"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..."