Minutes for Meeting of January 18th, 2011

Next Meeting

  • February 1st, 2011


  • Andreas Nilsson
  • Bastien Nocera
  • Emily Chen
  • Germán Póo-Caamaño
  • Og Maciel
  • Paul Cutler
  • Rosanna Yuen



  • Brian Cameron

Recurring Items

  • Review past action items.
  • Did each person with action items send their status reports to the board list before the meeting?
  • Approve and make sure that minutes of last meeting were published to foundation-announce and foundation-list.
  • Make sure to start up the gobby server for better note taking.
  • Update foundation.gnome.org website.

New Items

  • Mono Hackfest:
  • Event Box:
    • FOSDEM is in a couple of weeks and GNOME 3 is around the corner. Having a functional Event Box in Europe is a must.
    • Bastien will ask to Murray to insist to UPS wrt the lost Event Box.
    • We are going to replace the old event box with a new one. €3,000 would be ok, but it should not restricted to that. If it were necessary, €5,000 well spent still would be ok. The figures are approximate.
    • [ACTION]: Bastien to e-mail Murray about contacting UPS one more time regarding the lost Event Box.

  • Friends of GNOME (FoG) updates
    • Needs to follow up with those who have deliverables.
      • Not getting replies. Does the Board have any suggestions?
    • Keeping Previous Donors web page up to date.
    • Helping Rosanna track new subscriptions and donations.
      • GIMP
        • [ACTION]: Bastien to e-mail GIMP about changing their website, and procedure for donating.

      • Women's Outreach
      • a11y
  • Canonical notified the board of their plans to ship Qt by default.
    • http://www.markshuttleworth.com/archives/568

    • Discussing how to respond.
    • What can we do to improve the popularity of GTK+?
      • Better documentation, examples for User and Developer documentation may improve GTK+'s appeal.
      • Someone should take on spearheading a series of conversations, hackfests, etc .to raise GTK+ awareness.
        • GNOME Journal themed publication with coding tutorials?
        • Get some articles re-published from LWN?

Completed Actions

  • Brian - Will discuss with Bradley Kuhn ideas about how to improve GNOME/a11y Fundraising.
  • Paul - Will do a call for agenda items to the Advisory Board list.

Status of action items

  • Andreas - Will follow up with Andrew Savory from LiMo to see if relevant information from their GTK+ study can be made more public. (will ping again).

  • Andreas - To ask Kat if she can reach out to the gnome-de@gnome.org mailing list about finding local German volunteers to help with the Desktop Summit 2011. (will ping again)

  • Andreas - Will send out emails to get more contacts or suggestions for someone who may be interested in applying.
  • Bastien - Will try to find people who can consolidate the feedback about the Texas Instruments Zoom2 device to provide back to Texas Instruments.
  • Bastien - Will take over the internal review process task from Diego Urrelo (hopefully he can automate it).
  • Bastien - To find a way to automate the process of exporting results from internal review process and email it to the board.
  • Bastien - To discuss the use of badges (a-la Creative Commons, last.fm page colors, or PSN badges).
  • Bastien - To talk to Olav Vitters about using bugzilla to track Friends of GNOME post card sending.
  • Bastien - To get _a_ WebOS/Palm contact from Lennart Poettering.
  • Bastien - To contact the BBC to discuss about possible collaboration in working directly with GNOME.
  • Bastien - Will reach out to Dave Richards from the City of Largo to plan for a hackfest there.
  • Brian - Develop trademark usage forms for common use cases. James Vasile from legal is working with Brian on this.
  • Brian - Check records of organizations with existing contracts to use the GNOME trademark. Taken over from Vincent Untz. Look at the archives in 2005 and try to determine which companies can use the GNOME trademark. Know what kind of contracts we had with them. Taken over from Jorge.
  • Germán - To discuss with GNOME Hispano about them handling GNOME Foundation money in Euros (€).
  • Germán - To track if the new method of boletos generates more or less money from Brazil.
  • Germán - To have a draft Fiscal Year Budget in October for the board to review.
  • Germán - Will provide an updated budget for review that we'll plan to send to foundation-list for community review.
  • Germán - Will assist with the GNOME 3 as a Foundation goal task and to help in getting the GNOME 3 as a Foundation Goal survey topics together. (Handing over to someone else.)
  • Og - Update the blog and planet to highlight that people are expected to sign and follow the GNOME Code of Conduct.
    • As per Paul's recommendation, I have emailed Vincent to ask him what his idea is for doing this.
    • Still haven't heard back from vuntz
    • Still on ToDo.

  • Og - Will work to update the GNOME websites to update pages that refer to Stormy as the Executive Director.
    • Still on ToDo.

  • Og - To look into Google Checkout as an annual payment option for FoG.
    • Still on ToDo.

  • Og - Will email the ED mailing list and ask for an update on how the hiring process is going, how many applications, etc.
  • Og - Will email the foundation-list mailing list with a reminder of January 12th IRC meeting time details.
  • Paul - Will send an email to the foundation-list and the gnucash list seeking someone to take over the GnuCash automation. Taken over from Behdad Esfahbod.

  • Paul - To start work on next 2011 Annual Report ASAP (due start FY2012).
  • Paul - Will work with Gil Forcada from guifi.net and gnome-marketing to define the best way for organizations like guifi.net to participate in the GNOME community. Not many replies from the community. Diego Urrelo will draft something more concrete for gnome-marketing to determine the best name and process for managing this. There was a discussion on the mailing list and a few good ideas, Diego will wrap them up and send them again for further comments.
  • Paul - Will follow-up with Board to read the Advisory Board fees for small businesses proposal, ask for feedback and set a date to vote by.
  • Paul - To finish the Privacy Policy, get review from James Vasile, etc.
  • Paul - To review Justin's email about updating trademark agreements and email the marketing team for feedback.
  • Paul - Will follow up with the marketing-list to provide more details about what sort of work we would like to have done for the marketing contract.
  • Rosanna - Will apply for the GNOME credit card. Status: Filled out initial application, have appointment next Wednesday with the bank to continue process.
  • Rosanna - Will handle the purchase orders with Google for GIMP/GStreamer GSoC mentor payments as she has been doing it already for GNOME.
  • Rosanna - Automate the process of entering PayPal information into GnuCash.

New Action Items

  • Bastien - To e-mail Murray about contacting UPS one more time regarding the lost Event Box.
  • Bastien - To e-mail GIMP about changing their website, and procedure for donating.

Discussed on Mailing List

FoundationBoard/Minutes/20110118 (last edited 2011-02-03 23:02:34 by BrianCameron)