Sugar Labs go GNOME
The GNOME Foundation has announced that Sugar Labs has joined the GNOME's advisory board and will be represented on that board by Walter Bender, executive director of Sugar Labs. The Sugar environment, as used on the One Laptop Per Child's XO, uses both GTK+ and Telepathy and is licensed under the GPL. GNOME itself is available on many netbook Linux distributions, such as Maemo and Ubuntu Netbook Remix. Given the obvious connections between the two projects, such a move could be seen as inevitable.
Stormy Peters, executive director of the GNOME Foundation, said "The GNOME Foundation is excited to have Sugar Labs join the advisory board". She applauded the new advisory board members work saying "Sugar embodies the GNOME mission of making sure technology is available to anyone, not just technical people, regardless of culture, financial well-being or physical ability".
Sugar Labs appears to be in the process of reinforcing its free software culture; earlier this month it joined the Software Freedom Conservancy.