GNOME, KDE join Document Foundation’s advisory board

The Document Foundation (TDF) has announced that GNOME Foundation and KDE e.v. have joined its Advisory Board.

In turn, TDF has joined the Advisory Boards of the two free software organizations. The objective is to strengthen relationships between the largest not for profit organizations focused on open source software, to foster the growth of the entire ecosystem.

The Document Foundation and GNOME Foundation have decided to tighten their relationship, in a move intended to create stronger ties between the two communities, and to foster the integration between LibreOffice and one of the most popular desktop environments for Linux.

The GNOME Foundation is a non-profit organization that furthers the goals of the GNOME Project, which is composed of both volunteers and paid contributors, helping it to create a free software computing platform for the general public that is designed to be elegant, efficient, and easy to use.

GNOME is a desktop environment that is composed entirely of free and open source software, targeting Linux but also supported on most derivatives of BSD. Since the release of GNOME 3.0, the GNOME Project has focused on the development of a set of programs known as the GNOME Core Applications, for the adherence to the current GNOME HUD guidelines and the tight integration with underlying GNOME layers.

“The GNOME Foundation oversees one of the cornerstones of the FLOSS desktop, and we are extremely happy to work with them on an organizational level to improve the desktop software experience and user interface. We can also learn from each other, as we are both based on volunteer-driven governance,” says Michael Meeks, Director, The Document Foundation.

“GNOME and LibreOffice both aim to bring competitive Free Software products to as many people as possible. Our growing partnership will help us to further this mission, by increasing cooperation and sharing information, expertise and best practices. We’re excited about this new chapter in the relationship between the two projects!”, says Shaun McCance, President of the Board of GNOME Foundation.

GNOME Foundation is an independent organization committed to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to the GNOME Project and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.

KDE has been creating Free Software since 1996 and shares a lot of values around Free Software and open document formats with TDF. It brings the experience of running a Free Software organization for almost two decades to their advisory board.

Both organizations are working in the OASIS technical committee for the OpenDocument format, and also collaborate on common aspects of development of office software, such as usability and visual design. The affiliation of KDE and The Document Foundation at an organizational level will help to move forward with the shared goal of giving end users control of their computing needs through Free Software.

“The KDE project is one of the essential pieces of the FLOSS desktop initiative, and we are most happy to liaise with them now also on an organizational level. Beyond the shared goal of liberating people’s software experience, there is also lots of synergies to explore in areas ranging from document filter technologies to volunteer-driven governance,” says Thorsten Behrens, member of the board at The Document Foundation.

Lydia Pintscher, President of KDE e.V., says: “KDE has been one of the first Free Software non-profit organizations incorporated according to German law. We are happy to share some of the things we learnt over the many years we are running KDE now. Free software and open formats are two of the cornerstones which unite us with many other organizations, such as The Document Foundation, working on establishing freedom for users of digital devices everywhere. In order to achieve our vision of a world in which everyone has control over their digital life and enjoys freedom and privacy, we need strong partnerships with like-minded organizations like The Document Foundation.”

KDE represents the KDE Community, an international technology team dedicated to creating a free and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, a variety of applications for communication, work, education and entertainment, and a platform to easily build new applications upon.

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