The goal that Gnome board of directors set for the upcoming year is to improve the safety features of our favorite desktop environment by implementing and integrating special tools and features.
To achieve this goal, Gnome is once again asking for the active contribution of the users in both participating in the development and in contributing in reaching the 20000 usd goal.
Privacy is always of key importance for all users no matter the case. Some may need more and some may need less, but what everyone surely needs is an easy and coherent way to choose their privacy settings through tools that are well and deeply integrated inside the system they are using instead of searching, installing and using various different tools to fill the gap.
2012 GUADEC in Spain seemed to kindle the flame of inspiration for the Gnome community to do more about security. Jacob Appelbaum of the Tor project delivered the opening keynote and suggested that Gnome security would be greatly enhanced if Tor was built in the environment.
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This keynote inspired everyone and a new Friends of GNOME campaign, aimed at making GNOME one of the most secure computing environments available.
Proceeds from the privacy fundraising campaign will be used to fund development efforts such as:
- Application containment
- Enhanced disk encryption support
- Tor integration
- User control over diagnostic reporting features
- Robust VPN routing
- Application integration with system-wide privacy settings
- Controls for how GNOME devices are identified on local networks
- Anti-phishing features for Web, GNOME’s web browser
So, is security one of the main reasons you are using Linux in the first place? Help make things even better in that front, and for the first time inside your favorite desktop environment by becoming a friend of Gnome!