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From: Emmanuele Bassi <ebassi <at> gmail.com>
Subject: Meeting Minutes Published - August 23, 2011
Newsgroups: gmane.comp.gnome.foundation.announce
Date: Tuesday 18th October 2011 14:10:49 UTC (over 6 years ago)
The meeting minutes for the August 23rd GNOME Foundation board
meeting is now published. Refer here:


Other past board meetings are archived here:


-- text of the latest minutes follows --

= Minutes for Meeting of August 23 =

== Next Meeting ==

 September 6, 2011

== Attending ==

 * Brian Cameron
 * Emmanuele Bassi
 * Karen Sandler
 * Ryan Lortie
 * Shaun !McCance
 * Stormy Peters

== Regrets ==

 * Bastien Nocera
 * Rosanna Yuen

== New Items ==

 * Consider changing the board meeting time.
   * Same day, but moving it one hour later.
   * Decisions about how to handle Daylight Savings Time issue to be
discussed later.

 * Desktop Summit 2013
   * Survey of the foundation membership
     * Do not plan to reuse the questions from the 2009 survey.
     * The Desktop Summit organizers are running a survey as well.
     * Useful for feedback, but should be a separate survey.
     * '''ACTION''': Ryan to look into running a survey for foundation
members about the desktop summit.
   * Ask Desktop Summit attendees (maintainers, contributors) and have
informal discussions with them.
     * '''ACTION''': Shaun to contact Dave Neary and Ekaterina Gerasimova
to get a list of attendees to get feedback for the summit.
   * Need to provide the GNOME Foundation quote for the announcement ASAP.
   * Need to respond to Stathis Iosifidis, who is planning to apply to host
KDE Akademy in Greece next year, and who asked the board to consider making
this event a Desktop Summit.
     * Brian responded on the mailing list highlighting that next year's
GUADEC will be held in Spain, but that The GNOME Foundation is happy to
hear ideas of how The GNOME Foundation could help.
   * Desktop Summit post-mortem with Desktop Summit organizers
     * Ryan is attending to a meeting with A Coruña and Deskop Summit

 * GUADEC 2012
   * Need to announce GUADEC 2012 on foundation-list, foundation-announce,
   * Will do a press release first.
   * '''ACTION''': Karen to write the press release for the GUADEC 2012

 * Portland Summit
   * Sriram Ramkrishna sent an email to the board proposing a Portland
Summit next May for 3 days.
   * '''ACTION''': Brian will respond to Sriram Ramkrishna and ask for more
details about the involvement of the Foundation for a conference in

   * Travel approved for Ryan Lortie, Ekaterina Gerasimova, and Andreas
Nilsson. (Ryan abstained from the vote as it pertained to his travel.)

 * Google Summer of Code
   * Vincent sent an email about handling Mentor Summit Travel Payments.
     * '''ACTION''': Brian will ask Rosanna for more details about the GSoC

 * Joanmarie Diggs provided us with a proposed a11y budget for FY 2012 and
2013. We should respond.
   * '''ACTION''': Brian will respond to a11y team regarding their budget
   * Will point out that we need them to help with fundraising.

 * John Sullivan sent an email about GNU Mobile. How should we respond?
   * '''ACTION''': Karen will follow up with John and get more information
about GNU Mobile.

 * Fred Muller asked the board to sponsor Software Freedom Day for $4,000.
Do we approve?     
   * Need more specific plans.
   * '''ACTION''': Karen will respond to Fred about GNOME Software Freedom
Day plans.

 * Friends of GNOME campaign.
   * Gil Forcada suggested ways to improve FoG.
   * Automating and integrating all the sources of revenues for
   * Discussion needed between interested parties:
     * Shaun, Bradley Kuhn, Gil Forcada, Karen
   * Start discussion on marketing-list for new campaign types.

 * Was the !MeeGo Handset Bid invoice paid?
   * Not yet paid, but Rosanna is working on it.

 * Boston Summit
   * Colin Walters confirmed to be the point person for local organization.
   * There might be a fallback plan through Collabora in case the
venue/organization falls through.

== Completed Actions ==

 * Karen - Will compose a press release by the end of the week.
 * Karen - To send AGM schedule to foundation and advisory board.
 * Karen - Will send the advisory board agenda to the members of the
advisory board.

== Status of action items ==

 * Andreas - Will look into the possibility of a Desktop Summit design
where the facade is more neutral.
 * Andreas - Will blog a Desktop Summit status report.
 * Andreas - Will discuss with Ryan Lortie providing support contracts for
 * Andreas - To verify meeting times for the Desktop Summit.  That August
9th is a good date for the board and AGM meetings and August 10th for the
Advisory Board meeting.  Will confirm on board list, then the advisory
board list.
 * Andreas - To start work on next 2011 Annual Report ASAP (due start
FY2012).  Taken over from Paul.
 * 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.
 * Bastien - Reach out to the GNOME Advisory Board via email to see if they
can help out with providing contacts at Yahoo.
 * Bastien - To make sure that the "IM, Contacts & Social Hackfest" gets
added to http://live.gnome.org/Hackfests.
 * Bastien - To put together a proposal for how technical issues could be
mediated within the community.
 * Bastien - Will touch base with the appropriate people in Red Hat to see
if the RHN entitlements can be approved.
 * 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.
 * Brian - Will follow up with the lawyers to discuss what would be
involved to provide liability protection like what the Conservancy provides
and to see if they have any perspective about whether the GNOME Foundation
should allow GNOME projects to join Conservancy.
 * Brian - Will touch base with the GIMP organizers to find out their plans
for the GIMP money.
 * Brian & Og - To coordinate a fund raising meeting with the GStreamer,
a11y, GIMP, and Banshee teams.  Will draft an agenda.
 * Brian - Follow up with getting Alan Day and Sumana Harihareswara to sign
the Copyright Assessment from SFLC.
 * Emily - Get the 2011 Q2 report started.
 * Emmanuele - Will take over Friends of GNOME tasks.
 * 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 - 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).
 * Germán - Will finish the Financial section of the quarterly report.
 * Germán - Will talk to membership committee to see if we can do
something to help remind people to renew memberships to avoid people losing
the ability to vote.
 * Germán - To send link to previous year's GUADEC's budgets to
 * Germán - Will touch base with the GObject-Introspection Hackfest and
make sure that people attending also attend the Desktop Summit if possible.
 * Karen - Will take over discussions to take over ownership of some GNOME
related domains.
 * Karen - Will follow up with !LojaGeek.
 * Karen - Will contact people to try and push forward the organization of
Boston Summit.
   * Emailed boston-social, talked to Walter Bender, emailed Jonathan
 * Karen - Will follow up with Debian about their usage of the GNOME logo.
   * Emailed with Stefano Zacchiroli, left it that GNOME needs to decide
whether it wants to permit this new combined logo use.
 * Karen - Will follow up with cedwards regarding CiviCRM contract.
     * After some tracking down of the status of the communications,
cedwards sent email to get discussions with Claudian moving again.
 * Karen - Will email Marina to let her know that the board has approved
funds for the next year of the Women's Outreach fund, ccing Board.
     * emailed on 7/13
 * Karen - Will follow up with !LojaGeek again.
 * Karen - Will follow up with Stefano to discuss use of combined
Debian/GNOME mark and caution stopping further use until agreement is
settled on.
     * emailed and talked on phone
 * Karen - Will update the contact information in the webpage to add
information with respect to fraudulent checks.
     * contacts page edited.
 * 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 have not heard back from Vincent Untz.
   * Still on !ToDo.
 * Og - To look into Google Checkout as an annual payment option for FoG.
   * Still on !ToDo.
 * 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.
 * Rosanna - Will apply for the GNOME credit card.
 * Rosanna - Automate the process of entering !PayPal information into
 * Shaun - Will lead the GNOME Foundation IRC meetings.
 * Stormy - Take care of !GnuCash automation.  Taken over from Paul &
 * All board members - To review and comment Brian's April 14th proposal
regarding better organizing earmarked fundraising.
 * All board members - Review the received bids for GUADEC 2012.
 * Unowned - To find a way to automate the process of exporting results
from internal review process and email it to the board. 
 * Ryan and Emmanuele - Will talk to the other members of the GTK+ team
about the co-location.
 * Germán and Ryan - Will relay the board's recommendations to the
membership committee about renewal and expiration of membership.
 * Emmanuele - Will talk to Alberto Ruiz about the board's position on PGO
policy changes.
 * Stormy - To ask LWN if they can automate it with gnome.org addresses.
 * Bastien(?) - Make sure gnome.org addresses expire when membership

=== New Action Items ===

 * Ryan - To look into running a survey for foundation members about the
desktop summit.
 * Karen - To write the press release for the GUADEC 2012 announcement.
 * Karen - Will respond to Fred, responding positively, but asking for more
information about Software Freedom Day.
 * Karen - Will follow up with John and get more information about GNU
 * Shaun - To contact Dave Neary and Ekaterina Gerasimova to get a list of
attendees to get feedback for the summit.
 * Brian - Will respond to Sriram Ramkrishna and ask for more details about
the involvement of the Foundation for a conference in Portland.
 * Brian - Will ask Rosanna for more details regarding GSoC payments.
 * Brian - Will respond to a11y team regarding their budget proposal.

== Discussed on the mailing list ==

 * Events
   * Desktop Summit (Berlin, Germany, August 6-12)
     * https://www.desktopsummit.org/
     * Planning and coordinating during the Desktop Summit (e.g. the board,
advisory board, AGM meetings, with KDE).
     * Discussing how to reach out to the GNOME Foundation community to get
feedback about whether to consider a Desktop Summit for 2013.
   * GObject-Introspection hackfest (Berlin, August 10-15)
     * https://live.gnome.org/Hackfests/Introspection2011
     * Planning for the event.
   * COSCUP 2011 (Taipei, Taiwan, August 20-21).
     * http://coscup.org/2011/en/
     * Planning for having GNOME talks and representation at COSCUP 2011.
     * Bastien is one of the speakers at this event.
   * FSCONS (Gothenburg, Sweden, November 11-13)
      * http://fscons.org/
      * Andreas Nilsson requested the board consider covering travel costs
for 2 or 3 GNOME speakers.
   * Frederic Muller requested the board consider how GNOME support
Software Freedom Day (Saturday, September 17)
     * http://softwarefreedomday.org/
   * Stathis Iosifidis, who is planning to apply to host KDE Akademy in
Greece next year, asked the board to consider making this event a Desktop

 * Brian provided Emmanuele with the process for publishing the meeting

 * ED Karen Sandler will be on vacation August 29 through September 2,

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