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
"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
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