GNOME Website Plan for 2.28

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We’re working hard to have a beta version of the GNOME website by September 21, GNOME 2.28 release. I’m trying to keep everyone very focused in a clear and concrete plan:

http://live.gnome.org/GnomeWeb/TwoPointTwentyseven

The May 27 milestone was a total success! So, what do we have now? The Content team (working with the Marketing team) has the initial plan for the content structure. The Design team has published the initial design proposal for the website. The CMS team has set an initial plan for the basic content, front page, translation and deployment. The Plone work is all being documented in our wiki.

The next milestone (June 15) is about consolidating the content structure, delivering the final design in an implementable form (HTML/CSS), setting up a test website in GNOME servers and having front page and basic content types implemented in our Plone instance. Paul is now working on mapping the content that was previously produced to make sure we reuse it as much as possible. Andreas and Vinicius want feedback on the proposed design and will be working on implementing the design in HTML/CSS during this milestone so that it can be easily applied in our Plone website.

New contributors are more than welcome! If you think you can help with content and design, please subscribe to marketing list. If you want to contribute to the Plone implementation, join the web mailing list. In all cases, please introduce yourself after you’re subscribed.

Promote the Friends of GNOME program!

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Thanks to the nice work the marketing team has been doing, we now have a bunch of cool badges to promote the Friends of GNOME program! I’ve already added a badge to my blog – and Stormy, Glynn, Behdad, Jonh, Paul, Jaap, Andreas, and many others too. What are you waiting for? Go to our Friends of GNOME promotion page and add one of our badges to your website! Besides that, any help on spreading the word about the program is more than welcome!

We’ll be probably posting something about the program status soon.

The GNOME Journal, May Edition

The GNOME Journal is back! A brand new issue has just been published! It features an interview with Stormy Peters, the Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation by Jayson Rowe, a review of the Gourmet Recipe Manager application by Sriram Ramkrishna, a look at the GConf Configuation System for developers by Natan Yellin, an Introduction to the Message Indicator for developers by Ken VanDine, and a letter from our editor, Jim Hodapp.

Special thanks goes to Paul Cutler who coordinated the release of this edition!

Read now: http://www.gnomejournal.org

New Friends of GNOME

We have just released the new Friends of GNOME website! It’s not only a new website, we now have:

  • Much more clear presentation of the program which we hope will help us on getting more donors;
  • “Adopt a Hacker” option, which allows you to subscribe for a monthly $10 donation;
  • New gifts for donors: mugs, t-shirts, postcards, stickers, etc;

Big thanks to:

  • Stormy, who’s responsible for the whole new presentation of the program;
  • Zana, who’s the program admin, handling the relationship with donors and all the daily tasks surrounding Friends of GNOME;
  • Andreas and Kalle, for the new website design;
  • Owen, for the help on setting up the new website in the GNOME servers;
  • GNOME marketing folks, who helped us with feedback and ideas;
  • Everyone else who made this happen!

If you have any issues, suggestions, ideas about the new website, email us (fundraising at gnome.org).

So, what are you waiting for!? Go and Adopt a Hacker today!

GNOME Annual Report 2008 Kickoff

It’s time to start working on our 2008 annual report (actually, we’re already late…)! Last year we had a very nice report. So, let’s make it even better this year! I’ve created a wiki page to organize the work. The current content is just an initial proposal. Feel free to add your ideas there.

Any kind of contribution is welcome! There are several ways to help:

  • Assign yourself to write one of the sections
  • Add links, references and other information sources to help writers to produce the content
  • Add new ideas, suggest, review the content
  • Add links to high resolution photos of GNOME people
  • Anything else! :-)

I’ll soon start to directly contact some people for specific tasks (as this is a more effective way of getting volunteers). Anyway, if you want to help and/or have any questions, feel free to contact me.

In Boston

So, I just arrived in Boston. When I got to the hotel, my room was not ready yet so I had to randomly walk around the city for about 1 hour. I was quite tired but it was a nice walk after all. I found this nice bookstore where I bought two books I was looking for with very good prices: the biographies of Coltrane (by Ratliff) and Davis (by Davis). I’m reading now the biography of Jimi Hendrix (by Cross). Cool stuff.

Anyway, if you’re around and want to have dinner/a beer this week, just let me know.

GNOME 3.0

GNOME 3.0

So, just after the Kris‘ keynote presenting the GTK+ 3.0 plans, we, your beloved release team, quickly presented our proposed plan for GNOME 3.0. There are still lots of details to discuss but the important thing is that our proposed mindset for 3.0 is in place for discussion now. It involves a relatively smooth transition from 2.x to 3.x, a more focused and inclusive development process, long-term development cycles, and more. We hope to get some fruitful discussions during GUADEC and to present the plan in a more structured and detailed way to everyone soon.