Candidacy: Vincent Untz

More details about my GNOME life is available on VincentUntz.

75 words Summary

Hi, here I am, Vincent, 7 gnome-years old now. I'm running for the Foundation Board this year, after thinking hard about it. I believe the Foundation is doing great; it's certainly not perfect, but my feeling is that things have improved in the past few years. Being on the Board is the way I choose to make sure this goes on. Of course, I could pretend I'm perfect and... wait, I'm not perfect?

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I started contributing to GNOME in 2002, and I've been working in various areas of the project since then -- bug triage, code, release management, local promotion, Foundation, etc. I have some irrational love for what we're doing!

I've been increasingly happy with what the Foundation has done in the past few years, and I believe this trend can go on if we keep working hard. And I'd like to help here. Of course, there's no need to be on the board to help (yes, everybody can contribute to the Foundation, don't tell me you didn't know that!).

I'm running for a few reasons:

  • I will have time for this role. Yes, it's worth mentioning ;-)

  • I think I've done a relatively good job as a board member in the current term. Nothing huge (or at least, I don't remember anything huge), but certainly enough to make me happy.
  • I know the community well, and I'm comfortable with talking to anybody in our community (or not), about any topic. I also believe people can come to me and discuss anything without any problem. Of course, I might be mistaken ;-) But if I'm not, then it's a good thing for helping coordinate stuff.

  • I somehow like to do some of the boring parts that other people usually don't enjoy. I said "some" :-)

Also, I enjoy sending my candidacy mail just before the deadline. This probably means something about me...

Previous and current responsibilities in the GNOME project

Apparently, it's now mandatory to list responsabilities. Here's what I can think of.


  • GNOME Foundation Director (2006-...)
  • Member of the Release Team (2005-...), and Release Manager (2007-...)
  • Member of the Planet GNOME Editors (2009-...)
  • Co-maintainer of various modules (gnome-desktop, gnome-menus, gnome-panel, gnome-session, libgweather, libwnck, pessulus), although not actively working on all of them at the same time.


  • Member of the Membership Committee (2002-2005); I chaired the committee for most of that period
  • Active member of the Bug Squad (2002-some unclear date)
  • Google Summer of Code co-administrator for GNOME (2006-2008)
  • Contributor to the fr translation team. This includes some translations, but mainly the creation of vertimus (but most credit should go to St├ęphane Raimbault who improved it a lot; it can be thought as a prototype of the workflow features of the current website)

FoundationBoard/Elections2009/VincentUntz (last edited 2009-05-25 19:18:40 by SusanaPereira)