"Senior GNOME developer Philip Van Hoof made the
proposal in a post to the GNOME Foundation's mailing list. He was
seconded in this by GNOME Foundation advisory board member David
"Van Hoof's post was part of a long thread that began back in
November when Lucas Roche informed members that the GNOME
Foundation Board had received complaints from community members
about some of the posts on Planet GNOME.
"The GNU Project was set up by Richard Stallman in the early
1980s as part of his moves to develop a fully free operating
system. Stallman also founded the Free Software Foundation.
"GNOME was started in 1997 by Miguel de Icaza, the current
vice-president of Novell, and Federico Mena Quintero in order to
develop a free desktop environment for use on Linux. The main
desktop environment available for Linux at the time, KDE, was using
a proprietary toolkit, QT, which was later released under a free
licence as well."
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