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17 March 2010, 12:03

GNOME and KDE to co-locate 2011 Desktop Summit

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Desktop Summit Logo Following the success of last year's Gran Canaria Desktop Summit (GCDS), Joe "Zonker" Brockmeier, former Community Manager at Novell, has announced that the GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. boards have decided to once again co-locate their flagship conferences, Akademy and GUADEC, in 2011. 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 hope that next year's free desktop event will be the largest ever and are currently looking for a venue for the Desktop Summit 2011. It should be a European location and have a major international airport, allowing easy access to the event from all over the globe.

The venue will also be required to host 1,000 attendees and provide sufficient internet access. The boards note that, in addition to a range of accommodation, food and social activities outside the event, each conference has its own requirements (Akademy / GUADEC). All proposals must be submitted by the 15th of May, 2010.

Last July, more than 850 GNOME and KDE projects contributors from 50 countries attended the Desktop Summit in Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Spain.

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