Foundation Board Minutes for Tue, April 11th 2017, 17:00 UTC

Next meeting date Tue, April 18th 2017, 17:00 UTC



  • Allan Day
  • Shaun McCance

  • Cosimo Cecchi
  • Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Meg Ford
  • Jim Hall
  • Neil McGovern

  • Alexandre Franke
  • Rosanna Yuen



Agenda for 2017-04-11

  • GNOME Social
  • Test Recipe app contribution event
  • Publishing Board Minutes
  • Deposit for GNOME 20th birthday party at GUADEC


  • GNOME Social
    • Christian sent us an email about this -- request is to set up an instance of Mastodon managed by GNOME
    • Christian also has pre-purchased the domain and is willing to donate it
    • The Board could approve this as an official initiative of the project, but we don't need to be involved at a technical level
    • Q: Does the sysadmin team have time to work on this?
    • A: Should ask them, but maybe yes
    • We have an account on the old GNUSocial -- Mastodon is a new implementation that is compatible with GNUSocial but much better
      • The request is not to have an account, but our own server, so that GNOME members can log into GNUSocial through the GNOME server
    • ACTION: Alexandre to draft a reply to Christian with our blessing to go ahead
  • Test Recipe app contribution event
    • A new contributor has an idea for Recipe app contribution event, and wants to do a test-run for the event, similar to how we do Bug-days/months
    • We have a budget to set aside $50 for release party events
      • Only 4 locations used these funds for now, so we could re-use these funds
    • We should not be re-allocating the budget that the Board has approved for a specific purpose, without voting on this again
    • We can ask him to put together an event proposal and send it to us
    • ACTION: Nuritzi to follow up
  • Publishing Board Minutes
    • Can we share this work between more Board members to speed it up?
    • If minutes are not published by Wednesday, Alexandre will do it instead of Cosimo
  • Deposit for GNOME 20th birthday party at GUADEC
    • Let's have board members vote on the mailing list about this
    • Allan will trigger a mailing list vote for this


This section includes items which have seen an update in the last 30 days. Format is "YYYY-MM-DD, action|discussion|abstract" for this and subsequent minutes sections

  • Test Recipe app contribution event
    • A new contributor wants to organize an event around adding content for Recipes, and would like a bit of funding
    • 2017-04-11
      • The Board is generally happy about the initiative, but there should be an event description and budget request to go forward
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to follow up
  • GNOME Social
    • Board is OK for Christian to go ahead with this initiative
    • 2017-04-11
      • ACTION: Alexandre to draft a reply to Christian with our blessing to go ahead
  • GUADEC 2018 Call for Bids
    • 2017-04-04
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to send out something on social media and a news item on the main GNOME website
  • Warranty renewals for GNOME servers
    • 2017-04-04
      • We should have some input from the sysadmin team that we factor into our budget projections, and the overall plan
      • ACTION: Neil to talk to the sysadmin team about this
  • Should we move our private documents from the resources page to ownCloud?
    • 2017-04-04
      • Board thinks this is a good idea
      • ACTION: Allan to move forward with this
  • WHS donations report
    • 2017-02-14
      • ACTION: Alexandre to follow-up with WHS about donation reports
  • Hackfest process documentation
    • 2017-02-14
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to take a stab at updating the documentation for the process to request a hackfest and responsibilities between Board and TC
  • libertyVPS server donation
    • 2016-12-20
      • ACTION: Meg to check with sysadmins whether we actually need a server
    • 2017-01-10
      • Meg sent an email and is waiting to hear back from the sysadmin team.
    • 2017-02-28
      • Meg to follow up with LibertyVPS pointing them to previous social media posts about donors and ask them what they'd like. Meg to follow up with engagement team about LibertyVPS social media perks.
      • 2017-03-07
        • LibertyVPS want to also donate some money to the project
        • ACTION: Neil to connect to them 1:1 to talk about contribution opportunities
  • Chrome Store account for managing GNOME Shell integration browser extension
    • 2016-12-20
      • ACTION: Shaun to find out more about what's involved in creating an account
    • 2017-03-07
      • For the Play Store, we had decided that the contributor should be empowered to publish their app there, as long as they're members of the Foundation
        • And as long as the credentials/keys are shared with the Board
      • We should document this process in a wiki page
      • The Engagement team could faciliatate Foundation members being able to publish on these stores
      • ACTION: Neil will look into this
  • Dropping dates in copyright claims on our websites
    • 2016-12-06
      • ACTION: Alexandre to send an email to foundation-list with a proposal for discussion
    • 2016-12-20
      • Next step seems to be to reach out to Creative Commons to get advice on what exactly can and should be done
    • 2017-01-24
      • Alexandre reached out to Creative commons
    • 2017-02-28
      • Alexandre will try alternative channels
  • Google Play account
    • 2016-09-27
    • 2016-10-04
      • Payment is authorized
      • ACTION: Rosanna to make the payment and follow up with Ankit
    • 2016-10-18
      • Rosanna is waiting for Ankit to reply about the gmail account
    • 2016-11-01
      • Board is discussing who should have access to the credit card associated to the account
    • 2016-11-29
      • ACTION: Rosanna to look into getting a PayPal credit card

    • 2016-12-20
      • Rosanna has been collating materials to update the PayPal account owner before looking into the credit card

  • Privacy campaign funds
    • 2016-09-27
      • Draft is out for the Board to review and give feedback
      • ACTION: Cosimo to try and form a committee to review internship proposals
    • 2016-10-26
      • We are aiming for an internship round in spring 2017

Ongoing but stalled

This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days.

  • Owncloud shared calendar for the board
  • Money raised for defense against Groupon
    • Kat to draft a call for Free Desktop-style hackfests which would be sponsored with money raised for defence against Groupon
    • 2016-09-06
      • We probably don't want to track exactly this money flow, but the initiatives that the Board has been pursuing (Flatpak, LAS GNOME) are good fits for the original intent this money was kept for
      • We can consider making a PR or some other form of announcement about how we're currently making use of this money
    • 2017-03-07
      • General feeling here is that Flatpak fits the bill of the kind of technology/event that taps into the wider community
      • Another idea may be to use the resources not for an event but for infrastructure
      • ACTION: let's understand the financial picture in the budget meeting on 3/7
  • Paypal Giving Fund
    • Alexandre suggested in december 2015 to get us enrolled in the program
      • That would give us exposure. For example Humble bundle allows to direct the charity part of purchases towards any of their participants
    • Zana tried to get us in sometime before may 2016, we never heard back.
    • 2016-09-06
      • ACTION: Zana to look into it
  • Google ad grant
    • 2016-08-10
      • ACTION: Shaun will pick this up again and try to register us into the program when he's back in the US
      • The actual ad campaigns would probably need to be managed by the Engagement/Marketing team
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to discuss with the Engagement Team and let the board know if they want to start using Google ad
  • Sysadmin fundraising levels and perks
    • 2016-08-10, ACTION: Nuritzi to take on this project and figure out what it entails
  • Web page for prior pants winners
    • 2016-08-10, ACTION: Shaun and Allan to add the web page
    • 2017-03-07
      • Only missing the winner for one year, 2005
      • We can crowdsource the details and refinement of the bios/photos/etc
  • Friends of GNOME
    • 2016-08-10
      • ACTION: Allan to get in touch with Tobi and the sysadmin team to migrate the FoG infrastructure over to GNOME
    • 2017-03-07
      • Allan will pass this on to Neil, and connect him to Tobi

Ongoing but no director assigned

This section includes items which haven't seen an update in the last 30 days and have no Director assigned

Nice to have

This section includes items which we would love to see happen at some point but lack the time to effectively become reality

  • Contract template for future use organizations for which we handle money
    • Kat to draft this
  • Privacy policy for GNOME services
    • Current draft is at

    • Sysadmin Team's NDA should also be covered when dealing with this item
    • Kat or Allan to write up the policy
    • Kat or Allan to write up recommended wording for distribution privacy policies, regarding the behaviour of GNOME software
  • Photography policy for GNOME conferences
    • Proposal needs to be drafted and sent to foundation list for discussion
    • Should probably be addressed at the same time as a standardised code of conduct

Discussed on the mailing list

Completed actions

  • Use of "gnome" in third party websites - archive knowledge
  • Budget request: $144.3322 from Julita Inca, see email "Flisol and Install Fest 2017"
    • 2017-03-28
      • Budget was approved
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to get back to Julita
      • ACTION: Neil to help define a policy about transaction expenses, folding it together with the other monetary policies
      • ACTION: Nuritzi to reach out to Julita about her getting more involved with the distribution center process
    • 2017-04-04
      • She went over budget, new amount is $193, because of some extra materials she had to buy
      • She plans to reuse some of those extra materials for the next event
      • If she holds these events quite frequently, we should have an annual budget for them, instead of piecemeal expenses
        • Also we'd need a way to measure the value of these events for the Foundation
      • VOTE: approve the new budget, but do mention to her that she should be careful with expenses for the future
        • +1 Nuritzi, Allan, Cosimo, Shaun. -1 Alexandre. VOTE PASSED
        • ACTION: Nuritzi to communicate to Julita

FoundationBoard/Minutes/20170411 (last edited 2017-04-18 18:25:09 by CosimoCecchi)