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The Linux desktop has its fans -- I've been using it for over twenty-years -- but it's never been a mass market favorite. In part, that's because as Linus Torvalds says, "fragmentation of the different vendors have held the desktop back." Now, in a major step forward the two chief Linux desktop rivals, GNOME Foundation and KDE, have agreed to work together.

GNOME and KDE are coming together to sponsor the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019 in Barcelona from November 12th to 15th, 2019. This isn't the first time the two rival Linux desktop groups have come together, but it has been a decade since they've joined forces to run a conference together. Both organizations are eager to bring their communities together to build an application ecosystem that transcends individual distros and broadens the market for everyone.

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  • GNOME and KDE to co-host the Linux App Summit in November
    For Immediate Release
    
    The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. are proud to announce Linux App Summit 2019. 
    The Linux App Summit (LAS) will be held in Barcelona from November 12th to 
    15th, 2019.
    
     https://linuxappsummit.org/
    
    LAS is the first collaborative event co-hosted by the two organizations since 
    the Desktop Summit in 2009. Both organizations are eager to bring their 
    communities together in building an application ecosystem that transcends 
    individual distros and broadens the market for everyone involved. 
    
    KDE and GNOME will no longer be taking a passive role in the free desktop 
    sector. With the joint influence of the two desktop projects, LAS will shepherd 
    the growth of the FOSS desktop by encouraging the creation of quality 
    applications, seeking opportunities for compensation for FOSS developers, and 
    fostering a vibrant market for the Linux operating system.
    
    GNOME's executive director, Neil McGovern says, "LAS represents one of many 
    steps towards a thriving desktop ecosystem. By partnering with KDE we show the 
    desire  to build the kind of application ecosystem that demonstrates that Open 
    Source and Free Software are important; the technology and organization we 
    build to achieve this is valuable and necessary.", LAS will be the 
    intersection where application developers, designers, user and kernel space 
    engineers work together in building an environment that aims to create a new 
    market for applications on Linux.
    
    "Over the years we have built great solutions that millions of people use 
    around the world. It's been when we have worked together that we have managed 
    to become bigger than the sum of the parts. Together with GNOME, counting with 
    the collaboration of many distributions and application developers, we'll have 
    the opportunity to work side by side, share our perspectives and offer the 
    platform that the next generation of solutions will be built on.", Aleix Pol 
    Gonzalez, KDE e.V Vice-President says about the inaugural effort about LAS.
    
    As the first conference of its kind, the themes LAS will be centered around 
    will be growing the application ecosystem for Linux as well as providing a 
    platform for others to share ideas and technology. With that in mind, the 
    topics we are interested in are:
        
    * Creating, packaging, and distributing applications
    * Design and usability
    * Commercialization
    * Community / Legal
    * Platform
    * Linux App Ecosystem
    
    The CfP starts today and ends on August 31st.  You may submit your talk ideas 
    at https://linuxappsummit.org/cfp/.
    
    
    "I am excited to see GNOME and KDE working together on LAS, and I believe that 
    the event will help lay down strong foundations for collaborative cross-
    project development that would benefit Linux users across all distributions and 
    on any compatible device. I hope to see widespread community support for the 
    event and, as a user, I look forward to reaping the benefits of the seeds that 
    have now been sown." - Christel Dahlskjaer, Private Internet Access and 
    freenode Project Lead.
    
    We look forward to seeing all of you in Barcelona and building the app 
    ecosystem together! For more information about LAS, please visit - https://
    linuxappsummit.org/.
    
    About KDE e.V
    
    The KDE® Community is a free software community dedicated to creating an open 
    and user-friendly computing experience, offering an advanced graphical desktop, 
    a wide variety of applications for communication, work, education and 
    entertainment and a platform of libraries and frameworks that helps developers 
    easily build new applications. We have a strong focus on finding innovative 
    solutions to old and new problems, creating a dynamic atmosphere open for 
    experimentation. Find out more about KDE at https://kde.org
    
    About GNOME Foundation
    
    The GNOME Foundation is an organization committed to supporting the 
    advancement of GNOME, comprised of hundreds of volunteer developers and 
    industry-leading companies. The Foundation is a member directed, 501(c)(3) 
    non-profit organization that provides financial, organizational, and legal 
    support to the GNOME project. The GNOME Foundation is supporting the pursuit 
    of software freedom through the innovative, accessible, and beautiful user 
    experience created by GNOME contributors around the world. More information 
    about GNOME and the GNOME Foundation can be found at www.gnome.org and 
    foundation.gnome.org. Become a friend of GNOME at https://www.gnome.org/
    friends/
    -- 
    Promotion & Communication
    
  • KDE And GNOME

    • KDE And GNOME Are Joining Hands To Build A New-Age Linux Desktop

      There are many Linux users out there and despite that, Linux desktops have failed to break into the mainstream when compared to Microsoft’s Windows. One of the main reasons behind it, as described by Linus Torvalds, is “the fragmentation of different [Linux] vendors.” There are multiple Linux vendors, unlike the Windows ecosystem, which creates a lack of a unified approach.

      However, now two of the most popular Linux desktop competitors – GNOME Foundation and KDE – are coming together to work on a Linux desktop. Both open-source biggies are set to sponsor the Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019 which is scheduled for November 12th and 15th, 2019.

    Slashdot's coverage

    • GNOME and KDE Join Forces To Co-Host Linux App Summit

      ZDNet called the collaboration "a major step forward," giving their story the headline "GNOME and KDE work together on the Linux desktop." But the Twitter feed for the KDE community quickly clarified that KDE "is working with GNOME to create a common, fair, sustainable and open app ecosystem, not a desktop."

      "The GNOME and KDE communities want to provide users with free and open applications that will respect their privacy and rights. That is what Linux App Summit is about."

    Belated coverage Swapnil Bhartiya

    • Gnome and KDE Coming Together

      The two major Linux projects will work together to create a compatible ecosystem.

      Linux dominates the world, except for the desktop. One of the problems associated with the Linux desktop is fragmentation. In an exclusive interview, Linus Torvalds told me that,"fragmentation of the different vendors have held the desktop back.”

      Primarily this fragmentation comes from competing and often conflicting desktop projects. The good news is that two major Linux desktop community are working on joining hands to eliminate this fragmentation. The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. have announced Linux App Summit (LAS) 2019, which will be held in Barcelona from November 12th to 15th, 2019.

    GNOME and KDE team up on the Linux desktop

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