GUADEC 2012, A Coruña,Spain. 26th July - 1st August

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GUADEC 2012 Press Release: thursday's opening session

The Faculty of Computer Science, at the University of A Coruña hosts, from July 26th to August 1st, the 13 GUADEC Conference, which will gather more than 250 free and open source software experts together from all over the world.

  • GUADEC participants will discuss the main advances and novelties in the GNOME world during the 7 days of the conference: mobile technologies, GPS, e-books, etc.

  • Jacob Appelbaum (Tor Proyect/Wikileaks) and Federico Mena (cofounder of the GNOME project) are among the keynoters who will headline the event.

  • The Galician free software group GPUL in collaboration with the University of A Coruña, the Galician free software company Igalia and the GNOME Foundation organize the 2012 edition of the most important annual event of the GNOME community.

The GNOME Foundation, in collaboration with the Linux Users and Developers Group GPUL and together with the University of A Coruña and the Galician Free Software company Igalia, will organize, from July 26th to August 1st, the 2012 edition of the annual GUADEC –the GNOME Users and Developers European Conference– in A Coruña.

GUADEC 2012 is the 13th international meeting of GNOME developers and users, an event focused on defining the future direction of the project and spreading word of GNOME and the main objectives and benefits of free software.

GUADEC will bring together over 250 GNOME users, developers, foundation leaders, individuals, governments and businesses in the world to present and discuss the latest developments in GNOME technology.

The final program ( includes 4 core days with 46 talk contributions, 4 keynotes, and lightning talk sessions. Additionally, a BoF/Workshops/Hackfest program is available at live.GNOME.orgfor the rest of the days. Among the people attending the conference will be Jacob Appelbaum, internet security and privacy expert and developer for the Tor project, whose keynote opens the conference, Federico Mena Quintero, cofounder of the GNOME Project, Adam Dingle and Jim Nelson (Yorba), Jonathan Blandford (Red Hat), Dave Mason (Mozilla) and Alex Skud Bayley.

GUADEC 2012 Welcome and Opening

GUADEC 2012's opening session will be on Thursday July 26 at 10:00 a.m. in the Auditorium (ground floor) of the Faculty of Computer Science of A Coruña. The opening speakers include:

  • Adrián Lence Paz, Director of the Department of Infrastructure and Telecommunications Agency for Technological Modernization of Galicia (AMTEGA) of Regional Goverment of Xunta de Galicia.

  • Alberto Valderruten Vidal, Dean of the Faculty of Computer Science.

  • Francisco J. Tsao, Presidente de GPUL- Grupo de Programadores y Usuarios de Linux.

  • José María Casanova Crespo, General Coordinator of GUADEC 2012.

  • Karen Sandler, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation.


The opening talk will start at 10:30 a.m. and will be given by Jacob Appelbaum, network security and privacy expert and a member of the Wikileaks and TOR projects, who will talk about privacy and anonymity on the Internet.


Sponsors and supporters

GUADEC 2012 has the support of the University of A Coruña and the Government of Xunta de Galicia (Spain). Multiple leading technology companies and organizations also support GNOME and the GUADEC conference, including: Canonical, Collabora, Google, Igalia, Red Hat, Mozilla, Open Invention Network, Openshine and the Linux Foundation.


GUADEC 2012 will hold 7 days of over 100 presentations, lightning talks, workshops and BoFs.

Some relevant topics in GUADEC are:

  • GNOME's new features and applications: shell, web browsing, multimedia playing, document management, etc.

  • Accessibility: GNOME as a platform available to as many people as possible, including people with different accessibility needs (vision, mobility, etc.).

  • GNOME in mobile devices: tablets and smartphones, and ways of interacting with desktop and mobile devices (tactile screens, gestural interfaces, etc.).

  • GNOME in education: Sugar and “One Laptop per Child”.

  • Localization and internationalization in GNOME: hundreds of languages available.

Free Software: an ethical choice

As a free software project, GNOME is an alternative to closed and proprietary software systems, and is increasingly investing and growing alongside companies and administrations that favor the freedom of users.


  • The GNOME Project was started in 1997 by two then-university students, Miguel de Icaza and Federico Mena. Now, GNOME is an international project that works to create a free, open, easy to use computer environment with first-class internationalization and accessibility. Built entirely from software considered free by the Free Software Foundation, GNOME provides all of the common tools users expect from a modern computing environment: web browsers, file managers, multimedia players, e-mail applications, group-ware and games.
  • GNOME components form the basic desktop environments on many operating systems, e.g., Oracle's Solaris, Fedora, Canonical's Ubuntu, SUSE, Debian and Linux Mint. While useful for companies, GNOME is the result of collaboration between those companies and volunteers from the public who focus on creating software that is great and easy to use by everyone.
  • GNOME technologies have been adopted for consumer and vertical market products, like Amazon Kindle e-book readers; TiVo digital video recorders; Nokia Internet Tablets and the N900 mobile phone; TouchTunes digital jukeboxes and GPS navigation devices such as Garmin's and TomTom's devices.

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