Canonical Ltd. Joins the GNOME Foundation’s Advisory Board

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Joining the foundation’s advisory board gives us the opportunity to do both within an established and forward thinking group.

Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, announced today it has joined the GNOME Foundation’s advisory board.

The GNOME Foundation advisory board is made up of representatives from Free Software friendly companies in industry, from large industry players to companies which have grown from the free software community. The advisory board provides a vehicle for its members to communicate with the board of directors and help the directors guide the overall direction of GNOME and the GNOME Foundation.

“Community acceptance is a big part of the success of Ubuntu and we continue to seek ways to give back and provide support to the community and upstream projects, like GNOME,” said Jane Silber, director of Operations, Canonical Ltd., who will serve on the board. “Joining the foundation’s advisory board gives us the opportunity to do both within an established and forward thinking group.”

“Since launching the Ubuntu distribution, Canonical has been a great proponent of the GNOME desktop and community partner. The changes which Ubuntu has brought to the project have made the free software user experience better for all GNOME users,” said Dave Neary, former chairman of the GNOME Foundation. “Now, Canonical's presence on the advisory board reinforces the industry support for the GNOME project as an outstanding free software desktop environment. With Debian, Novell and Red Hat already members, the companies and communities behind all of the most popular GNU/Linux distributions are now sponsors of the GNOME Foundation.”

GNOME is a free-software project whose goal is to develop a complete, and easy to use desktop for Linux and UNIX-based operating systems. GNOME also includes a complete development platform.

The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world. GNOME is a standard part of all leading Linux and Unix distributions worldwide, including popular community distributions like Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora Core, and SUSE. It is is also the default desktop on major enterprise Linux and UNIX distributions like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, and Sun Java Desktop System.

GNOME is also the desktop of choice for some of the world's biggest Linux desktop deployments, including large government deployments in Extremadura, Spain, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. GNOME's technology is used by major Linux ISVs such as Mozilla Firefox, the Eclipse Project, Real Networks, and VMWare. Additionally, GNOME is increasingly being used by mobile device companies such as Nokia and ACCESS.

More information on GNOME can be found at

About the GNOME Foundation
Comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and industry-leading companies, the GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME. The Foundation is a member directed, non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. More information on the GNOME Foundation can be found at

About Canonical and Ubuntu
Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is a global organization headquartered in Europe committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class 24x7 commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical's global support team and partners. Since its launch in October 2004 Ubuntu has become one of the most highly regarded Linux distributions with millions of users around the world. Ubuntu will always be free to download, free to use and free to distribute to others. With these goals in mind, Ubuntu aims to be the most widely used Linux system, and is the centre of a global open source software ecosystem.

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