The Gnome Foundation, which is responsible for the Gnome project, and the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for overseeing the Mozilla project, have announced a joint collaborative effort to “improve developer support and user experience of desktop applications on GNU/Linux and other free software systems”.
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The partnership has three aspects:
- The Mozilla Foundation will join the GNOME Foundation advisory board, helping set the long-term direction of the project.
- Mozilla reaffirms its commitment to integrating with the GNOME platform for the XUL development platform, and for Mozilla Firefox.
- The Mozilla Foundation announces a grant of $10,000 to the GNOME Foundation, to be spent on the improvement of the accessibility of the GNOME desktop environment via the “GNOME Outreach Program: Accessibility” program.
“GNOME and GTK+ have been our environment of choice for years. As we move from desktops into the mobile market, we will continue to work with GNOME to ensure that Mozilla and Firefox users on GNOME platforms will have the best experience possible”, according to Mozilla evangelist Chris Blizzard.
“Mozilla and GNOME people have been collaborating for nearly a decade. Together we’ve been able to make contributions to the foundation of each other’s platform – from GTK+ to Cairo to browser desktop integration”, says GNOME Foundation Director Vincent Untz. “But the real story is about two organizations sharing many common values including our shared commitment to innovation and bringing freedom to our user base.”
Both projects actively support open standards and formats. Mozilla contributes to the W3C HTML5 working group and WHATWG working group, in order to ensure an open web platform for all future Internet users. GNOME is a member of the ODF Alliance and works with other desktop projects under the freedesktop.org umbrella to offer the best user experience to desktop users. These involvements aim to create space for innovation and to give freedom to the user.