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CNET News.com: Linux desktop software gets corporate backing

Aug 15, 2000, 02:14 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Gnome founder Miguel de Icaza is scheduled to announce tomorrow the formation of the Gnome Foundation, a group that will lead the software project and provide an avenue for corporate influence and funding, according to sources and documents about the plan. The foundation also will determine what software packages will be part of Gnome and will control future releases of the software, according to a draft charter obtained by CNET News.com."

"The foundation has opened the door to numerous corporations, including Sun Microsystems, VA Linux Systems, Collab.Net, Compaq Computer and IBM. Also included are companies that have had direct involvement with Gnome, such as Red Hat, Gnumatic, Henzai, Eazel and Helix Code, all of which will be members of the foundation's advisory board... The foundation also includes participation by the Free Software Foundation, a pioneer of open-source software, and the Object Management Group, an organization devoted to making programs able to communicate with each other in standard ways."

"A future version of the Gnome user interface will be adopted by Sun Microsystems for its Solaris operating system, and Sun will contribute more than 50 programmers to the effort to advance Gnome... In addition, Sun's StarOffice package will be tied more tightly with Gnome..."

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