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GNOME is the winner of Microsoft’s FOSS Fund, will the open source project receive $ 10,000 from Microsoft, Conspiracy, takeover, generosity or simply meritocracy?

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The GNOME project is receiving a $ 10,000 raise from Microsoft. While some analysts see this as a nice financial boost (and a “thank you”) from a large company to a popular and widely used open source project, others see the choice as a conspiracy or even an acquisition of the GNOME project.

Microsoft employees have chosen GNOME as the latest recipient of Microsoft’s FOSS Fund, an initiative that the software giant has been pursuing for several years. He created this fund to provide $ 10,000 sponsorships to open source projects as part of an effort to give back to the communities and projects his employees rely on in their work.

The Microsoft FOSS Fund provides a direct way for Microsoft engineers to participate in the nomination and selection process to help the communities and projects they are passionate about. “Open source enables Microsoft products and services to provide our customers with choice, technology and community,” said Microsoft.

A Microsoft Open Source Programs Office project, the FOSS Fund provides $ 10,000 sponsorships to open source projects selected by Microsoft employees. To foster a culture of open contribution within Microsoft, employees can select projects for the fund when they participate in projects that are not governed by Microsoft.

Projects selected for the Microsoft FOSS Fund receive $ 10,000 from Microsoft, chosen by all Microsoft open source contributors participating in the selection. Applications are accepted daily and projects are selected monthly. Microsoft is proud to participate more than ever in open source communities by contributing to projects, publishing new open source projects, or using open source to make our products and services work better for the world and our customers, says Microsoft.

For the company founded by Bill Gates, the FOSS Fund will be able to help link a new set of projects that it would not have thought of funding in the past. As Microsoft and its numerous teams sponsor everything from open source conferences to contributing foundations like the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and industry groups like the Linux Foundation, we hope the FOSS Fund can help. we may not have thought about funding in the past, bringing real value to communities and projects that help make Microsoft products and services and our customers work.

Why GNOME?

From low-level libraries to window managers to end-user applications, the GNOME project is an essential part of many Linux graphics devices. It also works with Ubuntu, which is Microsoft’s first supported Linux desktop environment.

GNOME, acronym for GNU Network Object Model Environment, is an easy-to-use free desktop environment whose goal is to make the use of the GNU operating system accessible to as many people as possible; this interface is currently popular on GNU / Linux systems and also works on most UNIX-like systems. GNOME is with KDE the main free and public alternative to the interfaces of the most popular operating systems (ie Windows and Mac OS X).

GNOME is developed by The GNOME project whose participants are volunteers or paid by companies outside the project. Most of the work is provided by professional contributors, mainly those working for Red Hat. GNOME is the desktop environment used by default in several Linux distributions, such as Ubuntu and Fedora. Its software is usually released under the GNU GPL and its libraries under the GNU LGPL.

The team responsible for its development announced on March 24 the availability of version 42. However, its new look is already causing rumblings of dissatisfaction. This release is important because it will soon be the default desktop for the next Ubuntu release with long term support (LTS). This means that many people will see GNOME 42 every day until 2024.

GNOME themes were described using CSS. As of GNOME 3, the default GNOME theme was Adwaita, and it was easy to install new ones and there were many choices. Today, this has changed. One of the components of GNOME 40 and later is version 4 of the Gtk toolkit. With Gtk 4 came a new library called libadwaita. It integrates the Adwaita theme, once separated, and applies it effectively to all applications using Gtk 4. The goal is to help developers comply with the new guidelines of the GNOME interface.

Canonical has announced the release of the stable version of Ubuntu 22.04 codenamed Jammy Jellyfish, with Gnome 42 as the default desktop. As Microsoft’s senior program manager Emma Irwin revealed on Twitter, the GNOME project is the ultimate beneficiary. Previous recipients of Microsoft’s FOSS Fund include systemd, curl, QEMU, and OpenStreetMap.

The fact that GNOME benefits from Microsoft’s FOSS Fund is a great recognition. Not only is the project an important part of the free software landscape, it is also an important part of the software landscape at Microsoft.

Gnome was selected by employees who felt they deserved extra support. Maybe Gnome is used very internally for Linux desktops (I believe Ubuntu is the default distro for WSL), or for some other reason. But it’s not a “secret acquisition plan” or anything like that, says one netizen.

According to some netizens, Microsoft would use part of the GNOME stack for gWSL (Linux GUI via WSL).
Note that GWSL automates the process of running X over WSL and SSH:

  • simplifies running Linux graphics applications on Windows 10;
  • allows you to run graphical applications located on remote Linux machines;
  • provides a simple user interface to launch Linux applications, manage them graphically, and create custom Windows shortcuts for them.

For this internet user calling himself Boogiepop, no matter what project gets this sponsorship, people will always say that Microsoft buys it. Why do people hate Gnome? If they give this fund, it is because they have concluded that he deserves it. This is the typical overreaction of the Linux community when a company does something like this, (for example: OBS and Blender)

Source: Microsoft

And she ?

What is your opinion on the subject?

Do you see, like some, a secret plan for Microsoft to take over the GNOME project?

See also:

: feche: GNOME 42 signs a larger GTK4 pass, introduces a dark theme, offers a new screenshot experience, and more

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS is now available, with Gnome 42 as the default desktop, unlocks innovation for sectors with security needs

Microsoft publishes GCToolkit in open source, its tool that allows you to analyze the GC (Garbage Collection) logs of the JVM, consisting of three distinct modules

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