Google and Motorola join Gnome Foundation
Motorola and Google have joined the advisory board of the Gnome Foundation. According to a press release, the foundation, which develops the eponymous Unix/Linux desktop, sees its new members as representing significant industry support for the mobile sector. The additional resources gained by Motorola and Google sponsoring the foundation, will be used for initiatives that promote the foundation’s goal of universal access, such as extending accessibility on the desktop, laptops and mobile devices, usability studies and internationalisation.
The Gnome Foundation, founded in 2000, takes advice from the advisory board, which represents both non-profit and commercial organisations who want to interact more closely with the Gnome development process and planning. The board includes Ubuntu sponsor Canonical, Debian, the Free Software Foundation, Intel, Nokia, HP, Red Hat, Novell and Sun among its members. The Gnome Mobile & Embedded Initiative (GMAE) was started in April 2007 and is aimed at developing the software platform for a wide range of devices, allowing Gnome to push forward into a rapidly growing market.