The GNOME Project

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The GNOME Project
Founded August 1997; 16 years ago (1997-08)
Founder Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena[1]
Type Community
Focus Free software
Products GNOME, GTK, glib,…
Method Development and documentation

The GNOME Project is a community behind the GNOME desktop environment and the software platform it is based on. It consists of all the software developers, artists and active users of GNOME.

GNOME Translation Project[edit]

GNOME Foundation[edit]

Main article: GNOME Foundation

In August 2000, the GNOME Foundation was set up to deal with administrative tasks and press interest, and to act as a contact point for companies interested in developing GNOME software. While not directly involved in technical decisions, the Foundation does coordinate releases and decide which projects will be part of GNOME. Membership is open to anyone who has made a non-trivial contribution to the project.[2] Members of the Foundation elect a board of directors every November, and candidates for the positions must be members themselves.

Programs and events[edit]

The GNOME Project holds several community programs and events, usually tailored to local users and developers. The main gathering of GNOME contributors is the GNOME Users And Developers European Conference (GUADEC), an annual conference used to discuss the development and progress of GNOME.[3] The idea of GUADEC events is attributed to the GNOME developers' and users' Paris meeting of 1998,[4] and the next GUADEC is planned to be held in A Coruña, Spain.[5] GNOME also participates in the Desktop Summit, which is a joint conference organized by the GNOME and KDE communities that is held annually in Europe. The last Desktop Summit was held in Berlin, Germany, 6–12 August 2011 at the Humboldt University.[6]

Among the project's community programs is the Outreach Program for Women, established with the goals of increasing women participation and improving the resources available to all newcomers for getting involved in GNOME.[7]

Collaboration with other projects[edit]

The GNOME Project actively collaborates with other free software projects. Previous collaboration efforts were ordinarily organized on project-to-project basis.[8] To make the collaboration broader, the project was founded.


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  2. ^ "Membership of the GNOME foundation", GNOME Foundation, retrieved 2005-09-08 
  3. ^ GUADEC, The GNOME Project, retrieved 2011-12-03 
  4. ^ "About", GUADEC, retrieved 2011-12-03 
  5. ^ "Dates announcement", GUADEC, 2011-11-07, retrieved 2011-12-03 
  6. ^ Larabel, Michael (2011-08-02), "Desktop Summit 2011: Copyright Assignment, Wayland & Beer", Phoronix, retrieved 2011-12-03 
  7. ^ "Support women participation in GNOME!", The GNOME Project, retrieved 2011-12-03 
  8. ^ Lehrbaum, Rick (2000-08-15), "GNOME community & industry leaders launch 5-point initiative", LinuxDevices (eWeek), archived from the original on 27 January 2013, retrieved 2011-12-10