|Founded||15 August 2000|
|Key people||Karen Sandler|
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 composed entirely of free software. It was founded on 15 August 2000 by Compaq, Eazel, Helix Code, IBM, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems and VA Linux Systems.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation coordinates releases of GNOME and determines which projects are a 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 produces educational materials and documentation to help the public learn about GNOME software. In addition, it sponsors GNOME-related technical conferences, such as GUADEC, GNOME.Asia, and the Boston Summit, represents GNOME at relevant conferences sponsored by others, helps create technical standards for the project, and promotes the use and development of GNOME software.
Board of directors
The Foundation's Board of Directors is elected every year via elections held by the GNOME Foundation Election Committee. In 2011/2012, Board Members are Emmanuele Bassi, Joanmarie Diggs, Seif Lotfy, Shaun McCance, Tobias Mueller, Andreas Nilsson and Bastien Nocera.
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)
- Luis Villa (2002–2006, 2008–2009)
All GNOME contributors can apply for Foundation membership. All members are eligible to stand for the Board of Directors, vote in Board elections and suggest referendum for voting.
The Foundation's Advisory Board is a body of organizations and companies that wish to communicate and work closely with the Board of Directors and the GNOME project. Organizations 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 2010[update], Advisory Board members include: Canonical Ltd., Debian, Free Software Foundation, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Igalia, Intel, Motorola, Mozilla Foundation, Nokia, Novell, OLPC, Red Hat, Software Freedom Law Center, Sugar Labs and Sun Microsystems.
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- The GNOME Foundation, the official website of the foundation