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

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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: http://www.grancanariadesktopsummit.org/node/239

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 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.

Registration is free and we look forward to meeting desktop enthusiasts at the conference. You can register at:
http://www.grancanariadesktopsummit.org/user/register

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