Neil McGovern Named New GNOME Foundation Executive Director

The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Neil McGovern as its new Executive Director. McGovern officially starts work for the GNOME Foundation on February 15, 2017 and will operate from the United Kingdom.

McGovern is an experienced leader in Free Software projects and is best known for his role as Debian Project Leader from 2014-15. He has been on the Boards of numerous organizations, including Software in the Public Interest, Inc. and the Open Rights Group.

Announcing the appointment, Nuritzi Sanchez, GNOME Foundation President, said: “The GNOME Foundation Board of Directors is thrilled that Neil will be joining in the capacity of Executive Director. Neil was a very strong candidate, and we have high hopes for what he will enable the GNOME community to achieve.”

GNOME’s new Executive Director has a strong technical background. He has contributed to Debian as a developer for over twelve years, and comes most recently from Collabora, a respected open source consultancy, where he worked as an Engineering Manager.

“Through the past five years, Neil has helped us grow, develop, and maintain our strong engineering team. His technical knowledge and dedication to Open Source will be a great asset to the GNOME Foundation.” says Philippe Kalaf, CEO of Collabora.

The GNOME project is responsible for a number of important technologies, many of which have a role beyond the desktop. McGovern’s experience at Collabora, coupled with his technological expertise, means that he has the knowledge to promote these technologies further. He joins GNOME at an exciting time, with the emergence of new technologies such as Flatpak, Builder, and GTK+4.

McGovern is also in a good position to foster greater collaboration between GNOME and other Free Software projects. Mehdi Dogguy, the current Debian Project Leader, hopes that GNOME’s new Executive Director will help to forge closer relations between the two projects: “Neil’s commitment to free and open source software over the years make him a great asset to the community. I believe his new role as Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation will help to make a stronger link between GNOME and the Debian project.”

It has been three years since the GNOME Foundation lost its previous Executive Director, Karen Sandler. Previous holders of the role include Stormy Peters and Tim Ney. McGovern’s job will be to support the GNOME project, particularly in terms of fundraising, outreach, and strategy.

“As former Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, it’s clear to me that Neil is a fantastic choice for the position,” said Karen Sandler, now Executive Director of the Software Freedom Conservancy. “His insights into both the community and corporate sides of GNOME are impressive. I know GNOME will thrive under his leadership!”

McGovern will be attending this year’s FOSDEM in Brussels this weekend (February 4 – 5). Members of the GNOME community, and the wider Open Source community, are encouraged to speak to him and offer a warm welcome.


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GNOME 3.22 was released today, marking the culmination of 6 months work by the GNOME community. The new release introduces major new features as well as many smaller enhancements and fixes. Announcing the release, Matthias Clasen said: “This six-month effort wouldn’t have been possible without the whole GNOME community, made of contributors and friends from all around the world: developers, designers, documentation writers, usability and accessibility specialists, translators, maintainers, students, system administrators, companies, artists, testers and last, not least, users. GNOME would not exist without all of you. Thank you to everyone!”.

The latest GNOME release introduces comprehensive Flatpak integration for the first time. Flatpak, the next generation application framework for Linux, provides cross-distribution applications that are more secure than traditional Linux apps. GNOME 3.22 makes it easy to install Flatpak apps using the Software application. GNOME’s developer technologies also make it easy to take full advantage of Flatpak’s security features.

GNOME’s Files application has a wealth of improvements in 3.22. A powerful new feature allows multiple files to be renamed at once and compressed file functionality has also been integrated. There are also numerous other user interface improvements.

Other major new features for GNOME 3.22 include a new Photo sharing feature, redesigned keyboard settings, NickServ integration in Polari (GNOME’s IRC application), enhanced support for the Wayland display server, and a much improved Software application.

GNOME 3.22 is significant for developers, also. GTK+, GNOME’s interface toolkit, has introduced a new stable release series which will make it easier for application developers to use the many enhancements introduced during the 3.x series. GLib and GTK+ now provide transparent access to Flatpak “portals”, which allow isolated sandboxed applications to be developed. Builder, the GNOME IDE, has a range of enhancements, including a new built-in profiler. Other improvements include the introduction of CSS blend modes in GTK+, support for OpenGL for Embedded Systems (known as OpenGL ES or GLES) in GtkGLArea and a comprehensive upgrade to GLib’s logging functions.

More information about the latest version of GNOME can be found in the release notes.

GNOME 3.22 is codenamed “Karlsruhe”, in recognition of this year’s GUADEC organizing team.


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It is with great pleasure that the GNOME Foundation announces next year’s GUADEC to be held in Manchester, United Kingdom during the summer of 2017. The GNOME User and Developer European Conference (GUADEC) brings together hundreds of users and developers every year to further the GNOME Project. It is one of the Foundation’s longest-standing and most noteworthy events.

Manchester is located about 160 miles (260 km) northwest of London, with Manchester Airport providing easy access for international guests, as well as plenty of public transportation. It has a long history of being a place of learning and innovation, with over 20 Nobel Prize winners having worked or studied in Manchester, Chetham’s Library being the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, and notable accomplishments like the splitting of the atom by Ernest Rutherford in the early 1900s.

The GNOME Foundation looks forward to hosting the 2017 GUADEC in Manchester, and expects GUADEC 2017 to take place during the last weekend of July. Final dates will be announced in the upcoming months.

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GUADEC is the GNOME Foundation’s primary annual event, held every year in a different European city. The conference brings together contributors, enthusiasts, and partners from around the world for three days of talks, followed by three days of workshops (called “Birds of a Feather” sessions). This year, the event took place in Karlsruhe, Germany between the 12th and 17th of August. As always, the conference was a great opportunity for contributors from around the world to meet, make plans, and have fun.

Presentations covered significant developments in GNOME technologies such as Flatpak, GNOME Software, Builder, and new GTK+ features. There were also talks by GNOME’s partners, including Red Hat, SUSE, and Endless. In addition, the Foundation announced the debut of its newest conference, LAS GNOME, to be held this September in Portland, Oregon. In case you couldn’t make it, here’s a link to the 2016 GUADEC talks.

GUADEC couldn’t happen without the hard work of local volunteers who organize each conference, nor without the support of our sponsors. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who helped to make this year’s conference a success.

As has become tradition in recent years, the GNOME Release Team will be adopting “Karlsruhe” as the code name for the upcoming GNOME release, version 3.22 — now just a couple of weeks away!

Here is a gallery of pictures from the event. You can browse more or add your own here: GUADEC 2016 photos.



Photo credits: Jonathan Kang, Oliver Propst & Carla Quintana Carrasco


On July 11th, GNOME’s Maps application stopped working. Like all mapping applications, it relies on an online service to provide data. The service it had been using – MapQuestdiscontinued free access to their data. When the service went dead, there were no longer any maps in Maps.

Thankfully, it didn’t take long for a replacement to be found. Mapbox, a popular mapping service (they provide data for Pinterest, Github and Foursquare, among others) stepped up and has generously offered to provide mapping data. Better than that, Maps now has an agreement in place with its data provider, putting it on a much more solid footing. The new arrangement with Mapbox might also allow additional features in the future, such as downloading maps data for offline use.

A new version of Maps that uses Mapbox was released last week – if your version of Maps isn’t working, upgrade and it will be fixed.

Big thanks to Mapbox for stepping up and helping out!

The GNOME.Asia Committee is inviting interested parties to submit proposals for hosting GNOME.Asia Summit during the 2nd quarter of 2017.


GNOME.Asia Summit is the featured annual GNOME Conference in Asia. The event focuses primarily on the GNOME desktop, but also covers applications and the development platform tools. It brings together the GNOME community in Asia to provide a forum for users, developers, foundation leaders, governments and businesses to discuss the present technology and future developments.


GNOME.Asia Summits have been held in Beijing, Ho-Chi-Minh City, Taipei, Bangalore, Hong Kong, Seoul, Beijing, Depok, New Delhi respectively over the last nine years.


The Committee’s preference is to find a new location each year in order to spread GNOME throughout Asia and we are looking for local organizers to rise to the challenge of organizing an excellent GNOME event. The GNOME.Asia committee will assist in the process, but there is a definitive need for individuals to be actively involved and committed to the planning and execution of the event.


You can learn more about GNOME.Asia Summit at:


The GNOME Board and Release team are happy to announce that the GNOME version to be released in March will be named after the the city where the GNOME.Asia Summit will take place.


Interested parties are hereby invited to submit a formal proposal to the GNOME Asia Summit Committee.  The deadline for the proposals is the 11th of September 2016. Please email your proposal to gnome-asia-committee-list<at>gnome<dot> org. We might invite you to present your proposal in more detail over our regular IRC meetings or send you additional questions and requests. Results will be announced by the first week of October 2016.


The conference will require availability of facilities for 3-5 days, including a weekend, during the 2nd quarter of 2017 (between March and June). Final event dates should avoid other key free software conferences or other events that may conflict and will be confirmed together with other GNOME teams which might get involved. Key points which each proposals should consider and which will be taken into account when deciding among candidates, are:


  • Local community support for hosting the conference.
  • Venue details. Information about infrastructure and facilities to hold the conference should be provided.
  • Preliminary schedule with main program & different activities.
  • Information about how Internet connectivity will be managed.
  • Lodging choices ranging from affordable housing to nicer hotels, and information about distances between the venue and lodging options.
  • The availability of restaurants or the organization of catering on-site, cost of food/soft drinks/beer.
  • The availability and cost of travel from major Asian and European cities.
  • Local industries, universities and government support.
  • Please provide a reasonably detailed budget (sponsorships, expenses, etc).
  • Provide plans for local sponsorships


Please refer to the GNOME.Asia website. Please also check the GNOME.Asia Summit check list, howtos and the winning proposal for 2012 when putting together a proposal.


You are welcome to contact gnome-asia-committee-list AT gnome org if you have any questions.


Please help to spread the word and we are looking forward to hearing from you soon!

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation welcomes its new Board of Directors for the upcoming 2016 – 2017 term:

  • Alexandre Franke
  • Allan Day
  • Cosimo Cecchi
  • Jim Hall
  • Meg Ford
  • Nuritzi Sanchez
  • Shaun McCance


This year we had 253 registered voters, 142 of which sent in valid ballots. Elections ran during the months of May and June, and the new Board was officially announced on June 18, 2016.

The Board of Directors is a team of volunteers who are elected for a one-year term by GNOME Foundation members. The Board is an important part of the GNOME Foundation and ensures the health of the organization by working on operational and legal items that help keep the Foundation in order. It also helps to manage the relationship with the Advisory Board and promotes the overall well-being of the GNOME Project. This year’s Board has experience that spans the GNOME project including expertise in design, development, usability, and communications.

Outgoing members of the Board include Ekaterina Gerasimova, Jean Francois Fortin Tam, and Andrea Veri. The GNOME Foundation thanks them for their time on the Board, and for helping the Foundation navigate important matters during their term, like the Groupon Trademark Infringement battle which became a success and victory.

Since their official election in June, the new Board has been onboarded by last year’s Board, and outgoing members have begun to transition responsibility to new members. The remaining responsibilities will be handed over during the annual GUADEC conference in Karlsruhe, Germany this August. At that time, the new Board will vote on the position of each member. “I’m very excited to work with the incoming Directors and am looking forward to meeting them in person at GUADEC.” – says Shaun McCance, current Chairperson and President of the Board.

You can find out more about the GNOME Board by visiting the Foundation page of our website, or you can contact the Board directly by sending an email to

The GNOME Foundation thanks everyone who participated in this year’s Board of Directors elections, and extends a special thanks to the election committee for planning and executing a successful election process.

Welcome to our new Board!

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Call for Participation in Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME). The conference will be held from September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon, and brings together developers, entrepreneurs, and FOSS enthusiasts for discussion and debate of the future of Linux apps.

LAS GNOME is the conference to attend if you want to create a business around Linux-based applications, release your applications to multiple distributions at the same time, and/or create the conditions necessary to reach a wider audience for your current Linux apps.

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Ecosystem: business, legal, community, and social issues
  • Platforms: deep low-level topics around hardware, drivers, and tools
  • Distribution: collaborating with established distributions (like OpenSuse), inter-distribution cooperation, QA and continuous integration.
  • Development: toolkits, X/Wayland, security, runtimes, SDK, development tools.

Proposals by newcomers and experienced speakers are welcomed alike. When submitting your proposal, please keep in mind that talk slots are 45 minutes long.

The call for talks will have the following timeline:

        July 15th: deadline for submitting your talk proposals through

        August 1st: speakers will be notified if their talk has been accepted

        September 19th-21st: core conference days in Portland, Oregon

The papers team is looking forward to your talk proposal. In case of questions regarding the call for talks, please contact the papers team at papers@las.gnome org. For general questions regarding the conference, please consult the LAS GNOME website or contact the LAS GNOME organizing team.

ORINDA, CA. The GNOME Foundation is pleased to announce the Libre Application Summit — hosted by GNOME (LAS GNOME), which will be held on September 19 – 23 in Portland, Oregon. LAS GNOME is a new conference that aims to advance the state of the GNU/Linux application ecosystem by increasing collaboration with the Linux Kernel and major Linux distributions, and by attracting and empowering application developers both big and small.

Companies and individuals alike will mix with members from a diverse set of Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities. Together, they will collaborate on actionable goals to further evolve the application market in GNU/Linux, create and design better application development tools, and improve the developer and user experience in general for the GNU/Linux desktop. The event will also focus on the social and community aspects of FOSS application development.

GNOME technologies will be showcased at LAS GNOME as an example of how we create, distribute, and form communities around applications for both commercial and noncommercial purposes. We encourage the larger Free and Open Source community to support this effort by attending this conference and learning more about how we can create momentum around a GNU/Linux application ecosystem.

You can find out more and register for LAS GNOME at Please help make LAS GNOME a success by attending and promoting this event!



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ORINDA CA. The GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their recent donation of two new servers. The donation is part of a wider plan aiming to consolidate the location of the various GNOME servers around the globe into one single datacenter. This will help ease day-to-day operations and reduce intervention time in the case of network disruptions or outages.

Each donated server has 128GB of RAM, 48 cores and comes with an Enterprise SSD made for high throughput. This will greatly improve the running of services like and

Once again, the GNOME Project thanks Red Hat for their continued sponsorship of servers, internet bandwidth and local hardware-related IT support.