GNOME Foundation

GNOME Foundation

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The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, coordinating the efforts in the GNOME project.


The GNOME Foundation works to further the goal of the GNOME project: to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is completely free software.

To achieve this goal, the Foundation coordinates releases of GNOME and determines which projects are part of GNOME. The Foundation acts as an official voice for the GNOME project, providing a means of communication with the press and with commercial and noncommercial organizations interested in GNOME software. The foundation may produce educational materials and documentation to help the public learn about GNOME software. In addition, it may sponsor GNOME-related technical conferences, such as GUADEC and Boston Summit, represent GNOME at relevant conferences sponsored by others, help create technical standards for the project, and promote the use and development of GNOME software.


As of July 2008, Stormy Peters is the Foundation's executive director. [cite pressrelease|publisher=GNOME Foundation|title=GNOME hires Stormy Peters as Executive Director|url=|date=2008-07-07|accessdate=2008-07-24]

Board of Directors

The Foundation's Board of Directors is elected every year via election held by GNOME Foundation Election Committee.

Current (since January 2008) Board Members are Brian Cameron, Behdad Esfahbod, John Palmieri, Lucas Rocha, Vincent Untz, Luis Villa, and Jeff Waugh.cite web|url=|title=About the GNOME Foundation|publisher=GNOME Foundation|accessdate=2008-07-25]

Notable former board members

* Nat Friedman (2001–2003)
* Jim Gettys (2000–2002)
* Miguel de Icaza (2000–2002)
* Raph Levien (2000–2001)
* Michael Meeks (2001)
* Federico Mena Quintero (2000–2001, 2004–2005)
* Havoc Pennington (2000–2001)


All GNOME contributors can apply to be a member of the Foundation. All members are eligible to stand for the Board of Directors, vote in the Board elections and suggest referenda for voting. [cite web|publisher=GNOME Foundation|url=|title=GNOME Foundation Membership|accessdate=2008-07-25]

Advisory Board

The Foundation's Advisory Board is a body comprised of organisations and companies that wish to communicate closely with the Board of Directors and the GNOME project. Organisations may join the advisory board for an annual fee of between US$5000 and US$10000, or be invited as a non-profit.

As of 2008, Advisory Board members include: Canonical Ltd, Debian, IBM, Mozilla Foundation, Nokia, Novell, Red Hat and Sun Microsystems.


External links

* [ The GNOME Foundation] , the official website of the foundation

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