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Gran Canaria Desktop Summit continued

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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.