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01 March 2011, 11:17

GNOME and KDE 2011 Desktop Summit registration opens

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Desktop Summit Logo The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. boards have announced that registration for the Desktop Summit event is now open. Held annually in cities around Europe, the 2011 Desktop Summit will take place in Berlin, Germany from 6 to 12 August at the Humboldt University and is open to developers, community members and users alike.

The 2011 joint conference is supported locally by the TSB Innovation Agency Berlin GmbH and the Berlin Senate, and is expected to bring together more than one thousand core contributors, open source leaders and various representatives from government, education and corporate environments. According to GNOME Foundation board Member Vincent Untz, the two projects hope to plan a combined schedule for the event so that KDE and GNOME contributors can work with and learn from each other.

The event organisers have also confirmed that the Call for Participation (CFP) is now open. Attendees interested in giving a presentation or a lightning talk can now submit their proposals. Suggested topics include closer collaboration between GNOME, KDE and related projects, GNOME, KDE and the mobile platform, the free desktops and social networks, and the Desktop and the OS, as well as optimising power, memory and disk I/O usage, and GNOME beyond the 3.0 release: the GNOME OS. The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 25 March and selected speakers will be notified on 20 April.

The two organisations previously ran their flagship Akademy and GUADEC conferences together in July 2009 at the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GCDS); this 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.

More information about the 2011 Desktop Summit can be found on the web site. The conference program is expected to be announced in April.

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