Creating a measurable market for desktop applications

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The desktop application market has long languished. Even today there is no way to understand the strength of the GNU/Linux desktop application market. This talk will focus on creating a measurable desktop market by focusing on changing the application distribution model using GNOME xdg-app.


The desktop market in GNU/Linux has arguably been weak. It is still a puzzle today how one can make money writing applications for the desktop. Worse, there is no relationship between the user and the developer because apps are distributed by third parties or when distributed by a developer, left to spend time packaging in two different formats. GNOME developers have started working on pieces of technology that start the process of putting the distribution of applications back where it belongs, to the developers.


GNOME, Desktop, applications

Speaking experience

This is the first talk of its kind. I have had substantial speaking experience. I won't list them here as I have submitted other talks for 2016 that has listed my speaking experiences with links.


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    Sriram Ramkrishna

    GNOME Foundation


    Sriram Ramkrishna is an old beard GNOME person. Clocking in at nearly 14 years into the project, Sri started contributing to the GNOME Project six months after the project was launched by Miguel De Icaza.

    Sri started off in the project working on GNOME Summaries and grew the project into a regular monthly journal called GNOME Journal ( with a team of contributors who wrote and edited articles on various parts of the GNOME eco-system. Sri is also active on the marketing team doing community management.

    Sri was also one of the initial members of the planning committee for the Linux Plumbers Conference dealing with IT infrastructure for the two years that Linux Plumbers was in Portland.

    In his day job, Sri is a systems administrator for Intel Corporation administrating large installations of Linux compute clusters and accompanying storage.

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