The GNOME Foundation announced Wednesday that Canonical, the creator of the Ubuntu operating system, has joined the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board. The Advisory Board is a group of stakeholder companies and organizations who support the GNOME Project with funding and expert consultation. Current members of the board include the Linux Foundation, Google, and the Free Software Foundation.
Jamie Bennett, Vice President of Devices and IoT Engineering at Canonical stated, "the recently launched Ubuntu 1710 (Artful Aardvark) had been widely anticipated as the first version of Ubuntu to switch to GNOME. The success of this release is thanks to the GNOME community. We're excited to join the GNOME Foundation Advisory Board to continue our collaboration in closer partnership."
Ubuntu is the most popular GNU/Linux distribution with millions of daily users. Canonical was created alongside Ubuntu to help it reach a wider market. The company works with their hardware partners to make the operating system available pre-installed on PCs, and together, ensure the OS runs reliably on desktops, notebooks, smartphones, servers and most importantly, the cloud.
Canonical brings a wide range of experience to the table, and Neil McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation stated, "GNOME is extremely pleased they're engaging with the Foundation and the community."
GNOME is a non-profit independent organization dedicated to supporting the advancement of the GNOME Project and software freedom. It provides legal, financial and organizational support to the GNOME Project while helping to shape and define its roadmap and vision. Canonical is also a member of the Linux Foundation and the Document Foundation's advisory board, which it joined last year. More information about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found here