August 1, 2013

Linux Foundation Joins the GNOME Advisory Board

Brno, Czech Republic — August 1, 2013 — Karen Sandler, GNOME Foundation Executive Director, announced today that the Linux Foundation has become the latest member of GNOME’s Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is a body of stakeholder organizations and companies who support the GNOME Project by providing funding and expert consultation. It includes IBM, Google, Intel and the Free Software Foundation, among others.

Speaking at the opening of GNOME’s annual European conference (GUADEC), Sandler said: “We are excited to have the Linux Foundation join our Advisory Board, and look forward to working closely with them. Their membership in the Advisory Board is a recognition of the value that the GNOME Project brings to the GNU/Linux ecosystem, which is something that we hope to enhance even further in the future.”

The Linux Foundation is a nonprofit consortium of leading companies dedicated to promoting the Linux kernel and related Free and Open Source Software technologies. Joining the Advisory Board gives the organization a direct voice within the GNOME Project and will enable it to play a greater role in the future of GNOME.

“Our mission to promote and advance the Linux kernel is aided by our partnerships with key free software projects,” said Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation. “GNOME is an important project and we are looking forward to continued collaboration by joining the advisory board.”

Dan Frye, who is Vice President of Open Systems Development at IBM and also a board member of the Linux Foundation said, “I’m very pleased that the Linux Foundation will now be part of GNOME’s Advisory Board. This is an opportunity for two longstanding influential organizations in the open source community to work together. The Linux Foundation and GNOME have complementary goals, missions, and skills. This relationship should help both organizations and he entire community.”

The nonprofit GNOME Foundation is an independent organization committed to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.

More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at www.gnome.org.