During LibrePlanet 2012, Jeremy Allison had some quality Geek Time with Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation. Some highlights from their chat can be found below.



Jeremy asks Karen to describe her role at the GNOME Foundation and what she does for free software. (0:40)

Karen chats about what makes GNOME different from other desktop software. (1:57)

Jeremy points out that Ubuntu uses its own separate interface, Unity, rather than using the GNOME 3 shell. Is there a chance Unity can be ‘unified’ with GNOME 3? (4:20)

Karen discusses the real challenge in the GNU Linux space, reaching new users.  (5:05)

Jeremy asks Karen if GNOME collaborates on technology with the other Linux desktops like KDE?  (6:15)

Karen answers the question what is GNOME doing to address the complete change in computing from desktop computing to tablets or phones in recent years? (8:05)

Karen describes what accessibility on a desktop means to her. (10:21)

Women in computing is an important topic for Karen so she discusses a couple of the programs she is involved in, including the GNOME Outreach Program for Women (12:38) and her advisory role in the Ada Initiative. (15:44)

Karen discusses her interest and passion for free software in medical devices. (17:20)

Jeremy inquires how Karen first became involved in the free software community and her path to Executive Director at the GNOME Foundation. (21:40)

A hearty thank you to Daniel Piccirillo for filming this interview.

By Stephanie Taylor, Open Source Programs