July 24, 2008
Foresight Linux Joins the Software Freedom Conservancy
The Software Freedom Conservancy, home of Free, Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects, today announced that it welcomes its newest member, the Foresight Linux project. The Conservancy now includes fourteen member projects.
Foresight Linux is a desktop operating system designed for users that are not already familiar with Linux-based systems. “Foresight is excited to join the Software Freedom Conservancy”, said Ken VanDine, founder and lead developer of Foresight. “Joining allows us to continue to develop an innovative and easy to use desktop for our users while becoming a non-profit organization thanks to the Software Freedom Conservancy.”
By joining the Conservancy, Foresight Linux is entitled the benefits of a non-profit incorporation. The Conservancy provides administrative and organizational services so that the developers can focus on the software, and still receive the benefits of 501(c)(3) non-profit corporate existence, such as charitable donations.
Founded in March 2006, the Conservancy allows developers of its member FLOSS projects to unite under a common organization which provides much-needed administrative services to them. This structure spares each software project the burden of starting and maintaining its own independent non-profit organization.
Foresight Linux, founded in 2005, is a desktop operating system featuring the GNOME desktop, with KDE and XFCE editions planned for future releases. Foresight features an intuitive user interface and a showcase of the latest desktop software, giving users convenient and enjoyable access to their music, photos, videos, documents, and Internet applications.
The Conservancy now boasts fourteen member projects. It is led by its board of directors, a who's who of both old guard FLOSS developers and FLOSS non-profit leaders.