GNOME is proud to host the Libre Application Summit in its inaugural year. As one of the world’s most prominent desktop environments, GNOME is invested in the success of the Linux application ecosystem, and wishes to continue improving the desktop experience to ensure that the space grows and gains traction each year. By lending manpower and infrastructure to the Summit, GNOME aims to increase awareness around the technologies, value chain, and social and legal issues that surround the Linux ecosystem, and to create the kind of conditions that will help inspire the LAS GNOME community to be on the cutting edge of innovation for Linux app development and distribution.


GNOME was founded in 1997 by Miguel De Icaza and Federico Mena Quintero to establish a desktop based on Free Software principles. It is one of the oldest Free Software / Open Source projects in existence today with thousands of volunteers from around the world participating in translation, development, documentation, design, engagement, infrastructure and much more. GNOME’s objective is to provide a desktop experience on par with commercial alternatives, and to have a consistent user experience based on simple design.

GNOME is led by the non-profit GNOME Foundation who is committed to supporting the advancement of GNOME and software freedom. It provides financial, organizational and legal support to GNOME and helps determine its vision and roadmap. GNOME software is used by millions of people around the world.

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