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info on the event

Important: Please note that the presentation speaker list has changed!

In mid January 2008, the mojo of the KDE community will - for one weekend - move to Mountain View, California, where Google Inc. invited the KDE project to celebrate its KDE 4.0 Release Event as a three day conference on the Google campus. Aside from being a conference for Community members from America and around the world, we explicitly invite press and our partners in the IT industry to come, see and feel the spirit of free software and KDE. A whole day will be dedicated to this important audience, hosting the official KDE 4.0 launch keynote held by Aaron Seigo and other talks on the principles and innovations of KDE, ending with a great KDE 4.0 Release Party!

This will be the first time for the international KDE project to have a conference of that size held in America, which is a great chance for the American KDE community - contributors as well as users - to come together and discuss the future of KDE. You are community, so be there to meet the makers of your favorite desktop environment, and discuss your ideas and proposals to make it even better! But better be fast, as the number of attendees is limited to 200 people...

Preliminary event schedule

items (except keynote) are still subject to change, all times are in PST (US/Pacific):

January 17th: Open Community Meetings

January 18th: Primary Release Event

January 19th: Open Community Meetings

travel and lodging

Update: add your arrival and departure times here to help you arrange meeting up with the others!

Google has graciously offered to host the attendees in the nearby Wild Palms Hotel, a shuttle service will bring them to campus and back, and even food will be provided! One just needs to get there!

The two closest airports to fly are San Jose International airport (SJC) and the San Francisco International airport (SFO).

There will be 120 rooms available for 200 people, so we advise community members to talk and get together with their favorite programmers and friends to make distribution of the beds easier.

Please review the Google visitor page for more useful information on Google's Mountain View location.


Primary airport
San Jose International airport (SJC)
Secondary airport
San Francisco International airport (SFO)
Tertiary airport
Oakland International Airport (OAK)


Google Mountain View
1400 Crittenden Lane
Mountain View, CA 94043,+Mountain+View,+CA

Wild Palms Hotel
910 E. Fremont Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94087
Phone: 408.738.0500


Shuttles will leave the Wild Palms hotel for the Google facility each morning at 8:30am and return to the hotel at the end of the day. If you are arriving on the 17th mid-day and want to get to the Google facility, we recommend heading directly there from the airport. Similarly, any attendees who will be leaving on the 19th but want to spend time at Google before departure: we recommend bringing your luggage in the morning and leaving from Google to the airport.

Any travel and associated expenses apart from the provided shuttles will not be covered. However, please contact us for assistance involving taxis and shuttles between Google and your respective airport.


All guests have been offered lodging at the nearby Wild Palms hotel thanks to Google. Be sure to contact the release team if you are interested in lodging on the 17th and/or 18th.

All rooms have two beds, and guests are expected to share rooms with one other invitee. Those that have requested space for significant others/spouses have been placed in one room. Default reservations are made for each guest for the evenings of January 17th and January 18th. Other nights are not covered and must be handled independently; however, if you would like to stay at the Wild Palms other nights, please be sure to mention the Google Discount Corporate Rate.

Check-in at the Wild Palms hotel is 3:00 pm. Check-out is at noon. Guests should simply ask the hotel front desk for room details and access upon arrival; the hotel will have reservations based on names given from the KDE Release Team. If both nights are not needed, please notify us.


On the Google site, breakfast and lunches will be catered by Google for all attendees. More details forthcoming on dinners.

KDE 4.0 release parties - worldwide!

In addition to the Release Event in Mountain View, the KDE community encourages everyone to get together with friends and colleagues to celebrate the exciting release of KDE 4.0 all around the world. Whether gathering at a local pub, office, university or home, the 4.0 release signifies a very important step forward in KDE's growth and maturity; it should be celebrated and shared together.

We welcome you to add your own party details to make it easy for others to join the fun or to look up the event close to you.

Be sure to check this page for updates on Release Event video feeds - perfect to watch together at your party.