Planning our GNOME 3.0 Launch Party

GNOME.Asia committee is planning on organising a special event (hackfest+conference) for the GNOME 3.0 release, detail can be found here. In order to collect feedback from the GNOME community especially our future participants and better address their needs, interests and desires we have published a list of questions to help us out. If you are involved in the GNOME 3.0 release process in anyway or the GNOME shell, please support us by filling up the pre-event survey.

We have also been talking to other local GNOME communities and a lot of them are already planning for the D-day as well e.g. France, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam and China. We’re trying to synchronise and coordinate all those events in order to have a stronger worldwide marketing impact.

So if you are preparing for a launch party for the GNOME 3.0 release, please link your event planning page here so we can all share our ideas with one another! Let’s work together to make a global worldwide event that will truly celebrate GNOME 3.0 release!

SFD’10 competition is on!

All organizing teams of a Software Freedom Day 2010 event are invited to submit their event report in order to participate in the Best SFD Event Competition 2010 . There is a bit more than two weeks left so you should start to worry a little if you haven’t joined the competition yet!  We went to the extra mile this year to bring you amazing prizes (for the winning teams that is)  and are quite proud to  be able to offer in partnership with our sponsors the Open Source (GPL’ed)  Makerbot 3D printers and the book Free Software Free Society: selected essays by Richard M. Stallman signed by the author himself! Three teams will be selected as usual by the Software Freedom International board and reading previous years winning entries should give you some inspiration (this was a free tip!).

Submission deadline is October 31st 1200UTC and winning teams will hopefully be announcement somewhere around mid December the latest. And of course the submission link itself which I shouldn’t forget to remind you about is at Good luck to all!

One more GUG

A lot of good things came out of the COSCUP / GNOME.Asia 2010 event: not only did GNOME.Asia committee recruit 5 more core members, but Max has taken on the challenge to run a local GNOME User Group! The website is already up and the Taiwan GNOME User Group has a regular monthly meeting day: the first Tuesday of every month. The first meeting was successfully hosted exactly a month ago, on September 7th which is less than a month after the conference,  and pictures of  the past two meetings are viewable here.

The group aims to address the needs of both GNOME developers and users. As far as users are concerned they are planning to host an installfest very soon and a launch party for GNOME 3.0 release. On the contributors side of things, they have widely promoted the GNOME Women Outreach Program and a few young women members have already applied. Their next efforts will be centered around attracting more contributors into GNOME localization. Members are also considering to start a campaign to entice all those unknown Taiwanese GNOME users into participating in the group’s activities as well as count them. Those are all very interesting ideas and definitely just a beginning!

Congratulations are definitely in order for the launch of and a special thank you goes to Max, Imacat, Rex and all the participants who are making the local Taiwan GNOME User Group a reality!