The GNOME Foundation congratulates Allan Day on being included in the shortlist of candidates being considered for the individual category of the UK Open Source Awards for his "positive impact on Open Source software in the UK." Allan won the prestigious annual award for key contributor in the GNOME community last year at GUADEC in Brno and is recognized in the GNOME community as a critical contributor to the project.
The winner will be announced at the award ceremony on February 26th, 2014 in Edinburgh at the Informatics Forum. We've got our fingers crossed and we're proud that Allan has been already recognized in this way!
GNOME is pleased to announce that it is hosting a fundraising campaign for Pitivi. Their fundraising page launched today, with a video explaining the campaign (which was made with Pitivi). As they say in their announcement:
Free and Open Source video editing is something that can help make the world a better place, as it gives people all around the world one more tool to express themselves creatively, fight oppression, create happiness and spread love.
GNOME provides the infrastructure for the campaign and donations are considered charitable in the United States to the extent of applicable law. You can donate to the campaign here.
GNOME.Asia Summit 2014 invites proposals for presentations at the conference. GNOME.Asia Summit is Asia's GNOME user and developer conference, spreading the knowledge of GNOME across Asia. The conference will be held in BeiHang University, Beijing, China on May 24 -25, 2014. The conference follows the release of GNOME 3.12, helping to bring new desktop paradigms that facilitate user interaction in the computing world. It will be a great place to celebrate and explore the many new features and enhancements to the GNOME 3.12 release and to help make GNOME as successful as possible. We welcome proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers alike.
Possible topics include, but not limited to:
How to Promote/Contribute to GNOME in Asia
- GNOME Marketing
- Promotion of Free / Open Source Software
- How to run a Local GNOME Users Group
- Asia success stories / Local GNOME Projects
- GNOME and Educations
- GNOME Outreach Program for Women
- Google Summer of Code
- Latest developments in GNOME
- GNOME 3 & GNOME 3 Usability
- GNOME Human Interface Engineering (Icons and Graphic Design)
- QA and testing in GNOME
- GNOME Accessibility
- GNOME Coding How-to
- Writing applications for GNOME 3
- Integration of web life into the desktop
Adapting GNOME to new types of devices
- Developing GNOME on mobile devices (smart phones, tablets)
- Developing GNOME on embedded systems or open source hardware
- On-going projects and success stories
- Finding Free and Open Source friendly hardware manufacturers
Localization and Internationalization
- Input methods
Other topics could include any topic related to Free and Open Source Software not listed above.
Lightning talks! A five minute presentation to demonstrate your work or promote an interesting topic. These talks will be grouped together in a single session.
A standard session at GNOME.Asia 2014 will be scheduled as 45 mins (35 mins talk + 10 mins Q&A). Please take into consideration any time you will need for preparation. The session could be a technical talk, panel discussion, or BOF.
If you'd like to share your knowledge and experience at GNOME.Asia 2014, please fill in the form at before March 3th, 2014. Please provide a short abstract about your proposal (under 150 words). Include your name, biographical information, a photo suitable for the web, a title, and a description of your presentation . The reviewing team will evaluate the entries based on the submitted abstracts and available time in the schedule. You will be contacted before March 16th, 2014 on whether your submission has been accepted or not.
All interested contributors are highly encouraged to send in their talks. Please help us to spread the invitation to other potential participants. Even you do not plan to be a speaker, please consider joining GNOME.Asia 2014. This is going to be a great event!
The GNOME Documentation Team met in Norwich, UK, this week for a five day hackfest. Held from January 26 to January 30, the event was hosted at the University of East Anglia's School of Computer Science. The hackfest was very successful, and included fifteen attendees as well as five remote participants.
The team used the event as an opportunity to prepare GNOME's user documentation for the upcoming 3.12 release. Other highlights of the hackfest included:
- A new, easy and more visual appealing design for the help viewer Yelp.
- A major update of the long awaited GNOME Administrator Guide.
- An improved and updated organization of the documentation of the email client Evolution.
- New features in Mallard, the markup language used for writing the GNOME documentation, and the related tools.
The event was made possible by the sponsorship of the GNOME Foundation. Many thanks to the University of East Anglia for providing such a great venue.
Attendees from the hackfest will, along with many other GNOME contributors, attend this year's FOSDEM conference in Brussels this weekend. GNOME will have a stand at the event, and there will be a party on the Saturday night.
The annual WebKitGTK+ hackfest is currently underway in A Coruña, Spain. Going into its fifth year, 2013's event is the biggest so far, including an unprecedented 30 participants.
The four day event is focusing on everything web in GNOME and GTK+. WebKitGTK+ developer Claudio Saavedra reports that multiple web processes and user interface improvements to the GNOME web browser are both priorities for the hackfest.
You can follow all the action on the @WebKitGTK+ Twitter feed.
The event has been made possible by sponsorship of Igalia and the GNOME Foundation. Other sponsors are helping with travel costs, accommodation, coffee and snacks. Many thanks to Samsung, Adobe, Company100 and Cable Labs.
The annual GNOME summit starts tomorrow. Contributors are gathering from around the world for four days of discussion and working sessions. Scheduled topics include Wayland, Boxes, and the GNOME continuous build system.
Traditionally held in Boston, this is the 13th GNOME summit, and the second to be held in Montréal.
The summit is an informal event and everyone is welcome. For those who are interested, there will be a happy hour community meetup with the Montreal Linux community on Saturday afternoon. More information can be found on the wiki.
Thanks to CRIM for hosting the event and Savoir-faire Linux for sponsoring. Thanks also to Red Hat for sponsoring the Sunday social event, and to Canonical for providing our hungry hackers with tea, coffee and bagels.
The life of Matt Dalio changed when, at very young age, he lived for a year in Beijing, China.There he was able to discover difficulties suffered by many children, many of which were orphans.
Starting from this experience Matt decide to start the China Care Foundation an association that has raised over $14 million to provide support to special needs Chinese children.
But Matt has also a dream: to improve lives of millions with use of free software in his latest endeavour, Endless mobile.
Matt shared with us his visions and projects during his keynote talk, at GUADEC.
Q: Your life changed when you first went to China at the age of 11. Do you think that the spirit of cooperation inside the China Care Foundation is comparable in any way to inspiring free software communities?
A: When I was first learning about the free software community and talking with individuals in that community, I was struck by just how much we have in common. We all want to give free access to people who need it. We all believe in the power of software to unlock the potential in people.
China Care Foundation is very much a collaborative effort. In the years since I founded it, the network of individuals who contribute -- from dollars to volunteer time to giving an orphan a true home -- has grown immensely. Right now, in addition to individual contributors, China Care has clubs on 52 campuses around the United States; college kids collaborating to give live saving surgeries, foster care placements, and adoptive families to orphans in China. It has been incredible to see this network of people, from their respective places in life, working towards the same goal. There's so much power in that.
Q: Tell us about your keynote at GUADEC.
A: Staggering statistic: 5 billion people on earth do not have Internet access.
We think that computers are everywhere, but they aren't. 80 percent of the world does not have access. Isn't that amazing? And yet you'd never know walking around our little corners of the world. What we don't realize is that for all of the towns that we drive between and cities that we fly between, they are all pretty much part of the same little subset of the world. It's like walking around on dry land and not realizing that 80 percent of life on earth exists under the sea. You wouldn't know it unless someone told you about it.
My goal was to tell people about it. To give a vivid picture of what it looks like. To help people understand what the *middle* of the pyramid looks like. These are people who want computers. They have electricity. They are literate. And they have money. It's not just that computers are too expensive for them. The real problem is that technology has never been built with them in mind. What does someone do when they live in a place that has no hope of getting Internet access? What is a computer without the Internet? It's a Microsoft Word machine. So who would buy such a thing? And yet that is 80 percent of the world.
The examples go on and on, of cases where you think about how what technology could be for someone in that market. It could be infinitely more powerful than it is for you or I, because that person is also lacking access to the basic necessities. There are not enough good doctors to give quality health. There are not enough teachers to give quality education. There are not enough good jobs. Yet a computer with the right applications can be answers to all of that. Just being able to search Wikipedia for Dengue Fever can be enough to save a life. Imagine what else you can do? A link to Khan Academy or Code Academy is enough to change the direction of a life.
Technology has solved innumerable problems in the world, and yet the people who build technology don't make a living of understanding what it means to people who do not have technology. So there isn't really anyone building software for that part of the world, and those who do go way down to the bottom of the pyramid where there all sorts of other challenges.
My goal was to speak to the Gnome community about just how large of an opportunity this can be for Gnome. Billions of people are waiting for a computer. Waiting for an operating system that is built with them in mind. And with just a little bit of effort and a little bit of understanding, we can reach them.
Q: What did you expect from GUADEC?
A: I certainly did not expect what I got. The response to my talk was overwhelming in the volume of support. Goodness, what a community. Plus, it was just such a great community of quality human beings. Really, I am proud to call it a part of my life.
If you missed Matt's talk at GUADEC, read more on the Endless Mobile webpage!
The latest update to GNOME 3, version 3.10, has been released. This release comes six months after the previous version, and includes new features, new applications, and many improvements.
Introducing the release, Allan Day (GNOME Design Team) said, ‟GNOME 3.10 is a significant upgrade for our users, and developers will benefit from new features in the application development platform. Our contributors did an incredible job and have created a really exciting release.“
Highlights in this release include:
- A reworked system status area, which gives a more focused overview of your system.
- ‟Software“, which provides an easy way to browse and install applications.
- A collection of new applications, including Maps, Notes, Music and Photos.
- New geolocation features, such as automatic time zones and world clocks.
- Hi-resolution display and smart card support.
You can find out more details about these features, as well as the many other improvements, in the GNOME 3.10 release notes.
GNOME 3.10 also introduces initial Wayland support. This represents a major technological step forward for GNOME, and will enable the project to fully adopt the next generation display and input technology in the future.
The GNOME Project is a member of the GNU Project, and GNOME 3.10 comes just days before GNU's 30th anniversary. Speaking about the 3.10 release, John Sullivan, Executive Director of the Free Software Foundation, said: ‟the GNOME 3.10 release exemplifies what GNU is about -- technical and ethical excellence. The Free Software Foundation is proud to showcase the GNOME community's work when talking to potential new free software users, and as GNOME users ourselves, we're very thankful for these new improvements.“
Further information and reactions can be found in the GNOME 3.10 press release.
We recently had the chance to sit down and talk to Andrew Lee, co-founder of GNOME's newest advisory board member Private Internet Access. Andrew Lee is a long-time privacy advocate, and has co-founded several other privacy related companies in the past including Mt Gox Live which was later acquired by Mt Gox the leading Bitcoin exchange. To learn more about GNOME's Advisory Board and the addition of Private Internet Access, check out our press release.
How did you come to know about GNOME?
We actually knew of GNOME for quite awhile. However, we started using GNOME more actively when it was known as "Ximian GNOME" back in the day.
Do you know what percentage of your users are using GNU/Linux?
We do not have any specific numbers regarding the percentage of our customers who use GNU/Linux. However, with that said, we're confident that most of our customers are using GNU/Linux in some form, whether on their desktop or mobile device.
Who do you recommend your services for?
We recommend that our services are used by most everyone in the world who values their privacy.
What is your take on private internet use in light of the recent news on
security? Are you worried about PIA's continued operation?
Private Internet use is definitely set to increase given the newfound awareness amongst society about dragnet surveillance operations and, in general, the overall loss of privacy. We're not worried about Private Internet Access' continued operation as we've discussed with several subject matter legal experts within this realm, and now, the company is structured in a way that we should be around for a very long time.
With that said, please be sure to read our official response in regards to the PRISM/NSA debacle
Orinda, CA — September 23, 2013 — The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce that Private Internet Access has joined GNOME's advisory board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. Last month during GUADEC, GNOME announced that the Linux Foundation was added to the advisory board, joining IBM, Google, Intel and the Free Software Foundation, among others.
Andrew Lee, co-founder of Private Internet Access said "We've been very fond of GNOME at Private Internet Access for quite a long time. When GNOME announced its new initiatives towards greater privacy functionality, our fondness quickly became a strong admiration. We're very proud to support GNOME and its continued commitment to open source, usability and, most importantly, privacy."
Private Internet Access, founded in August 2010 is a VPN service provider offering anonymous and encrypted VPN. The service operates at the TCP/IP interface level, allowing all applications to be secured, not just the web browser. Private Internet Access has publicly commited itself to user privacy. It is a small U.S.-based company, with thousands of users.
"I am excited to welcome Private Internet Access as a GNOME Advisory Board member," said Tobias Mueller, member of the board of directors of the GNOME Foundation. "This is a great example of how the support for Free Software is growing and highlights how we are aligned in our missions to put users in control."
The nonprofit GNOME Foundation is an independent organization committed to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.