Friends of GNOME Update June 2020

Welcome to the Friends of GNOME Update

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A Victory for Open Source!

We are so, so excited to share the settlement in the legal case levied by Rothschild Patent Imaging against the GNOME Foundation. Ten months after Rothschild Patent Imagining first alleged that GNOME was in violation of one of their patents. In the settlement, Rothschild dropped all charges. Additionally, their patent portfolio is now available for any project using an Open Source Initiative approved license.

You can read an interview between Executive Director Neil McGovern and OpenUK’s Amanda Brock about the case.

GNOME on the Road

The Pan African GNOME Summit might have been postponed, but the organizers are hard at work making community meetings happen. At the first meetup, Neil, Program Coordinator Kristi Progri, and GNOME contributor Sriram Ramkrishna presented on various topics. Melissa Wu, organizer of the Community Engagement Challenge, joined for the second.

GUADEC 2020

The GUADEC 2020 schedule is in place, we have some amazingly generous sponsors, and registration is open!

Why register for a remote, free, online conference? Registering for GUADEC 2020 helps the GUADEC team and the Foundation. By understanding who is attending, where you are coming from, and what your needs are, we are able to plan better conferences in the future. Please consider [registering today][].

Community Engagement Challenge Updates

The deadline for the Community Engagement Challenge is coming up on July 1. Don’t forget to submit your ideas on how we can bring new contributors into free and open source software.

For the Challenge, we’ve recruited four amazing judges: Gina Likins, Manuel Haro Márquez, Murray Saunders, and Allison Randal. They represent a wide range of experience across free software, education, and community and technical excellence.

We Finished the Annual Report!

We published our annual report! Check it out if you want to know what the Foundation accomplished in 2019 and highlights from community successes.

We Had a Fundraiser!

Thank you thank you thank you to everyone who supported the Spring fundraiser. For it, we asked people to think of their donations as votes for where we should focus efforts in the upcoming months. We had two “buckets,” WebKitGTK development for GTK4 and supporting building a stronger GNOME community in Africa. I’d like to also thank Caroline, Emmauele, and Regina Nkemchor Adjeo for their help.

GTK (and Accessibility) Updates

Core GTK Developer Emmanuele Bassi has, as always, been working hard on pushing forward GTK development. In addition to working on vital infrastructure like technical documentation, Emmanuele wrote an outline for upcoming accessibility rework.

Flathub (In China)

Flathub uses a Content Delivery Network (CDN) that does not work in China. Our SysAdmin team noticed this and went on a quest to find a way to bring Flathub to China. We are now using Oracle Cloud to deliver service to China.

Welcome to the New Board!

Just days ago, GNOME Foundation members voted in the Foundation’s annual Board of Directors elections. We’re excited to welcome (and welcome back) Regina Nkemchor Adejo, Robert McQueen, Felipe Borges, and Ekaterina Gerasimova. This will be Regina’s first term on the Board.

Thank you to our departing Board members! Running a foundation is hard work, and we appreciate their volunteer efforts to set vision, direct the Foundation’s activities, make decisions on finances, and go to a lot of important meetings.

GNOME Stands with Black Lives Matter

Earlier in June, Neil published a statement in solidarity with Black Lives Matter. Personally, I am proud to be a member and employee of an organization that understands our role in fighting racism, and how we as a free software community can do better and need to.

From the Community

Thank you!

Thank you for everything you do for GNOME! Whether you are a Friend of GNOME, Foundation member, donor, contributor, or enthusiast, we wouldn’t be here without you!

Friends of GNOME Update May 2020

Welcome to the May 2020 Friends of GNOME Update!

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GNOME on the Road

We might be at home, but we still have a lot to say!

Community Engagement Challenge Update

Free software projects want to grow their contributor bases, and one of the most important ways to do that is to make it easy (and hopefully even fun) to get involved. We’ve teamed up with Endless to work on the Community Engagement Challenge, to get more people involved in GNOME. There is the opportunity for over $20,000 USD in prizes. Entries for ideas for projects to engage new and potential community members are open until July 1.

GNOME Social Hours

Deb Nicholson joined us for the Social Hour this month. She is an expert in free software policy and communities. The conversation focused on how roadmapping and delegation can help grow a healthy community.

There will be another Social Hour in early June, which will be announced on Discourse.

What counts as “GNOME”?

The Board of Directors proposed a new system for how GNOME software is defined. It includes official GNOME software, which will be decided by the release team, and GNOME Circle, apps using the GNOME platform and libraries which extend it. The conversation is happening right now on Discourse, so please join in and share your thoughts.

GTK4 Updates

Core GTK Developer Emmanuele Bassi continues to work on GTK4, including on accessibility and documentation.

Infrastructure Updates

The Infrastructure Team has recently updated a lot of really important software for us, including Discourse, Indico, and Rocket.chat. On a personal note, I am extremely excited about their work updating etherpad.gnome.org, a collaboration resource I use every day.

Interns, Interns, Interns: GSoC and GSoD

We are so pleased to share that we have selected our Google Summer of Code interns! We are very excited to work with these 14 interns on their projects, which cover everything refreshing gnome.org, UI improvements, and development of adaptive technology. Mentors come from across the project, and include Brand Manager Caroline Henriksen.

We will also be participating in Google Season of Docs. There are three mentors, including Emmanuele, ready to work with technical writers who want to help make GNOME a better project through better documentation. You can read about our projects.

Posts from the Community

Thank you!

Thank you for supporting us in the ways you do! If you’re not already a Friend of GNOME, please consider joining to support the activities of the Foundation and its staff.

We’re currently running a Spring fundraiser geared towards growing GNOME in Africa and WebKitGTK development. Tell your friends!

 

Friends of GNOME Update April 2020

Welcome to the April 2020 Friends of GNOME Update!

As spring hits the Northern Hemisphere, the GNOME Foundation staff is busy indoors working on our laptop screen tans hacking, logisticating, organizing, writing, and trading recipes for baked goods.

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GNOME at Home

We might not be on the road, but Melissa Wu, organizer of the Community Engagement Challenge, wrote up a trip report from SCaLE 18x, which has been posted online for your reading pleasure.

Every month there is a Social Hour Event organized by Kristi Progri, Programs Coordinator. This month we had Marie Nordin, Fedora’s new Community and Impact Coordinator.

If you’ve missed seeing us in-person, Executive Director Neil McGovern recently did an interview on the Mike Dominick Show.

If you would like to have Neil, or anyone else on our staff, on your podcast, please drop us a line at info@gnome.org.

GUADEC Updates

After a lot of discussion, GUADEC has moved to be an entirely online event for 2020. While we are disappointed to reschedule our trips to Zacatecas, Mexico to the summer of 2021, we are very excited to meet and learn from GNOME contributors and free software community members who would otherwise be unable to make it.

As GUADEC 2020 will be online, we have extended the call for abstracts, and the deadline is now May 1. If you have an idea for a talk, please share it with us! If you have questions or want someone else to read over your proposal, drop by the #GUADEC channel on the GNOME Rocketchat.

Community Engagement Challenge Launched!

The Community Engagement Challenge is open for Phase One! During Phase One, you are invited to submit proposals for projects that will help get coders involved in free and open source software communities.

If you have any questions about the Challenge or are interested in helping to promote it, please email cechallenge@gnome.org directly.

Outreach Updates

The GNOME Engagement Team launched a University Outreach Initiative! Their purpose is two-fold: to increase awareness of GNOME technologies in universities and education institutions; and increase awareness of opportunities within the GNOME community. You can get involved by visiting the channel on Rocketchat or Discourse.

Technical Updates

Accessibility in GTK4

Emmanuele Bassi, core GTK developer, has been working on unraveling the construction of the accessibility stack. He fixed several issues, and has clear next step plans.

Data Centers and Services

We’re moving data centers! Andrea Veri and Bartłomiej Piotrowsk have been taking us across the United States as we transfer data centers. They have setup three new servers and upgraded 15 virtual machines.

News From the Community

Thank you!

Thank you for reading! If you’re not already a Friend of GNOME, please consider becoming one and helping to support the Foundation and work we do for the community.

Friends of GNOME Update February 2020

Welcome to the February 2020 Friends of GNOME Update! February was a lot of fun for us, and we’re excited to share what we’ve been up to.

GNOME on the Road

We went to FOSDEM! You can read all about it on the Engagement Blog.

While at FOSDEM, Molly de Blanc gave two sessions, one on ethics and IoT and one debate on licenses advancing social goals. Neil McGovern joined a discussion on the relevance of the Free Software and Open Source Definitions today.

March is a very exciting month for us.

SCaLE

Neil, Melissa Wu, and Rosanna Yuen will be at SCaLE 18X! You will be able to find them in Pasadena, California, US on March 5 – 8 at the GNOME Booth.

March 14 – 15, Molly and Neil can be found in Boston, MA, US at LibrePlanet. We will have a booth where you can chat, learn about GNOME, and, of course, pick up swag.

Come March 19 – 22, Molly and Neil will be in Singapore at FOSSASIA. Molly will be talking about open source citizenship.

Accessibility Roadmap (and GTK4)

The GTK and accessibility hackfest in Brussels, BE was great! Emmanuele Bassi wrote about the hackfest on the GTK blog.

Highlights include developing the schedule for the next snapshot of GTK4; working on features blocking the release of GTK4; and reviewing the current state of accessibility and working on a roadmap for those issues. We’d like to add a special thank you to Hypra for their help in our accessibility work.

Join us in Nigeria and Mexico!

Social Hour

In January, Justin W. Flory joined us for a social hour, a time to casually discuss topics relevant to the GNOME community. Justin does a lot of great things for free and open source software, but the focus of the social hour was his work with the Fedora diversity and inclusion initiative.

Technical Updates

We have some exciting technical work going on. This includes the upcoming addition of three servers. We are busy migrating a number of our web sites to OpenShift, including Indico, which powers events.gnome.org.

GNOME Challenge Update

Several months ago we announced the GNOME Coding Education Challenge. A lot of planning has happened since then, and a lot of changes. To keep up with everything going on you can sign up here.

Thank you!

Thank you so much for being a Friend of GNOME!

Friends of GNOME Update January 2020

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.

In January we’ll be at Sustain Summit 2020 in Brussels, Belgium. Shortly afterwards, you will be able to find us at FOSDEM on February 1-2!

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 kprogri@gnome.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:

Thank you!

Thank you so much for supporting GNOME! If you’re not already, consider becoming a Friend of GNOME and help sustain our work.

Friends of GNOME Update December 2019

This is it! The last Friends of GNOME Update for 2019! We have a lot planned for 2020, so stay tuned for more Updates!

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GNOME on the Road

November was full of excitement for us. We went around the world, bringing GNOME to exciting locations, from New York to Shanghai.

Executive Director Neil McGovern went to China Open Source Convention in Shanghai, China. While there, he gave two talks, one about the importance of free software on the desktop, and one about why open source is about communities.

We also hosted a very successful Linux App Summit in beautiful Barcelona, Spain with our friends from KDE.

Strategic Initiatives Manager Molly de Blanc could be found at Sustain NYC in Brooklyn, NY, talking about sustainability in open source.

January looks quite for the GNOME Foundation, but at the end of the month you can find us in Brussels, Belgium at FOSDEM, CopyleftConf, the GNOME hackfest, and other ancillary events.

On that note…

GTK Hackfest in Brussels, Belgium!

Are you going to be in Brussels January 28 – 31? We’re hosting a GTK hackfest. We have two main goals for this hackfest: determining the requirements for a new accessibility stack inside GTK and identifying the remaining GTK4 blockers.

Rothschild Patent Imaging alleged that Shotwell is in violation of one of their patents. People, especially within the free and open source communities, have been stepping up to help us raise funds for the case. We have so far raised over $150,000 from more than 4,000 donors. You can read more on our blog.

Friends of GNOME Drive

We’re aiming to have 100 new Friends of GNOME join us by January 6, 2020. If you’re not a Friend of GNOME, please consider signing up. If you already are, consider telling a friend of sharing on social media how to become a Friend of GNOME.

Flathub Updates

One of the things we do as a Foundation is host Flathub, an app store and build service for Linux. We’ve been busy making some updates to help it run more smoothly for the end user.

Flathub works with Flatpak, which is celebrated its fifth birthday on December 17. Happy birthday!

Thanks, AWS!

AWS donated credits to GNOME. GNOME infrastructure uses AWS S3 as a service as file storage for the many Docker images that are updated daily.

GUADEC and GNOME.Asia

GUADEC 2020 is going to take place in Zacatecas, Mexico! Planning is already in full swing, with the local team working hard.

The call for GNOME.Asia 2020 hosts is now open! Do you live in Asia and think you’re ready to organize a GNOME.Asia in your hometown? The deadline for proposals is 17 January 2020 and we’re happy to help you out! Feel free to direct questions to gnome-asia-committee-list@gnome.org.

Outreachy This Winter

We have two brand new Outreachy interns! Sonja Heinze will be working on Fractal, while Pryanka Saggu will be busy with the GNOME translation editor, Gtranslator. We’d like to shout out to their mentors, Jordan Petridis, Daniel García Moreno, and Daniel Mustieles García. You can follow their adventures on their blogs, which are linked to above.

Thank you!

As always, thank you!

Friends of GNOME Update – October 2019

Welcome to the October 2019 Friends of GNOME Update!

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GNOME on the Road

  • Molly de Blanc and Sri Ramkrishna were at All Things Open this past month. They both gave talks, ran a booth, and met lots of great people who were excited to learn about GNOME. They ran out of stickers.
  • Neil McGovern and Rosanna Yuen attended GNOME.Asia Summit, both delivering keynotes! While he was in Indonesia, Neil also delivered a keynote at openSUSE.Asia Summit.
  • Board member Carlos Soriano spoke at GitLab Commit about how GNOME uses GitLab.
  • Not quite on the road, but Neil was on FLOSS Weekly. You can watch the episode on their web site.

If you have a GNOME-related speaking engagement coming up, feel free to drop us a line!

Patented

Technical developments

  • There have been changes to buildbot in order to accommodate the latest release of the FreeDesktop SDK.
  • You can now find org.freedesktop.Sdk.Extension.golang for FreeDesktop SDK 19.08 and io.qt.qtwebkit.BaseApp for KDE runtime 5.13.

Read all about it!

LAS

  • Along with our friends at KDE, we’re organizing the Linux App Summit (LAS). LAS is taking place this year in Barcelona, Spain, from November 12 – 15th. Registration is open so sign up today.

Thank you!

As always, thank you for being a Friend of GNOME!

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Friends of GNOME Update — September 2019

At the end of August we wrapped up GUADEC and in September we shifted our focus to the GNOME 3.34 release.

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GNOME 3.34 released

On September 12, GNOME 3.34 released! Named after the location of the most recent GUADEC, Thessaloniki includes refreshed visuals, custom folders in the application overview, increased data sources in Sysprof, and multiple improvements to Builder.

We had a GUADEC!

GUADEC 2019 took place in beautiful Thessaloniki, Greece. We learned a lot in the conference sessions on the core days (videos available online); we had great strategic planning sessions and workshops during the BoF days; and had two fun day trips, with one group going to a beach and the other exploring museums in Thessaloniki. A full trip report is online. We’d like to give a thank you to the organizing team and the GUADEC sponsors.

GNOME on the Road

Federico Mena was recently at CCOSS, where he gave a keynote and ran a workshop. Molly de Blancwent to GitLab Commit and spoke about GNOME’s migration to GitLab.

Carlos Soriano, from the GNOME Board of Directors, will be at GitLab commit in London, on October 9th, discussing GNOME’s implementation of GitLab.

GNOME.Asia: Gresik, Indonesia

GNOME.Asia will be held in Gresik, Indonesia on October 11-13th. We hope you’ll make it to GNOME.Asia. There is a stellar list of speakers, including the Foundation’s own Neil McGovern and Rosanna Yuen delivering keynotes, along with Stephanus Koeswandi and Andika Triwidada. Registration is now open, so register today!

Linux Application Summit

LAS is coming up! If you’re going to be in Barcelona November 12-15th (or want to be!) please join us in growing the Linux application system. A schedule is online and registration is now open.

Endless & GNOME <3 Education

At GUADEC, we announced a collaboration with Endless: the Coding Education Challenge. We’re looking for innovative ideas to teach coding with free and open source software, with prizes up to $100,000 for winning proof of concept. More details to come!

Bylaw Updates Update

Last month we wrote about proposed changes to the bylaws. These changes 1) increase the length of terms of members of the Board of Directors and 2) change the language in the bylaws to be gender neutral. There was a vote at the Annual General Meeting, where both proposals passed.

Thank you!

Thank you for your interest in GNOME! Whether you’re using it, contributing code, writing, design, or anything else, if you’re attending events, or if you’re just enthusiastic about what we do, you’re part of the community! If you’re not already a Friend of GNOME, please consider becoming one to support the awesome work we do.

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Friends of GNOME Update – August 2019

Welcome to the August 2019 Friends of GNOME Update!

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Where we went

Neil, Molly, and Rosanna went to OSCON, in Portland, OR. While there, we met with people from other free software projects and companies developing open source, or with open source programs offices. Following OSCON, there was the West Coast Hackfest, during which the Documentation, GTK, and Engagement teams met and got a bunch of work done. There are some photos you can check out on our Twitter account.

Molly attended FrOSCon, giving a keynote entitled “Open Source Citizenship for Everyone!” On September 17th, Molly will be at GitLab Commit in Brooklyn, NY.

Federico Mena will be at CCOSS in Guadalajara, México, September 14 – 15th. There he will run a workshop on GNOME and deliver a keynote presentation.

Update to the Bylaws

Like many non-profits, the GNOME Foundation is governed by a set of bylaws. Our bylaws cover such things as membership, the rights and responsibilities of board directors, and other important organizational and legal infrastructure. Changes in the bylaws must be approved by members of the Foundation. Announced in July, a vote on these amendments will take place at the 2019 AGM (Annual General Meeting) at GUADEC. Should it be passed, board member terms will be extended, and language in the bylaws will be changed to be gender neutral.

Interns, Interns, Interns!

Our Google Summer of Code and Outreachy interns have been active with their projects, making things and making things happen! We’d like to shine a spotlight on the work of Ravgeet Dhillon, who has been working on the GTK web site.

You can read more about our GSoC interns and their projects on the GSoC web site; Outreachy interns are highlighted on the Outreachy web site, where you can also find links to their project blogs.

Technical developments

With thanks to Matthias Classen for his help, a new constraint layout manager is ready for launch.

We’ve improved several pieces of GNOME project infrastructure, including GitLab runners, Pastebin spam removal, migrating mailing lists, and building up the GUADEC web site.

We have also updated Flathub infrastructure, namely the x86_64 builders. We have also made it so application and freedesktop.org maintainers can better test runtimes.

Working together for the community

The Inclusion & Diversity team officially launched! Initial efforts include events at GUADEC, including coordination around the Women’s Dinner, the Newcomer’s Lunch, an I&D BoF, and workshops on impostor syndrome and unconscious bias.

In preparation for GUADEC, community members, volunteers, and GNOME Foundation staff took an incident response training facilitated by Sage Sharp of Otter Tech.

LAS

Along with our friends at KDE, we’re organizing the Linux App Summit (LAS). LAS is taking place this year in Barcelona, Spain, November 12 – 15th.

The LAS CfP is open! You can (and should) submit a talk! It can relate directly to the conference tracks (listed on the CfP page), but tracks are designed to inspire ideas. Feel free to think outside of them and come up with a different topic.

GUADEC Update

GUADEC is happening as we speak (so to speak)! We want to extend an extra welcome to the event for those of you who are here! Please feel free to take this opportunity to meet the Foundation staff and talk with us about the work we’re doing, that you’re helping to support.

Thank you!

Are you a Friend of GNOME? If so, thank you! If not, become one today! Every month we deliver this newsletter to the inboxes of Friends of GNOME with a healthy dose of that warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with knowing you’re supporting software freedom for people all over the world.

Friends of GNOME Update – July 2019

Welcome to the July 2019 Friends of GNOME Update!

New Board of Directors

Members of the GNOME Foundation voted in the annual elections for this year’s board of directors. The current board consists of:

    • Allan Day
    • Carlos Soriano
    • Federico Mena Quintero
    • Robert McQueen
    • Philip Chimento
    • Britt Yazel
    • Tristan Van Berkom

Congratulation to the new board! You can learn more about the board and what it does online.

Where are we going?

OSCON takes place in Portland, OR, USA July 17 – 18th, and we’ll be there! Feel free to stop by the booth and come and say hello. There is also a hackfest July 18 – 21st, also in Portland, OR. The Engagement team, the Documentation team, and the GTK team are all currently scheduled to participate.

Programs coordinator Kristi Progri will be at DebConf 19 in Curitiba, Brazil later this month as well.

Of course, we’ll be at GUADEC, August 23 – 28th in Thessaloniki, Greece! Registration is now open. We hope to see you there!

What we’ve been up to

GTK development

We’re moving forward with exciting new things for GTK, including completing the consistent layout manager for GTK 4. We’re working on an API to make creating custom layouts easier. Focusing on usability across machines, we’ve put a significant amount of work into memory usage, to help things run more smoothly on small and low-powered devices.

We’re using GNOME!

Flatpak.org was running on Google Analytics, but that is no more! We are now using GNOME Matomo.

Inclusion, Diversity, and GNOME

GNOME is launching a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) initiative to help the community become even better. They are working on revamping some web pages, working on the wiki, and putting together some special workshops and events to help people find their places within the community.

Check out the Annual Report!

Thanks to contributors, the board, and staff, we have a beautiful annual report that highlights what happened during the 2018 fiscal year. You can read it online.

## Meet the GNOMEies

This month we highlighted Sriram Ramkrishna. known around free and open source software communities as Sri.

Thank you!

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