run a workshop on “Improving the Linux User Experience for Aftrican Users” through GNOME.
Hackfest in Brussels
We’ll be hacking away at our first hackfest of 2020 January 28-31 in beautiful Brussels, Belgium! We’ll be working on GTK and accessibility. We’re especially looking for people who with accessibility experience and those who use adaptive technology to provide feedback.
We expanded the team
We’re excited to introduce you to Caroline Henriksen and Melissa Wu! Caroline is our new Brand Manager and Melissa will be overseeing the Coding Education Challenge.
Have you been following the Rothschild Patent Imaging case? Rothschild raised allegations against the GNOME Foundation for patent violation. Our Motion to Dismiss has been confirmed and will be presented to a judge on February 27.
If you want to help support our legal feeds, please donate to our Patent Troll Defense Fund.
2019 Year in Review
Over the final few weeks of 2019, we shared a number of news items and blog entries about our work over the past year. You can read them online:
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