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OSNews: Interview with SuSE's and KDE's Waldo Bastian

Jul 18, 2002, 05:30 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eugenia Loli-Queru)

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OSNews is pleased to host today an exclusive interview with Waldo Bastian, the well known KDE developer and SuSE employee. Waldo has been involved pretty much in all levels in KDE's code, from Konqueror to kdelibs, to games and Kicker. Waldo speaks today about the success of KDE, its future, UnitedLinux, development and much more.

"1. KDE is today leading the XFree86 desktop envinronment's userbase with well over 50% of usage worldwide. It seems that the 'eternal battle' with Gnome is over, at least as the numbers of usage suggest (Gnome reportedly has around ~21% these days). Will this success have an impact to the way the KDE developers work, into something more 'corporate' or 'serious', or will it continue as is?

"Waldo Bastian: KDE has always concentrated on making the best desktop for its users, the level of popularity of GNOME does little to influence that. The existence of GNOME has influenced KDE of course in the sense that Trolltech has GPL'ed Qt, the existence of GNOME certainly played a role in that.

"I don't expect any change in the way how KDE developers work. People work on KDE because they enjoy doing so. It's nice if some company can save a few million on its desktop licenses because of that, but that is usually not what motivates people to work on KDE..."

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