October 6, 2005
European Start-ups in Media and Mobile Technology Use GNOME
BOSTON, Mass – October 5, 2005 – The GNOME Foundation today announced three new corporate members – OpenedHand Ltd., Imendio AB and Fluendo S.L. These young growing companies are eager to support the GNOME Desktop project and become more deeply involved by joining GNOME’s advisory board. Based in the United Kingdom, Sweden and Spain, and specializing in different applications of the GNOME platform, they reflect the diversity and optimism of the GNOME community.
“We strongly believe that GNOME technologies give advantages on today’s mobile and embedded platforms,” said Matthew Allum, Director of OpenedHand. “At OpenedHand we are both GNOME developers and users. That’s why we are excited to join the foundation and further support GNOME and broaden its audience”.
“The GNOME platform has always been a core part of our business, so it’s with great joy that we announce this partnership. Our developers have been involved both professionally and personally in GNOME since the beginning of the project. We see this as a great opportunity to also support GNOME financially.” said Mikael Hallendal, CEO of Imendio AB.
“With GStreamer as GNOME’s multimedia framework we were happy to be invited to join the GNOME Foundation advisory board,” said Julien Moutte, CEO of Fluendo. “Through collaboration with the GNOME and GStreamer communities we hope to provide a first class multimedia experience for GNOME users.”
OpenedHand has unique skills and experience in royalty-free mobile and embedded open source software, ranging from low-level kernel development to user interface work. OpenedHand develops open source software as well as contributing to numerous free software communities including X.org, Freedesktop.org, the Linux kernel, OpenEmbedded, GNOME, GTK and GPE.
Imendio is a small European company employing some of the world’s most experienced and talented GNOME and GTK+ developers. Imendio focuses on cross-platform library and API development, targeting platforms ranging from embedded devices to desktops. With extensive experience in GLib/GTK+ and XMPP/Jabber, Imendio provides first class software development services.
Fluendo specializes in delivering products and consulting services focusing on UNIX and GNU/Linux multimedia. Fluendo employs several of the main developers of the GStreamer multimedia framework, which is quickly establishing itself as the de-facto standard multimedia framework for GNU/Linux and UNIX systems.
Fluendo’s flagship product is the Flumotion streaming media server, which benefits from a unique and powerful distributed design. Fluendo leads the way by combining best-of-breed systems from the Open Source world with a strong team of highly knowledgeable software engineers and a management team with extensive streaming media expertise.
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