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07 October 2010, 10:51

GNOME and KDE 2011 Desktop Summit dates confirmed

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Desktop Summit Logo The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. boards have announced that the 2011 Desktop Summit will take place in Berlin, German from the 6th to the 12th of August at the Humboldt University. Discussing the announcement, Permanent Secretary for Economics, Technology and Women's Issues from the Berlin Senate Almuth Nehring-Venus said, "We are proud to be able to welcome the participants of the Desktop Summit 2011 to the capital region next year," adding that, "I hope that the joint conference of the two largest Free Desktop projects GNOME and KDE will provide an additional boost for our Open Source / Open Standard initiative within the framework of Berlin's IT strategy".

Supported locally by the TSB Innovation Agency Berlin GmbH and the Berlin Senate, the 2011 event is expected to bring together more than one thousand core contributors, open source leaders and various representatives from government, education and corporate environments. In addition to simply co-locating the events, as they did in 2009, GNOME Foundation board Member Vincent Untz says he hopes the projects can "actually plan a combined schedule in 2011 so KDE and GNOME contributors have every opportunity to work with and learn from each other." Both of the projects say they hope the event will be the largest to date.

The two organisations previously co-located their flagship Akademy and GUADEC conferences in July of last year at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GCDS), which was unanimously considered to be a success. More than 850 GNOME and KDE project contributors from more than 45 countries attended the 2009 Desktop Summit at Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain.

More information about the 2011 Desktop Summit can be found on the web site. Registration for the event will open on the first of February, 2011 and a call for papers will be issued. Submissions for talks are due by the 15th of March and the conference program is expected to be announced on the 15th of April.

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