LAS VEGAS, May 24 /PRNewswire/ -- The Plone Community today announced the formation of the Plone Foundation, an organization committed to elevating the use of the Plone open source content management software, expanding its integration in software solutions and increasing collaboration and development with the open source community and industry. Plone's international community and collaborative development effort is dedicated to delivering leading content management solutions for customers. This international volunteer effort is dedicated to the support of Open Source software projects based on the collaborative model of Plone. "This is an important step forward for Plone projects," said Alan Runyan, Plone Foundation President. "The Plone Foundation will protect the efforts of the community of developers working on our Open Source projects, while providing a pillar of strength and stability for our customers." Supporting Collaborative Development The Foundation will provide development, marketing, and financial support for Plone and related projects. This support comes as Plone is developing critical mass as the most popular and powerful open source content management system. Although the Foundation will provide oversight for all Plone activities, the technical aspects of each project will continue to be governed by each project team. "The Plone Foundation will further drive collaborative, Open Source development within the broader global Linux community," said Sam Greenblatt, Senior Vice President and Chief Architect of Computer Associates' Linux Technology Group. "CA will contribute code and a dedicated team of engineers to the Plone Foundation and will also utilize releases from the Foundation -- thereby ensuring that both the community and commercial customers benefit from all of the skill and creativity being exercised in the marketplace." The Plone Foundation Leadership The Plone Foundation has established a founding board of directors which will be responsible for the execution of the foundation's charter. The board is made up of long-standing supporters and contributors to Plone and other Open Source products. Members of the board include: -- Alan Runyan, Enfold Systems (USA) - President -- Alexander Limi, Plone Solutions (Norway) - Vice President -- Matt Hamilton, Netsight (United Kingdom) - Treasurer -- Geoff Davis, Independent (USA) - Secretary -- Robert Boulanger, Blue Dynamics (Germany) -- Bernard Buhlmann, 4teamwork (Switzerland) -- Mark Murphy, Tyrell (USA) -- Mark Barrenechea, Computer Associates (USA) -- Sam Greenblatt, Computer Associates (USA) The members will represent those organizations and individual developers who have contributed significantly to the development or marketing of Plone. About The Plone Foundation The Plone Foundation provides organizational, legal, marketing, and financial support for the Plone open source software projects. The Foundation is incorporated as a membership-based, not-for-profit corporation to ensure that the Plone projects continue to exist beyond the participation of individual volunteers, to enable contributions of intellectual property and financial support, and to provide a vehicle for limiting legal exposure while participating in Open Source projects. For more information on the Plone Foundation, please visit http://plone.org/foundation. About Plone Plone is the leading Open Source Enterprise Content Management solutions with a strong focus on usability, standards, internationalization and accessibility. Plone is technology neutral, and runs on Linux, Windows, Solaris, Mac OS X and other platforms. Plone was recently awarded the Analyst's Choice Award in eWeek, and is renowned for its ease of use. For more information about Plone, please visit http://plone.org.