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Monday 24 October 2011

openSUSE 12.1 RC1 is out, with GNOME 3.2.1

At the end of last week, we unleashed RC1 of our next openSUSE release (12.1, scheduled for November 16th), and it comes with GNOME 3.2.1, which went out only a couple of days before RC1. Go grab a live image if you want to play with either openSUSE or GNOME 3 :-) There are still a few bugs here and there to iron out, but overall, the experience is very solid!

Anonymous openSUSE 12.1 user

"I upgraded to openSUSE 12.1, and this dramatically improved my life!" — Anonymous

It really feels good to have this openSUSE release nearing, as we missed the GNOME 3.0 boat (openSUSE 11.4 was released one month before GNOME 3.0): I, and I assume a few others, felt that we were stuck in the past with GNOME 2 in our world for so long. Sure, the work on backporting GNOME 3.0 and then 3.2 to openSUSE 11.4 helped, but we really wanted to share what was in Factory... Especially as there was really a lot of work to properly integrate this new GNOME.

I'm obviously really glad to see the GNOME 3 love in openSUSE, but looking back at the last few months, what is even greater to me is that we got many amazing people contribute to the GNOME team through-out this cycle. I'm sure I'll forget some of them (apologies for that, let me know so I add your name!), but here's a quick list:

  • Atri Bhattacharya
  • Bjørn Lie
  • Casual J. Programmer
  • Dominique Leuenberger
  • Frédéric Crozat
  • Gary Lin
  • Guido Berhörster
  • Joey Zheng
  • Kirill Kirillov
  • Malcolm Lewis
  • Nelson Marques
  • Richard Brown
  • Sankar P
  • Scott Reeves
  • Stephen Shaw

Their various contributions include updating packages, fixing bugs, testing, polishing the experience, supporting users, providing ideas, and more! Go ahead and thank those people when you meet them (virtually or in the real life): they all make the GNOME team rock! And who knows, maybe next time you'll also be one of those rock stars?

Wednesday 19 October 2011

New GNOME-FR board

Logo GNOME-FR Early last month, we had a GNOME-FR annual general meeting. It was a while since the last GNOME-FR meeting, and it felt good to get things moving forward again! For those who don't know, GNOME-FR is the french-speaking non-profit organization (association loi de 1901, to be exact), and while it's not the most active organization, it's quite useful to help organize the GNOME presence at events — usually french-speaking events, but also international events (like FOSDEM, for which GNOME-FR handles the t-shirts and more, since a bootstrapping fund given by the GNOME Foundation a few years ago).

We mostly discussed administrative details, like changing bank, relocating GNOME-FR to a new address (thanks to Frédéric Crozat for hosting it until last month, and thanks to Didier Roche for being the new host!), and updating the by-laws. You can go read the minutes (in french, obviously) if you want the details.

The real news is that we got a new GNOME-FR board (and new officers, obviosuly):

They are all people caring very much about GNOME, and it's great to have them in the board! Congratulations!

What makes me even more happy about this board is that we have people from Belgium, France and Switzerland: this really reflects the fact that we have people from different countries in the french-speaking community. And arguably, Alexandre could be considered German! ;-) Obviously, this board doesn't have as many tasks to deal with as the other board, but it's nonetheless important to me to know that GNOME-FR is in good hands!

And who knows, maybe GNOME-FR will participate again to a bid to host GUADEC or the Desktop Summit in 2013?

by Vincent