Well-known free software advocate and non-profit management expert joins the desktop software organization.

BOSTON, Mass. August 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 entertainment industry.

“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 Foundation.”

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 project.

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.