BOSTON--Aug. 22, 2001--In a move that will take
it to the next level, the GNOME Foundation, the organization
driving the direction and development of GNOME desktop software for
GNU/Linux, UNIX and other free software systems, has hired Timothy
Ney as executive director. Mr. Ney is well known in the free
software community for his past work with the Free Software
Foundation, where he was the managing officer, and as a popular
speaker and advocate.
"Timothy's expertise will help bring the GNOME Foundation to
full maturity as a force in the free software community," said
Havoc Pennington, GNOME Foundation board chair. "We welcome Tim to
the GNOME Foundation."
Mr. Ney has extensive experience in the growth and management of
non-profit organizations. In his three years at the Free Software
Foundation, he brought that organization from running an annual
deficit to assets totaling more than $1 million. Mr. Ney has also
served as Executive Director of the Independent Feature Project and
was Director of Sponsorship and Loan Programs at the New York
Foundation for the Arts. Additionally, he served as Director of
Business Development for Baseline, the first online service for the
"Timothy has always been a great resource for GNOME." Miguel de
Icaza, president of the GNOME Foundation and CTO and co-founder,
Ximian, Inc., said. "We're happy that he has chosen to join our
organization and lend his talent to the growth of GNOME and the
GNOME is a free software project that is developing a complete,
easy to use desktop for GNU/Linux (more commonly known as Linux),
BSD and a variety of other Unix and Unix-like operating systems.
The GNOME desktop is used by millions of people around the world.
More than 500 computer developers, including over 100 full-time,
paid developers, contribute their time and effort to the
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
provides organizational, financial and legal support to the GNOME
project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME is an
entirely free user environment for desktops, networked servers and
portable Internet devices. The modern architecture and design of
GNOME includes a technically advanced application development
platform and a powerful end-user desktop environment. Major leading
software industry and computer manufacturers support the GNOME
development effort, which is led by a worldwide community of
volunteers. More information on GNOME is available at www.gnome.org/.
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