Some bad news today for Gnome fans: the Foundation behind the desktop environment is running out of money. Many attribute this to the controversy surrounding the Gnome 3 redesign, but that was a while back. Another problem may be: the Foundation is spending too much money on peripheral projects. For instance, according to the 2012 Annual Report, over a quarter of the Foundation’s expenses went to the Women’s Outreach programme.
While we all support efforts to get more women involved in FOSS, this raises a big question: should the Gnome Foundation be spending such a substantial part of its money on these projects? Or should it avoid social and political issues, and focus entirely on the technology – that is, the Gnome desktop itself? Let us know your thoughts below, and we’ll read out the best comments in our upcoming podcast!