Emily Chen on GNOME and free software in Asia

emily_chen.jpgSeeing how this year’s GNOME & KDE Desktop Summit was held in Berlin, I didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity to go and meet some of the people behind the great software we use every day. The Desktop Summit is a huge event for GNOME, KDE and free software communities, and is sponsored by some big names in the tech industry, like Intel, Canonical, Google and Red Hat. This year’s desktop summit saw some important announcements for the KDE community, such as plans to support Wayland by 2012 and the announcement of KDE Frameworks 5.0.

But fans of GNOME weren’t left out. Especially Emily Chen’s presentation on the development of GNOME in Asia was fascinating. Emily, who works as a software engineer for Oracle in China, is the organiser and founder of GNOME.Asia and the Beijing GNOME User Group. She is also involved with the Mozilla Community where she works on Firefox and Thunderbird. I met with Emily after her talk to hear more about the state of GNOME and open source software in Asia… [...]