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

GNOME and KDE are co-hosting this year’s Linux App Summit (LAS) in Barcelona from November 12th to 15th.
An anonymous reader shared the big announcement:

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. “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.” — Christel Dahlskjaer, Private Internet Access and freenode Project Lead.
“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.
“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.” — GNOME executive director, Neil McGovern
“The desktop wars is not really a thing any more. It makes more sense to work together and pool resources.” — Paul Brown, a KDE Communications Specialist (quoted by ZDNet)

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.”

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