The incredibly boring, totally reasonable finances of the GNOME Foundation
Frugal. Transparent. Focused on their core business.
I recently reported on the incredibly bizarre finances of Mozilla (the makers of Firefox). Payments to nonexistent companies, major payments to political extremists (that have no relation to their core business), a total reliance on a single customer… and that’s just for starters. The finances of Mozilla are absolutely wild.
Which brings up a question:
How does that compare to the financial operations of other “non-profit” organizations in the Tech and Open Source world?
Are the finances of other organizations similarly corrupt and strange? Or is Mozilla… unique?
In order to (begin to) answer that question, I dove into the available financial data of the GNOME Foundation — the Non-Profit Foundation behind the GNOME Desktop Environment (among many other software projects).
What I found was shockingly boring. Full transparency. Reasonable salaries and expenditures. Not one drop of anything even remotely controversial, shady, or questionable.
In other words… the exact opposite of Mozilla.
Read on to be utterly bored by the reasonableness of The GNOME Foundation… IF YOU DARE.
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