"Peters says the driving force behind both projects is
what matters -- and that is to offer choices between free and
proprietary desktop environments. The notion that one desktop
environment will ever exist that suits every user is likely a myth.
Peters proposes that the goal is to build ever stronger free
alternatives, and if the projects compete, it is more along the
lines of teammates competing for a "Most Valuable Player" title.
She highlights that getting developers from different projects to
talk is one of the driving reasons behind GUADEC and Akademy being
held simultaneously this year, in the same location, and why they
are hosted by the same organizers."