Candidates for the GNOME Foundation 2010 Elections

Below you will find a list of candidates who are running for the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors. A short summary statement from each candidate and a link to their full candidacy announcement is provided to help you learn more about them. We encourage all voters to read the full candidacy statements and related discussions on Foundation Board Elections 2010 and

When deciding who you should vote for, please carefully consider the various tasks the Board of Directors must perform. This overview may be helpful. Keep in mind that the board will make a number of important decisions and will also have to perform many tasks which require a significant amount of time and effort and the ability to work and communicate with other people, companies, and the media. The board of directors will represent GNOME to companies and the world in a very real way. It is a good idea to strive for a well-balanced board consisting of people with various backgrounds, skills, and perspectives.

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Candidates for the GNOME Foundation Board of Directors

1. Brian Cameron
Affiliation: Oracle
Full statement at

I am running for re-election for a third term on the board. I am running not just because I love GNOME, the GNOME community, and free software; but also because I have experience working on the board and a good track record of getting things done.

2. Yang Emily Chen
Affiliation: Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Will become Oracle soon after LEC in China)
Full statement at

Hi, this Emily Chen. I participated in GNOME since 2006. Now I am continue working in GNOME community because I believe in GNOME. I worked on LDTP project in 2006, then participated in Google Summer of Code 2006 and 2007 on GNOME LDTP projects as mentor. In 2008, I started the GNOME.Asia and organized the GNOME.Asia Summit 2008 in China and GNOME.Asia Summit 2009 in Vietnam. Now I am working on the GNOME.Asia 2010, which will be host in Taiwan in August. Also, I start the Beijing GNOME Users Group in Beijing since 2008 Nov. Now Beijing GNOME Users Group is one of the most active organization in Beijing. I want to make GNOME grow in Beijing, China, and Asia, it is meaningful to promote GNOME to more people, especially in Asia, because I see many opportunity and good community here in Asian.

3. Baris Cicek
Affiliation: Nerd Software
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I'm 27 years old, and contributing GNOME since early 2000s. I've been taking role of GNOME Turkish translation coordinator since 2004, and in past served community at GNOME Membership and Elections committee for three years. My last but not the least significant contribution was organizing GUADEC 2008 which was held in Istanbul. Since from the day one I've also been trying to contribute with occasional bug reports and patches for various GNOME applications as well.

4. Paul Cutler
Affiliation: Novell
Full statement at

Hi, I'm Paul and I've been contributing to GNOME since 2006 in documentation, marketing and the web team. I have been on the Board for the last two months having been asked to fill Behdad's term. I think the GNOME Foundation is doing very well and the future is bright with GNOME 3.0 just around the corner. I want to help promote GNOME 3 and continue to improve the communication between the Board, the GNOME communities and GNOME's partners to help GNOME grow.

5. Seif Lotfy
Affiliation: None
Full statement at

Hello, I'm Seif Lotfy, I have been using GNOME since 2004 and participated starting 2007. I enjoy being part of the community and enjoy spreading GNOME. I initiated Zeitgeist and GNOME activity Journal, and dedicated most of my time developing them and building a community around both. Now I would love to start contributing in other parts of GNOME.

6. Og Maciel
Affiliation: rPath Inc
Full statement at

The GNOME Project has allowed me to take my first steps into the world of collaborative projects and long nights of translation sprints. Due to my open minded attitude, I have been able to get involved in many different projects and work with a great number of interesting people. My passion is in the community aspect of these projects and how to better integrate new comers and volunteers with the rest of the community. I am also extremely interested in how we, the open source community as a whole, can leverage this immense pool of ideas and projects, and use it to the benefit of all. If elected to the board, I will bring in my experience of building communities and guiding/enabling users to become more active in the GNOME Project. After all, the GNOME Project IS about people! I will also push to make accessibility a high priority for the project.

7. Andreas Nilsson
Affiliation: None
Full statement at

I'm Andreas Nilsson, 28 years old, from Sweden. I've been part of the GNOME community since around 2005 and do all kinds of visual stuff for the project. Websites, t-shirts, icons, etc. as part of the Art team and the Marketing team. I run my own freelance design company in Gothenburg and this is my candidacy for GNOME Board of Directors.

8. Bastien Nocera
Affiliation: Red Hat UK Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Red Hat Inc.
Full statement at

I'm a 31 year-old French Anglophile, who has been involved in GNOME for more than 10 years, first as an application developer, then as a core hacker (though I did not hack on gnome-core[1] at the time).

9. Germán Póo-Caamaño
Affiliation: None
Full statement at

I am a contributor since 2000 and I am running for re-election for the Foundation Board because I am confident there is plenty of room where I can help to Gnome and its community, as in the last year, bringing a different perspective and an independent voice.

10. Diego Escalante Urrelo
Affiliation: Igalia S.L.
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I'm Diego, 22, from good old Lima - Perú. I've been involved since 2006, I've contributed with code, bug triaging, accounts administration, promotion with/at events, organization, Board, etc. I love GNOME and our community, it's awesome :).

11. Jonh Wendell
Affiliation: Santo Antonio Sugar Company
Full statement at

I've been using GNOME since 2005 and contributing since 2006. I love GNOME. I love to spread GNOME. I love to bring new contributors to GNOME. That's why I'm running for the board of directors (for the first time).

Additional Elections-related Information

Note, that according to the Bylaws Article VIII Section 2d there is a 2-person maximum on the number of people affiliated with any one company that can be on the board: if more than 2 persons from one company get elected, only the top 2 vote getters will get on. You will be able to vote for up to 7 candidates of your choice, with no restrictions, except that you cannot vote more than once for the same candidate.

If you have any futher question, please consult the Rules for this election or write to