GNOME Advisory Board
The GNOME Advisory Board members are representatives of organizations and companies that support GNOME. While the Advisory Board does not have decision-making authority for the GNOME Foundation, its members communicate with the Board of Directors and help the Directors guide the overall direction of GNOME and the GNOME Foundation.
The Board meets regularly on the phone and at least once a year in person, usually at GUADEC. The aim of these meetings is to
- Understand the Advisory Board's needs, and express them to the community.
- Express the community's needs to the Advisory Board, especially when it's something they can help with.
- Get feedback from the Advisory Board on our plans.
This might include help with:
- Customer feedback
- In-depth test results, such as usability tests, performance tests, etc.
For a complete list of responsibilities, see the Advisory Board Members' Responsibilities.
Joining the Advisory Board
If your organization or company is interested in joining the Advisory Board, please contact the Board of Directors.
Advisory Board member companies pay an annual fee which helps finance the operations of the GNOME foundation. The reports that are published by the Foundation show how this money is used to help the GNOME project.
There are two levels for commercial companies:
- Small company: 1-49 employees. $10,000 / year.
- Medium and large company: 50 or more employees. $20,000 / year.
Fees may be waived for invited non-profit organizations.
The following are our Advisory Board members for the October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016 financial term.
- Linux Foundation
- Private Internet Access
- Red Hat
- Sugar Labs
- The Document Foundation
Any community members should feel free to send their suggestions for agenda items to the GNOME Board of Directors, board-list (at) gnome (dot) org. In particular we are interested in hearing from community members who would like Advisory Board feedback on their plans or would like to share their plans with the advisory board. Past topics have included GNOME 3.0 updates, event updates and planning and financial updates.