Immediately after releasing KDE Applications 16.08, KDE was proud to announce that Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, one of the world’s most popular GNU/Linux distributions, has become a patron of KDE e.V..
KDE e.V. is the non-profit organization that represents the KDE Community and produces the modern and widely-used KDE Plasma desktop environment, along with the KDE Applications and KDE Frameworks suits of KDE software and libraries. KDE is known to have worked with Canonical’s Ubuntu for many years, and they’re happy that Canonical decided to extend this collaboration and join the KDE Patrons family, as part of the corporate membership program.
“From its very beginning, Canonical has been a major investor in the Free Software desktop. We work with PC manufacturers such as Dell, HP, and Lenovo to ship the best Free Software to millions of desktop users worldwide. Becoming a corporate patron is the continuation of Canonical’s decade-long support for KDE and Kubuntu as important members of the Ubuntu family,” says Michael Hall, Ubuntu Community Manager.
The latest KDE technologies will be available to Ubuntu and Kubuntu users
We didn’t doubt for a second that the latest KDE technologies won’t be available in the Ubuntu and Kubuntu GNU/Linux distributions, but on this occasion, Canonical promises just that. They will continue to work with the KDE development team more closely and making sure that all the KDE applications and frameworks will be easily accessible in Ubuntu Linux, and other OSes, via the company’s brand new Snap universal binary packages.
“We are excited to have Canonical supporting KDE’s work. It is important that we make a continuous effort to work together and this is the best way to continue offering a thriving free and open development platform to build upon. We are confident that this collaboration can be very beneficial for the overall GNU/Linux community and ecosystem,” says Aleix Pol Gonzalez, Vice-President of KDE e.V.. Other KDE Patrons include Google, The Qt Company, SuSE, and Blue Systems.