Keynote Speakers Announced for the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit – the first co-located Akademy and GUADEC conferences

The GNOME Foundation and KDE e.V. are excited to announce the keynotes for the first ever co-located Akademy and GUADEC, the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. The Desktop Summit, a conference for users and developers of desktop and mobile technologies, is expecting 1000 desktop technology developers and users. The conference agenda includes over 100 talks as well as BOFs keynote sessions, lightning talks and many opportunities to meet other developers and begin collaborating between projects.

The Desktop Summit will take place July 3-11, 2009 in the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and the Palacio de Congresos in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. The venue has facilities for 1000+ people to attend keynotes and multiple simultaneous tracks with plenty of room for an exhibition area and hacking space.

Free Software is highly valued on the Canary Islands. Hence, the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit 2009 is supported by the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, the local government, that has provided much logistical and financial support.

Current confirmed keynotes are:
  • Richard Stallman, Free Software Foundation
  • Walter Bender, Executive Director, Sugar Labs
  • Robert Lefkowitz (known as “r0ml”), Distinguished Engineer of the ACM
  • Jakub Pavelek, Nokia

For more information about the keynotes:

The keynotes were chosen to inspire conference attendees and to encourage collaboration. Over the past few years, GNOME and KDE have been cooperating in order to make choices and application development easier for end users, distributors and ISVs. An increased amount of technology is shared between the desktop, making cross-desktop application integration easier. By holding their annual developer flagship events in the same location, KDE and GNOME will foster cooperation and discussion between their developer communities. In addition many other desktop technology groups have expressed interest in attending and we expect to have participants from many technology projects that touch on the open source desktop and mobile space.

The Desktop Summit welcomes all users and contributors of Desktop Summit and expects attendees from the GNOME and KDE communities as well as related projects and companies that use desktop technologies.

For more information see

Registration is free and we look forward to meeting desktop enthusiasts at the conference. You can register at:

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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit: GUADEC + Akademy 2009

From 3rd to 11th of July 2009 in Gran Canaria

Welcome to the official GCDS’09 website.

Who organizes the event?

GCDS’09 is a special opportunity for the KDE and GNOME communities who are for the first time co-locating GUADEC and Akademy, their annual conferences, enabling shared activities and collaborative sessions while retaining the unique and independent nature the events have enjoyed in previous years. With the added benefit of a local (Spanish) programme.

GNOME and KDE along with the Cabildo of Gran Canaria (local government), are the main organizers. Other local organizers are included on the Organizers section.

When? Where?

From 3rd to 11th July 2009 in Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain. For further information, please read the Location section.

What about the programme? Can I attend?

Find out about the activities planned in the Schedule section. To attend you must register in advance, but there is no charge for attending. Please read them carefully before registering. This year we have the use of a travel agency, if you wish. Please follow the procedures described in the Registration / Travel Agency subsection to find out the instructions. Please read them carefully before registering.

Getting there

Gran Canaria has an international airport (code LPA). Please read carefully the Transportation subsection.

Become a speaker

Check the Call for Participation section.

Sponsor the event

If you might be interested in helping to enable the event please see the Sponsorship section where the sponsorship opportunities brochure has more details.

Need help or just want to know what is going on?

Subscribe to the mailing list, and check the Contact section.

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The Gran Canaria Desktop Summit Is Over

The end of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit is here. While there were still many talks by the Spanish GNOME and KDE attendants, most international visitors left on Friday or Saturday. Friday morning a closing ceremony was held and Saturday there was a press conference.

Everybody agrees that the joint conference of GNOME and KDE developers has truly been an historical event. The cooperation has resulted in many new seeds for future technological innovations and we hope there will be more meetings like this in the future. We were glad that also the local KDE and GNOME spanish communities have been very active.

Both the KDE and GNOME communities are very grateful to the local and national authorities, the university and the Alfredo Kraus conference center for the hospitality and the creative and productive atmosphere. We were also very fond of the beautiful surroundings, the beach and the great city of Las Palmas.

You can read more about the results of the conference on the Dot. An impression of the summit can be found there as well.

And of course both Planets (GNOME, KDE) contain many individual records of what has happened.

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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit continued

The Desktop Summit is continuing with talks in the Cross Desktop tracks and the start of the Akademy and GUADEC tracks. Between the talks developers can be spotted huddled in groups discussing everything from problems with their code to building community.

Sunday started with cross-desktop talks, but after the start of Akademy and GUADEC there were still KDE and GNOME developers attending talks from the ‘other side’. On the KDE side there was a business track and talks about multimedia, community, metadata and infrastructure. Read more in the dot story. KDE handed out the Akademy Awards to valued contributors and held a KDE e.V. meeting on Tuesday. Another interesting piece of news is that the KDE community will surpass the 1 million commits on SVN soon. GNOME introduced two important technologies which will shape the future of GNOME: the GNOME Shell and the GNOME frontend for Zeitgeist. Both received very positive responses. GNOME topics include multimedia, collaboration and the development platform. The GNOME Advisory Board had a meeting yesterday and today there will be a mobile track on the GNOME side, expanding on Hildon and Moblin technologies. Also upcoming on Thursday is the GNOME AGM. Toward the end of the week there will be GUADEC-es talks and a lot of writing code. The KDE community will continue their informal BOF sessions and talks combined with much community building and coding efforts.

Meanwhile a lot of cross-desktop efforts are going on in areas of development such as semantic desktop, search and multimedia. Also organisational and social topics are being discussed, the bugfixing teams have been speaking with each other and there will be a joint GNOME and KDE board meeting today. Another joint meeting will be the Edu day.

On Sunday night Nokia threw a party at Club Sotavento, close to the harbour. It was a well appreciated event with drinks and food provided for free and enjoyed by everyone. The beer helped the mingling of KDE and GNOME contributors, as there were many talking to each other, and towards the end of the night many were spotted dancing. On Monday there were separate parties for both GNOME and KDE, the latter sponsored by Basyskom and the GNOME party sponsored by Igalia. Wednesday Collabora will sponsor a last cross-desktop party. On Thursday KDE and GNOME contributors will be taken on a trip through the island to see a bit of what is outside of Las Palmas.

To follow what is going on here in Gran Canaria, have a look at the GNOME and KDE planets and check the KDE news site.

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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit started

Today the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit has started with a series of keynotes. Since 16:00 yesterday registration has been open, and hundreds of community members have received their badge, accompanied by a big green Nokia towel, a Google fitness bottle and a Nokia mini USB stick/mini SD card reader. Furthermore we received coupons for drinks sponsored by Intel. After the registration closed, a Canonical-sponsored party was held.

Next morning at 10 the conference was opened by a group of government and local officials and representatives of KDE and Gnome:

– Fernando Navarro Cardoso Counselor for the government of innovation, Employment and Human Resources for the city of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria.

– Jose Regidor Rector for the University of Las Palmas in Gran Canaria

– D. Juan Junquera Temprano Director of the State Department of IT Society and Telecommunication.

– D. Roberto Mereno Díaz Advisor to the government for tourism, technological innovation and international commerce for Gran Canaria.

– Adriaan de Groot, Vice Chairman of KDE e.V. Board

– Behdad Esfahbod, President of the board of directors for Gnome

Each welcomed us and thanked the many participants for the work they have been and will be doing. After these short introductions we moved on to the keynotes by Robert Lefkowitz, Walter Bender, Richard Stallman and Quim Gil.

Robert Lefkowitz drew a wider picture of how software, and especially Free Software fits into our culture. Robert’s main point was probably that Free Software is best viewed as literature, with the side effect of it also being able to get work done.

Walter Bender from Sugar Labs spoke about the Sugar children interface and why they started to work on sugar. He spoke about sharing, cooperation and the plans and wishes the Sugar community had for this summit.

Third was Richard Stallman. He spoke about what Free Software is (Software that respect the users freedom and the social solidarity of the user’s community). Proprietary software keeps users divided and helpless (they are not allowed to share and they don’t have sourcecode so they can’t control it).

Richard finally mentions how the spanish government is planning to hand out computers with windows to school children. Even worse, these computers use Digital Restrictions Management for books distributed on these computers. According to Richard this plan is evil. Teaching children that taking away their freedom is good seems like a bad move by the government.

After a break, one more keynote was held by Quim Gil from the Maemo community. He made a very surprising announcement: Qt will replace GTK as the officially supported development platform for Maemo. Nokia wants to offer third party developers a common platform to build upon on both Symbian and Maemo, attracting more contributions and applications.

The conference ended around 15:30 but many community members stayed for some informal talking and hacking.

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This is the first day of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit.

This is the first day of the Gran Canaria Desktop Summit. As the dot article and the many blogs on Planet Gnome and Planet KDE make clear, everyone has been counting the days until now. Yesterday from 16:00 hours onwards people have been registering themselves. Many did stay in the large lobby for a while, catching up with old friends and making new friends. At 9 o clock there was a Canonical-sponsored party for everyone to open the GCDS meeting. The conference starts at 10:00 with Keynotes by Robert Lefkowitz, Walter Bender and Richard Stallman. Keep an eye on this space, both Planet sites and the KDE dot news site for news and impressions of what is going on here!

You can also follow what is happening at twitter and follow
gcds_2009 on twitter and gcds on Furthermore, many
participants can be found on IRC on the Freenode servers in the
channel #gcds.

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During the conference

Attendees who have problems during the conference can contact the organisers on +34 638 206 936 (from a local phone this would be 638 206 936)


For information for international journalists and press, please contact:
Jos Poortvliet
email: jospoortvliet at gmail dot com
phone: +34620916276

There will be a pressroom available with space for interviews.
A list of people available for interviews is available, contact Jos Poortvliet to make an appointment.

Other contact methods

If you have questions about the project, please contact us through the following people:

  • Community mailing list
  • Media mailing list. This is specially helpful for press and tech companies.
  • Edu-day mailing list: discussion list about the Edu-day.
  • Network mailing list: discussion list about the event network, services and internet connection.

Follow us:

You can also contact the Secretary of Tourism, Foreign Trade and Technological Innovation through the Tourism Council, or at the following address:

  • Address: C / Leon and Castillo 17, Postal Code 35003
  • Population: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Municipality: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • Phone: +34-928219600
  • Fax: +34-928219600

The hours of service are Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 14:00 pm.

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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit: GUADEC + Akademy 2009 is organized by:

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Access instructions

In order to access the GCDS’09 wiki, you have to be registered for the event. To login into the wiki, you have to login to the event portal first, and then, click any of the links below.

Wiki links

In order to access the Event Wiki, please click this link:

  • GCDS’09 wiki


Please add yourself to the attendees list, so that people can contact you.

  • GCDS’09 Attendees list
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Platinum Sponsors

The Nokia groups, Qt Software and is the home of the Maemo community, which has over 16.000 registered members that contribute to more than 700 development projects. Maemo is a software platform that is mostly based on open source code and powers mobile devices such as the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet. The Maemo platform has been developed by Nokia in collaboration with many open source projects such as the Linux kernel, Debian, GNOME, and many more.

Qt Software (formerly Trolltech) is a global leader in cross-platform application frameworks. Nokia acquired Trolltech in June 2008, renamed it to Qt Software as a group within Nokia. Qt allows open source and commercial customers to code less, create more and deploy everywhere. Qt enables developers to build innovative services and applications once and then extend the innovation across all major desktop, mobile and other embedded platforms without rewriting the code. Qt underpins Nokia strategy to develop a wide range of products and experiences that people can fall in love with.

Gold Sponsors

Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets. Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

Through our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. We deliver the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform that integrates a portfolio of IT management software to help customers worldwide reduce cost, complexity and risk. Our expanded vision of sponsoring leading free open source software projects is driving innovation for businesses to be more productive in their personal and team environments.

Silver Sponsors

Canonical, the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu, is committed to the development, distribution and support of open source software products and communities. World-class commercial support for Ubuntu is available through Canonical’s global support team and partners. Canonical works with the world’s leading IT companies to deliver Ubuntu to the world.

Collabora is a multinational Open Source consultancy specializing in bringing companies and the Open Source software community together. We give clients the knowledge, experience and infrastructure to allow them to become an integral part of the Open Source community. We provide a full range of services based around Open Source technologies including architecture, software development, project management, infrastructure and community development. We are skilled in a wide range of areas from consumer devices to multimedia and real-time communications systems. Collabora prides itself in creating a network of Open Source experts from all around the world.

Igalia is a company from south-western Europe (Galicia, Spain), specialized in the development of innovative free software technologies and solutions. Igalia has been increasing its involvement in the GNOME community since its creation eight years ago, contributing with code and documentation to various platform components and applications, and sponsoring and organizing events. During the last five years, the company has applied its experience on free software and GNOME to the mobile market, contributing to related platforms like Maemo, and developing projects for relevant international companies. Igalia is founding member of GNOME Mobile and member of the GNOME Foundation’s Advisory Board.

Mozilla is a global community of thousands who sincerely believe in the power of technology to enrich people’s lives. Mozilla is a public benefit organization dedicated not to making money but to improving the way people everywhere experience the Internet. It’s an open source software project whose code has been used as a platform for some of the Internet’s most innovative projects. Above all, Mozilla is focused on a single goal: making the Internet better for everyone.

Founded in 1993, Red Hat is the leader in enterprise Linux and is the most recognized open source brand in the world. We serve global enterprises with technology and services made possible by the open source model. Solutions include Red Hat Enterprise Linux, JBoss Enterprise middleware, and a broad range of management and services: consulting, 24×7 support, Red Hat Network. Red Hat’s global training program operates worldwide and features RHCE, the global standard Linux certification.

Sun Microsystems Inc., (NASDAQ: JAVA) develops the technologies that power the global marketplace. Guided by a singular vision — “The Network is the Computer” — Sun drives network participation through shared innovation, community development and open source leadership. Sun provides a diversity of software, systems, services, and microelectronics that power everything from consumer electronics, to developer tools and the world’s most powerful datacenters. Our core brands include the Java technology platform, Solaris operating system, the MySQL database management system, StorageTek and the UltraSPARC processor. We serve consumers and individual developers, alongside the largest global enterprises. Our network computing platforms are used by nearly every sector of society and industry, and power some of the world’s best known search, social networking, entertainment, financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, retail, news, energy and engineering companies – broadened by one of the world’s largest portfolio of software and service partners. Every day, companies and governments around the world benefit from Sun’s technology stewardship, via our work to create the standards that bridge the world’s digital divide, to our solutions and business practices that offer higher performance with lower power, cooling, and space requirements. Sun invents products and services that save time and money for those seeking to use technology to create opportunities. Today more than ever: The Network is the Computer

Bronze Sponsors

ACCESS CO., LTD. is a global company providing leading technology, software products and platforms for Web browsing, mobile phones, wireless handhelds and other networked devices. ACCESS’ product portfolio, including its NetFront™ Browser, ACCESS Linux Platform™ and Garnet™ OS, provides customers with solutions that enable faster time to market, flexibility and customizability. The company, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, operates subsidiaries and affiliates in Asia, Europe and the United States. ACCESS is listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange Mother’s Index under the number 4813.

ARM designs the technology that lies at the heart of advanced digital products, from wireless, networking and consumer entertainment solutions to imaging, automotive, security and storage devices. ARM’s comprehensive product offering includes 32-bit RISC microprocessors, graphics processors, enabling software, cell libraries, embedded memories , high-speed connectivity products, peripherals and development tools. Combined with comprehensive design services, training, support and maintenance, and the company’s broad Partner community, they provide a total system solution that offers a fast, reliable path to market for leading electronics companies

basysKom offers Qt consultancy and is fully committed to Qt and KDE technology. We are combining open source expertise with industry standard development methods, using Eva Brucherseifer’s experience as former KDE president and our broad business knowledge to fulfill customer requirements. Offering customized solutions, we deliver open source in enterprise quality as well as serving source code to communities. basyskom is focused on mobile clients, embedded devices and KDE technology. We provide development services, architecture, workshops and trainings using our entire Qt knowhow. Our customers appreciate our German engineered and proven quality based on an experience for more than 10 years. Today basysKom is the leading premium service supplier for high quality GUIs in DACH.

Lanedo is a small European company employing some of the world’s most experienced and talented GNOME developers. They focus on library and API development, targeting platforms ranging from embedded devices to desktops. Lanedo provides first class software development services and has extensive experience on the Maemo platform.

Break Sponsor

Intel, the world leader in silicon innovation, develops technologies, products and initiatives to continually advance how people work and live. Intel® Software provides technologies, products and services developers need to create innovative products and industry-leading software solutions on Intel platforms. Intel has been actively innovating with the open source community and collaborates with commercial vendors to develop Linux and key Open Source solutions.

Travel Sponsor

Founded in 2007, the Linux Foundation sponsors the work of Linux creator Linus Torvalds and is supported by leading Linux and open source companies and developers from around the world. The Linux Foundation promotes, protects and standardizes Linux by providing unified resources and services needed for open source to successfully compete with closed platforms.

Media Partner

Linux Magazine is a monthly magazine serving readers in over 50 countries.

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