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02 August 2010, 09:43

GNOME and KDE 2011 Desktop Summit in Berlin

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Desktop Summit Logo The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. have announced that they will hold their Desktop Summit in August of 2011 in Berlin, Germany. Discussing the announcement, KDE e.V. President Cornelius Schumacher said, "Berlin is a fantastic city with strong ties to both the KDE and GNOME communities as well as free software in general," adding that, "The KDE community is excited to meet again with the GNOME community to hold the second Desktop Summit there. This is going to be one of the main free software events of the year 2011."

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 50 countries attended the 2009 Desktop Summit at Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain.

In addition to simply co-locating the events, as they did in 2009, GNOME Foundation board Member Vincent Untz says that he hopes that the projects can "actually plan a combined schedule in 2011 so that KDE and GNOME contributors have every opportunity to work with and learn from each other." Both of the projects say that they hope the event will be the largest to date.

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