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GUADEC camera operators needed

Monday, July 26th, 2010

With GUADEC just two days away (and the pre-program already on its way), the video streaming infrastructure is being put
in place. To record and stream all lectures, we are looking for volunteers to operate the camera’s.

You do not need any special skills, the equipment will do most of the work. All that is needed is someone to make sure
the speaker is always in the picture (ie. moving the camera on the tripod), zoom in/out with the remote control and change tapes between the lectures.

Ideally, we would have you operate the camera for talks you want to see anyway. The shifts are from 09.30 – 12.45 hours,
and from 14.00 – 17.15 hours.
If you are interested in helping out with this, please email the list ( or find Philip Withnall or
Koen Martens on the event venue. If there are talks you absolutely want to see, let us know the time and room as well
so we can schedule you in the proper slot if possible.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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GUADEC update #1

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

T-Shirts and swag

Designers wanted! For both shirts and swag, we need people with a keen eye for visual design who can help out. Let us know ASAP = before June 16th. We need to order the goods after that date.

Reinout van Schouwen has stepped up to coordinate the t-shirts (free for €75-level registrees and up!) and merchandise that will be sold at the event. The deadline for getting the main design polished is July 1st, giving us 4 weeks to come up with an event design, a staff/volunteer version, and a version to print onto merchandise.

Gaël Hernandez has taken on the “other swag” project. He is looking for input on the cool kinds of conference stuff that people like, so please drop him a note if you want something besides the typical “conference squeeze ball”. (Personal suggestion: GUADEC superhero toys!!)

All profits from sales will go directly the GNOME foundation, who will continue sponsoring travel grants for participants.

Program Schedule

The program committee has published the first version of the schedule! You can find it on the GUADEC 2010 Program site []. We have three rooms: one big plenary room and two smaller break-out rooms.

We will need lots of heralds to help out at the event: People who can focus audience attention to the stage, introduce the speakers, keep an eye on the clock and generally make sure things run smooth. Contact me if you want to help out!

Soccer match

Mario Gonzalez reminds us that a little physical activity is a good thing! He has proposed to continue the yearly GUADEC soccer match, a competition with its roots in the famous Torvalds vs. Gates match: Bill owned the soccer ball but Linus still won. (Joking).

The local team is currently searching for a suitable field. If you are a player and want to join the game, let Mario know!


Registration! It’s open! For everyone!

After quite a long build-up (do you have any idea how long I’ve been planning?), I am really happy to announce that, finally: Registration. Is. Open! Check it out on the official register page:

We want everyone to come, so don’t feel shy! The more the merrier, but don’t forget – free swag for EUR 75-level and up!

Registering does a lot of things, besides just helping to fund more travel grants.
– First, we need you to do it; keeping track of everyone allows us to plan the venue, food, swag and facilities;
– Secondly, the municipality of The Hague has promised a financial contribution towards GUADEC depending on the number of attendees;
– Lastly all registrees get to breeze into the conference, because we give them a PDF-ticket. Registering at the door? Be prepared to wait in line.

Registration closes on July 5th. So come visit, Holland is beautiful in July!


Everyone mentioned here and everyone helping out is on the GUADEC mailing list. The easiest way to reach us all is with an email calling us by name!

Really, we’d love to hear from you –


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GUADEC 2010 GNOME developer training: July 26 – 27, 2010, The Hague, TheNetherlands

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

With all the recent holidays in The Netherlands I almost overlooked this one. So here it is, verbatim, the announcement of the GNOME developer training colocated with GUADEC:

Get Linux wings!

The GNOME Developer Training sessions at GUADEC are designed to give
experienced software developers the tools that they need to get the most out
of developing free software in an open community.

This two-day course includes a hands-on practical session and a detailed
social overview of community development. You'll learn how to get your work
upstream and how to influence the direction of upstream projects.

Covering common Linux development tools, the GNOME and
development platform and the social dynamics of contributing to community
projects, this course will put extra tools into your developer's toolbox.

Attendance packages for the developer training sessions also include a full
€250 professional-level pass to GUADEC. The flagship annual GNOME-project
conference, GUADEC is three days of presentations, BOFs and tutorials. To
ensure the highest quality of participant experience, space is strictly
limited. The GUADEC coordination team encourages everyone interested to
register early to guarantee availability.

Includes delivery of printed training material related to the course, and
meals and refreshments during training days.
* 2 days training course + professional registration for GUADEC 2010 (a €250
value): €1500
* Early bird price (for registrations before June 1st 2010): €1200

You can register for the course at
The course is composed of four half-day modules, covering the following

Developer tools and development environments:
* Source control - git, svn, bzr
* Using autotools
* Standard GNOME build dependencies & their purposes (pkgconfig, intltool,
* Cross-compilation environments (Scratchbox, OpenEmbedded)
* Debugger (gdb, Nemiver)
* Valgrind (including memcheck, Massif, kcachegrind, Callgrind)
* Other developer tools: sar, sysprof, bootchart

The GNOME platform:
* glib and GObject
* GTK+ and Clutter
* Using Glade and GtkBuilder
* DBus, DFeet, registering and calling DBus APIs
* GConf
* GStreamer
* Telepathy
* Language bindings - C++, Java, C#, Python, Vala

A Hands-on Practical Workshop:
* Set up a GNOME development environment
* Write a complete GNOME application in Python
* Integrate with the GNOME desktop

Community development
* Community communication forums (mailing lists, forums, IRC, Bugzilla,
source control)
* Effective community participation, community social norms
* Project governance - how things get done
* Getting changes upstream
* Getting to maintainer - how to make friends and influence people
* Building a vibrant community

Training will be coordinated by Neary Consulting on behalf of the GNOME

Register today! 

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GUADEC 2010 schedule and cfp deadline

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

With GUADEC 2010 getting on its way, it is about time for an update. The website is getting a new skin every day now, and the call for papers deadline is nearing. More on that below. We also expect to have registration open any day now. Visitors can choose between three levels of registration (EUR 0, EUR 100 or EUR 250), depending on their budget or expense accounts.


The schedule outline for the conference has been drafted, and features a warm-up weekend and a number of parallel events that might interest the Gnome lover. Here it is:

sa 24 - training sessions
        GNU hackers meeting
        room for auxiliary meetings
su 25 - GNU hackers meeting
        room for auxiliary meetings
mo 26 - training sessions
        government sessions
        room for auxiliary meetings
tu 27 - GUADEC main conference program
we 28 - GUADEC main conference program
th 29 - GUADEC main conference program

More information about the GNU hackers meeting, training sessions and government sessions will be released soon.

If you are planning to get together with your team during or before GUADEC, please drop us a line (on the GUADEC mailing list) so we can accommodate your event in the room scheduling.

Call for papers deadline nearing

The deadline for the call for papers is nearing. You have until march 20th to submit a proposal for your presentation on the guadec website.

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GUADEC 2010 to be held in The Hague, Netherlands

Monday, November 30th, 2009

BOSTON, Mass — November 30, 2009 — GUADEC, the annual GNOME conference, will be held in The Hague, Netherlands from the 24th through the 30th of July 2010. The conference is expected to draw more than 500 attendees to discuss and direct the future of the GNOME Project. GUADEC will draw members of the GNOME development and user community, as well as many participants in the overall FLOSS community from local projects, organizations, and companies.

The conference will lead up to the GNOME 3.0 release in September 2010. Keeping with the 3.0 theme, the three primary themes for GUADEC 2010 will be Government, education, and end users.

The Hague was one of several locations proposed for GUADEC in 2010. It was chosen in part due to the excellent facilities at the bid site, as well as easily accessible site for those traveling to GUADEC. The conference will be held at the Haagse Hogeschool, the higher vocational education institute in the region with an existing affinity for open source.

“Free Software is of great importance to culture in the digital age,” said Kees Vendrik, Green MP and advocate of open source and open standards in the Dutch public sector. “It offers a fertile feeding ground for education, innovation, and the economy at large. My party is delighted that the GNOME conference is coming to The Netherlands and we believe it will inspire our governmental bodies to put policy into practice.”

The core team of the winning bid consists of Vincent van Adrighem, Koen Martens, Sanne te Meerman, Fabrice Mous, and Reinout van Schouwen. Each of the core team members are well-rooted in the FLOSS community at large, with network spanning the most active FLOSS organizations in The Netherlands.

“We are very excited and honored to host GUADEC next year,” said Reinout van Schouwen. “With the upcoming release of GNOME 3.0, we’re confident that the conference will be one of the most important ones in the history of the GNOME project. We would like to invite the Free Software communities in our country and abroad to take advantage of this opportunity and show the world that open technology offers solutions for everyone!”

GUADEC is now in its 11th year, and follows a successful joint conference, the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GCDS), in 2009 with the KDE Project. As planned, GUADEC 2010 will be hosted on its own, but the door is open to another co-hosted event in the future.

Stormy Peters, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, said that GCDS was “a great conference, and an opportunity to work with our friends in the KDE Project on areas where both desktops can benefit. We hope to build on that experience this year with GUADEC.”

See the GUADEC Website for more information about the conference. Registration details and information on the call for papers will be up by January 6th. Look for another announcement at that time with more details about the CFP and tracks for GUADEC 2010.

About GNOME and the GNOME Foundation

GNOME is a free-software project whose goal is to develop a complete, accessible and easy to use desktop for Linux and Unix-based operating systems. GNOME also includes a complete development environment to create new applications. It is released twice a year on a regular schedule.

The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. GNOME is a standard part of all leading GNU/Linux and Unix distributions, and is popular with both large existing corporate deployments and millions of small business and home users worldwide.

Composed of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member directed, non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap.

More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at and
Media Enquiries

GNOME Foundation Executive Director
Stormy Peters
Phone: +1-617-206-3947

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