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Freedesktop.org joins SPI as associated project

Last modified 2006-08-26 01:59 by Neil McGovern

Freedesktop.org and Software in the Public Interest (SPI) are pleased to announce an agreement to place Freedesktop.org under the SPI umbrella as a member project

Freedesktop.org joins such estemed projects as the Debian, PostgreSQL and Drupal projects and the Open Voting Foundation.

Keith Packard from freedesktop.org said: "Associating with SPI brings sound financial management and increased transparency to Freedesktop.org."


SPI was incorporated as a non-profit organization on June 16, 1997 in the state of New York. Since then, it has become an umbrella organization for projects from the community.

In 1999, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of the United States government determined that under section 501 (a) of the Internal Revenue Code SPI qualifies for 501 (c) (3) (non-profit organization) status under section 509 (a) (1) and 170 (b) (1) (A) (vi). This means that all donations made to SPI and its supported projects are tax deductible for donors in the United States.


Freedesktop.org is open source / open discussion software projects working on interoperability and shared technology for X Window System desktops. Freedesktop.org is building a base platform for desktop software on Linux and UNIX. The elements of this platform have become the backend for higher-level application-visible APIs such as Qt, GTK+, XUL, VCL, WINE, GNOME, and KDE. Freedesktop.org was founded in 2000 and is led by Waldo Bastian, Havoc Pennington and Keith Packard.

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