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|Software development management system|
|Created by||Havoc Pennington|
|Alexa rank||27,110 (as of November 2016)|
freedesktop.org (fd.o) is a project to work on interoperability and shared base technology for free software desktop environments for the X Window System (X11) on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems. It was founded by Havoc Pennington from Red Hat in March 2000. The project's servers are hosted by Portland State University, which in turn are sponsored by HP, Intel and Google.
Widely used open-source X desktop projects--such as GNOME, KDE, and Xfce--are collaborating with the freedesktop.org project. In 2006, the project released Portland 1.0 (xdg-utils), a set of common interfaces for desktop environments. However, freedesktop.org is a "collaboration zone" for standards and specifications where users can freely discuss ideas, and not a formal standards organization.
freedesktop.org was formerly known as the X Desktop Group, and the abbreviation "XDG" remains common in their work.
Software related to windowing systems and graphics in general
The project aims to catch interoperability issues much earlier in the process. It is not for legislating formal standards.
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