GNOME T-Shirt Design Contest Extended

The GNOME T-Shirt Design Contest was supposed to come to a close on January 15th.  Due to some technical issues with the submission form, we are extending the contest two weeks through the end of the month.  The contest will now close at 11:59 p.m. UTC on January 31st.

There were a few periods where the submission form was broken and your entry may not have been submitted.  If you would like to confirm we have received your entry, please email Paul Cutler to inquire.  We apologize for the inconvenience.

GNOME Q3 Status Report Released

The GNOME Foundation’s Q3 status report has been released!

GUADEC, the annual GNOME conference, was held in the third quarter of 2010 and many teams had a chance to get to gether face to face. The GNOME Foundation hired a system adminsitrator, the GNOME.Asia conference in August was a success, and progress was made on GNOME 3.0. Read about all this and more!

GNOME Foundation 2009 Annual Report

The GNOME Foundation 2009 Annual Report has been released and is available for download (30 MB, PDF).

The annual report is a summary of GNOME community activities in 2009. It includes a review of the year, accounts of various community activities and events around the world, an interview with the GNOME Release team, and GNOME Foundation development actions during the year.

Please note that the 2009 Annual Report covers the calendar year (Jan – Dec) while GNOME’s fiscal year is Oct – Sept.  Next year’s annual report will be moving to cover the fiscal year to better align the finance portion of the annual report.  The interview with the release team was also conducted prior to the announcement of GNOME 3.0 being pushed back until April, 2011.

The 2009 GNOME Annual Report is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike license.

Friends of GNOME Benefits

The GNOME Foundation is excited to announce a partnership with  All Friends of GNOME monthly and annual subscribers who donate $10 USD or more per month now can receive a free annual subscription to LWN!

Friends of GNOME subscribers have been emailed about the offer.  If you did not receive the email and you are a Friends of GNOME subscriber, please contact Paul Cutler for more information.

GNOME Foundation is hiring!


The GNOME project is an effort to create and provide a complete, free and easy-to-use desktop and mobile environment accessible to all users, as well as a powerful application development framework for software developers. GNOME technologies are used in millions of desktops, phones and devices around the world.

The GNOME Foundation supports the GNOME project by acting 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, providing business development opportunities for GNOME and its partners, hosting GNOME events and marketing GNOME.

Comprised of thousands of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member directed, non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap.

Executive Director

The GNOME Foundation is currently recruiting an Executive Director to run and grow The GNOME Foundation and project by engaging volunteers, governments, partners, companies and independent organizations. The Executive Director will work to develop and maintain programs to further GNOME’s goals, to promote the benefits of the GNOME platform, and encourage contribution and collaboration within the GNOME ecosphere. Applicants for this job would be able to work effectively on their own, with little oversight, while possessing clear communications and persuasion skills so as to be comfortable talking about GNOME in front of large crowds at conferences, executives in boardrooms, one-on-one with heads of state, and with the GNOME volunteer community.


Job Location: Home based with broadband connection (ideally North American or Western European Time Zones).

Required Skills & Responsibilities


  • Able to run the day-to-day operations of The GNOME Foundation and manage staff.
  • Able to lead in a distributed volunteer, open source non-profit
  • Outstanding planning, writing and communication skills (including public speaking).
  • Strong management and delegation skills.
  • Strong multitasking skills – driving multiple projects simultaneously and successfully.
  • Ability to be productive through self-motivation and self-discipline
  • Manage existing relationships as well as develop new ones.
  • Implement services and programs according with the vision and mission of the Foundation.
  • Agreeable and able to travel internationally up to 25% of the time.

Community engagement

  • Develop community outreach programs.
  • Demonstrated experience managing volunteer or free/open source software projects from development to execution.
  • Demonstrated experience leading international and virtual or free/open source software teams.
  • Recruit and retain new volunteers in many different skill sets from marketing to development to design.
  • Experienced with managing and tracking many diverse projects at once including motivating, engaging and working with volunteer community members.
  • Develop stronger relationships with significant GNOME deployments and the larger GNOME community.
  • Develop new programs to expand GNOME’s ecosystem, like developer documentation, training or consulting opportunities.
  • Business development and management.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience in the desktop and mobile industries. Solid understanding of desktop and mobile free/open source technologies and the competitive landscape.
  • Manage existing Advisory Board relationships and develop new Advisory Board partnerships.
  • Explore and develop new business development opportunities.
  • Manage partner relationships.
  • Manage sponsorship relationships.
  • Managing Advisory Board relationships.

Financial management and fund raising

  • Should have fund raising experience and a proven track record.
  • Develop and run fund raising campaigns.

Strategic marketing & planning

  • Represent GNOME at professional and community conferences, and in internet forums (blogging, etc.).
  • Do short and long term strategic planning for the Foundation.
  • Brand / image management.
  • Engage in short and long term strategic planning for the Foundation.

To Apply

We welcome all interested and qualified candidates to apply by sending their resume and an email explaining their interest to

Boston Summit is coming!

We are just over two weeks away from the Boston Summit! Thank you to J5 for helping organize the Boston Summit and finding rooms. More information is available on the Boston Summit wiki page.

A couple quick notes:

We’ll see you there!

KDE and GNOME Desktop Summit 2011 from 6 to 12 August

The Desktop Summit is a co-located event which features the yearly contributor conferences of the GNOME and KDE communities, GUADEC and Akademy. Next year the conference will take place from 6 to 12 August, 2011 in the city center of Berlin at the Humboldt University, Unter den Linden. The event will feature keynotes, talks, workshops and team building events.

Find the official announcement of KDE e.V. and the GNOME Foundation here and the Desktop Summit website here.

Desktop Summit

The GNOME and KDE communities develop the majority of Free Software desktop technology. Increasingly, they cooperate on underlying infrastructure. By holding their annual developer flagship events in the same location, the two projects hope to foster collaboration and discussion between their developer communities. Furthermore, KDE and GNOME aim to work more closely with the rest of the desktop and mobile open source community. The summit presents a unique opportunity for all of us to work together and improve the free and open source desktop for all.

At the Desktop Summit 2011 the organizing team expects well over a thousand core contributors, prominent open source technology leaders, government, education and corporate representatives and hundreds of open source desktop engineers, usability experts and designers. Local and international IT industry are invited to learn about and join in developing the latest innovative desktop technology. The event is locally supported by the TSB Innovation Agency Berlin GmbH and the Berlin Senate.


Berlin Mitte with the University

The conference will take place at the 200 year old Humboldt University in the district of Under den Linden, part of the city center of Berlin. This area has plenty of good hotels and hostels, great restaurants and shopping areas and good public transport – all that in walking distance. Cultural needs can be met by the near-by Deutsches Historisches Museum, the City Library of Berlin and many other prominent buildings and institutions. A must-see for visitors of Berlin, the Brandenburger Tor, can be found on the street the university is on.

The registration for the Desktop Summit will open on 1 February 2011 and a call for papers will be issued. Talk submissions will be due on 15th of March and one month later the conference program will be announced. Saturday 6 August kicks off 3 days of joint keynotes, talks and social events followed by four days of collaborative workshops. The conference officially ends on Friday, 12 August.

Important dates

  • 1 February: registration for Desktop Summit will open; Call for Papers issued.
  • 15 March: Deadline for travel & hotel reimbursement requests. Registration remains open until the conference.
  • 15 April: Feedback on travel and hotel reimbursement requests.
  • 6 – 8 August: Kickoff and joint keynotes, talks and social events
  • 9 August: General Assembly of KDE e.V.; Gnome Foundation meeting
  • 9-12 August: Collaborative workshops

Website up

Meanwhile the website went online on where you can read a bit of information on the conference, its history, the upcoming desktop summit and the location. More content will be added over the coming months. You can also subscribe for news on the conference so you will be notified whenever there is something going on.

GNOME Foundation Hires a Sysadmin

The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the hiring of Christer Edwards to fill the position of system administrator.  Christer joins the GNOME Foundation in a part-time role and will be responsible for working with GNOME’s volunteer sysadmin team in mantaining GNOME’s infrastructure.

The GNOME Foundation would like to thank all the candidates who applied for the system administrator position.

The Board would also like to thank the interview panel of Jonathan Blandford, Bradley Kuhn and Brad Taylor.  Jonathan, Bradley and Brad conducted numerous interviews and we are grateful for the time they spent during this process.

The Board would also like to thank the interview panel of Jonathan Blandford, Bradley Kuhn and Brad Taylor.  Jonathan, Bradley and Brad conducted numerous interviews and we are grateful for the time they spent during this process.

Welcome aboard Christer!

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