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Get ready for Google Summer of Code 2023 with GNOME!

Google has recently announced the 2023 edition of Google Summer of Code.

The 2022 changes in the program’s format have been successful and are continuing for 2023, with just a small adjustment around eligibility (described in the link above).

GNOME is certainly going to apply to be a mentoring organization, and we hope to once again be part of the program.

If you are a new contributor interested in a summer sponsorship to work in the GNOME project, this is a great time to start preparing!

Visit our Newcomers tutorial to learn how to make your first contribution, join our communication channels to discuss ideas with the community, and stay tuned to our gsoc.gnome.org website!

If you have any doubts/questions, feel free to open a topic in our Discourse tag.

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Google Summer of Code 2022: It’s a wrap!

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Another program year is ending and we are extremely happy with the resulting work of our contributors!

This year GNOME had nine Google Summer of Code projects covering various areas, from improving apps in our ecosystem to standardizing our web presence. We hope our interns had a glimpse of our community that motivated them to continue engaged with their projects and involved with the broad GNOME ecosystem.

A special thanks goes to our mentors that are the front-line of this initiative, sharing their knowledge and introducing our community to the new contributors. Thank you so much!

We encourage interns now to contemplate their future after GSoC. If you want to continue with us, speak to your mentor about your interests and ask for some tips on how you can continue participating in the project. Also, there are opportunities of employment that can help you build a career in open source.

Thanks for choosing GNOME for your internship! We were lucky to have you!

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GNOME will be mentoring 9 new contributors in Google Summer of Code 2022!

We are happy to announce that GNOME was assigned nine slots for Google Summer of Code projects this year!

GSoC is a program focused on bringing new contributors into open source software development. A number of long term GNOME developers are former GSoC interns, making the program a very valuable entry point for new members in our project.

In 2022 we will mentoring the following projects:

Project Title Contributor Assigned Mentor(s)
Reworking Sync Options for Health amankrx Rasmus Thomsen
Chromecast support for GNOME Network Displays Anupam Kumar Claudio Wunder and Benjaming Berg
Pitivi: Port UI to GTK4 Aryan Kaushik Alex Băluț and Yatin
Faces of GNOME – Continuing the Development of the Platform Asmit Malakannawar Claudio Wunder and Caroline Henriksen
Revamp “New Document” submenu Ignacy Kuchciński and Utkarsh Gandhi António Fernandes
Fractal: Media history viewer Marco Melorio Julian Sparber
GNOME Websites Framework – Part 2 Pooja Patel Claudio Wunder and Caroline Henriksen
Pitivi Timeline Enhancements Thejas Kiran P S Alex Băluț and Fabián Orccón

As part of the contributor’s acceptance into GSoC they are expected to actively participate in the Community Bonding period (May 20 – June 12). The Community Bonding period is intended to help prepare contributors to start contributing at full speed starting June 13.

The new contributors will soon get their blogs added to Planet GNOME making it easy for the GNOME community to get to know them and the projects that they will be working on.

We would like to also thank our mentors for supporting GSoC and helping new contributors enter our project.

If you have any doubts, feel free to reply to this Discourse topic or message us privately at [email protected]

** This is a repost from https://discourse.gnome.org/t/announcement-gnome-will-be-mentoring-9-new-contributors-in-google-summer-of-code-2022/9918

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GNOME Foundation Board Elections 2022

My involvement with GNOME started in my teens and has continued over the years where it influenced my studies, career, and even the place I chose to live. One of my desires in my journey has been to help the GNOME project achieve its goals and fulfill its vision of building an open source desktop environment that is accessible and easy to use to a general audience. Sitting on the Board has enabled me to contribute to these efforts more directly and has also taught me plenty about community governance and nonprofit sustainability.

My Board term is ending now and will not run for reelection for a few reasons: firstly, I believe that a rotation of board members can help increase community engagement and transparency. The current model our Board has of renewing parts of its members every year IMO does a great job at ensuring continuity of board programs while allowing for new voices and perspectives to onboard and maximize the impact.

Another reason why I will not be running for reelection is that I am convinced I can be more beneficial to the GNOME project by contributing to more operational tasks and running some of our programs, instead of the position of governance and oversight expected of the Board members. I would like for my seat on the Board to be filled by someone with skills and enthusiasm for reaching out to broader audiences beyond GNOME, someone capable of bridging our plans and vision with opportunities that can bring funding, diversity, and sustainability to the Foundation.

I am not going anywhere. You will still see me around the chat channels, forums, and conferences. I want to focus on improving our Newcomers onboarding experience as well as increase our conversion rate of Outreachy/GSoC interns that become long-term contributors. This also involves helping application developers monetize their work and making sure volunteers are given employment opportunities that allow them to continue working on open source software. I also want to refocus on my coding contributions, while learning new things and keeping up with modern technologies.

All in all, I am looking forward to meeting my fellow GNOME friends in GUADEC this year after such a long time with no travel. o/

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GSoC 2022: GNOME Foundation has been accepted as a mentor organization!

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We are happy to announce that GNOME has been accepted as a mentor organization for Google Summer of Code 2022!

New contributors will be reaching out in our communication channels for information about the program and to discuss project ideas, please point them to gsoc.gnome.org.

If you have any questions/doubts you can open a topic in our Discourse community, send an email to [email protected], or reach out in our GSoC Matrix chat room.

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Call for project ideas and mentors for Google Summer of Code 2022

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It is that time of the year again when we start gathering ideas and mentors for Google Summer Code .

Google Summer of Code 2022 will bring some changes. Our main highlights are:

Please, submit your project ideas as issues in our gitlab repository by March 1st. Make sure you answer all the questions in the issue template (Project-Proposal template).

The GNOME Foundation recognizes that mentoring is a time consuming effort, and for this reason, we will be giving accepted mentors an option to receive the $500 USD stipend that Google pays the organization for each contributor. Mentors can choose to revert the fund into a donation to the GNOME Foundation. Some payment restrictions may apply (please contact us for questions).

Proposals will be reviewed by the GNOME GSoC Admins and posted in our Project Ideas page.

If you have any doubts, please don’t hesitate to contact the GNOME GSoC Admins on this very same forum or on Matrix in the channel #soc:gnome.org

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Integrating sandboxed Vala apps with the host system through xdg-desktop-portals

Portals are a mechanism through which applications can interact with the host environment from within a sandbox. They give the ability to interact with data, files, and services without the need to add sandbox permissions.

Examples of capabilities that can be accessed through portals include opening files through a file chooser dialog, or printing. More information about portals can be found in Sandbox Permissions.

Some portals, such as the FileChooser one, provide an almost seamless experience without much extra code on the app side. For other portals, you usually need some code to talk to the portal’s DBus interface or use libportal.

Vala was designed specifically for the development of GNOME apps, and it has some nice syntax-sugar that makes the communication with DBus pretty simple to implement.

GNOME Boxes is written in Vala and, for this reason, instead of consuming libportal, I introduced a small singleton Portal class that centralizes the whole portal communication logic for the app. This turned out to be quite convenient, so I am copy-pasting it in other Vala apps I work on, and sharing this here in case it can be useful to you too. 🙂

This works because in Vala you can define a namespace matching the desired DBus interface name and with annotations, you can bind objects, properties, and methods to a DBus service. See the Vala DBus Client Samples for more examples.

With the Portal singleton, a call to the Background portal requesting permission for the app to run in the background gets as simple as:

var portals = Portals.get_default ();
yield portals.request_to_run_in_background ((response, results) => {
    if (response == 0)
        // do something...
});

Notice that this is an async call and you may pass a callback to handle its response.

Nothing written here is new, but I thought it was worth sharing this snippet to help others make their apps integrate with xdg-desktop-portals and reduce the unnecessary exposition of user data in sandboxed environments.

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GNOME LATAM 2021 was a real blast!

This year, motivated by the success of virtual events like GNOME Asia and GNOME Onboard Africa, we decided to organize a GNOME LATAM (virtual) conference. The event was a success, with a nice mix of Spanish and Portuguese-speaking presenters. The recordings are now available and (if you understand Spanish or Portuguese) I highly encourage you to check what the Latin American GNOMies are up to. 🙂

  • Juan Pablo Ugarte, from Argentina, that most of you GNOME people know from his work on Glade, had an interesting talk showing his new project: “Cambalache UI Maker”: A modern Glade replacement for GTK4. Juan hasn’t open sourced it yet, but you’ll see it when he pops up in Planet GNOME.
  • Claudio Wunder, from Germany, that you may know from the GNOME engagement team, did a presentation about the engagement team’s work in GNOME and discussed the challenges of managing online communities with its cultural differences and all. Claudio studied in Brazil and speaks Portuguese fluently.
  • Daniel Garcia Moreno, from Spain, that you may know from Endless and Fractal, had a talk sharing his experiences mentoring in GSoC and Outreachy. This was also a good opportunity to introduce the programs to the Latin American community, which is underrepresented in FOSS.
  • me, from Brazil :D, presented a “Developing native apps with GTK talk” where I write up a simple web browser in Python, with GTK and WebKitGtk, while I comment on the app development practices we use in GNOME, and present our tooling such as DevHelp, GtkInspector, Icon Browser, GNOME Builder, Flatpak, etc…
  • Martín Abente Lahaye, from Paraguay, that you may know from GNOME, Sugar Labs, Endless, and Flatseal, had a presentation about GNOME on phones. He commented on the UX of GNOME applications and Phosh in phones, and highlighted areas where things can be improved.
  • Cesar Fabian Orccon Chipana, from Perú, former GSoC intern for GNOME, GStreamer, did an extensive demo of GStreamer pipelines, explaining GStreamer concepts and all. He had super cool live demos!
  • Rafael Fontenelle, from Brazil, is a coordinator of the pt_BR translation team for many years and translates a huge portion of GNOME himself. He did a walk-through of the GNOME translation processes, sharing tips and tricks.
  • Daniel Galleguillos + Fernanda Morales, from Chile, from the GNOME Engagement team, presented design work for the GNOME engagement team. Showing tools and patterns they use for doing event banners, swag, social media posts, and all. Daniel was also responsible for editing the event recordings. Thanks a lot, Daniel!
  • Fabio Duran Verdugo and Matías Rojas-Tapia, from Chile, a long-time GNOME member, presented Handibox. An accessibility tool they are working on at their university to help users with motor impairment use desktop computers. Inspiring!
  • Georges Basile Stavracas Neto, from Brazil, you may know from Endless and GNOME Shell, presented a very nice summary about the GNOME design philosophy and the changes in GNOME Shell 40 and their plans for the future.
  • The event was opened and closed by Julita Inca Chiroque, from Peru, a long-time GNOME Foundation member. Thanks a lot, Julita!

I hope we can make this a tradition and have a GNOME LATAM edition yearly! Thanks a lot to all attendees!

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Let’s welcome our new interns!

It is that time of the year again when we get to meet our new interns participating in both Outreachy and Google Summer of Code. This year the GNOME Project is proud to sponsor two Outreachy internships for the May-August season and to mentor 12 students in GSoC 2021!

Our Outreachy projects are listed here, and you can find our GSoC projects here.

Our interns have received an email with instructions for the community bonding period, and you will start seeing their blog posts appearing in Planet GNOME very soon. Make sure you say “hello” and make them feel welcome in our project. Keep in mind that beyond the project’s tasks, we want them to become long-term contributors and, later on, Foundation members. You also will have a chance to get to know about their projects during our Intern Lightning Talks at GUADEC.

If you have any doubt about our participation in these programs, feel free to contact the GNOME GSoC admins or join the #soc channel.

Happy hacking!