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The GNOME Foundation works to further the goal of the GNOME project: to create a computing platform for use by the general public that is completely free software.
To achieve this goal, the Foundation coordinates releases of GNOME and determines which projects are part of GNOME. The Foundation acts as an official voice for the GNOME project, providing a means of communication with the press and with commercial and noncommercial organizations interested in GNOME software. The foundation may produce educational materials and documentation to help the public learn about GNOME software. In addition, it may sponsor GNOME-related technical conferences, such as GUADEC and Boston Summit, represent GNOME at relevant conferences sponsored by others, help create technical standards for the project, and promote the use and development of GNOME software.
The Foundation's Board of Directors is elected every year via election held by GNOME Foundation Election Committee.
Current (since July 2009) Board Members are Brian Cameron, Diego Escalante Urrelo, Behdad Esfahbod, Germán Póo-Caamaño, Srinivasa Ragavan, Lucas Rocha, and Vincent Untz.
All GNOME contributors can apply to be a member of the Foundation. All members are eligible to stand for the Board of Directors, vote in the Board elections and suggest referenda for voting.
The Foundation's Advisory Board is a body of organisations and companies that wish to communicate closely with the Board of Directors and the GNOME project. Organisations may join the advisory board for an annual fee of between US$5000 and US$10000, or be invited as a non-profit.
As of 2009, Advisory Board members include: Access Co., Canonical Ltd, Debian, Free Software Foundation, Google, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Igalia, Intel, Motorola Mozilla Foundation, Nokia, Novell, OLPC, Red Hat,Software Freedom Law Center, Sugar Labs and Sun Microsystems.