"Open Source documentation and opal mining, garden ornaments and
fractals, physics and hedge funds. What do they all have in common?
Andamooka project coordinator David Sweet...."
"Like many who have become involved in Open Source development,
Sweet got involved when he needed a solution for his own use. "I
was looking for a graphical file manager and nice window manager
for Linux and stumbled upon a fledgling KDE. The KDE developers
really understood the problem I, as a user, was facing--the lack of
a consistent look and feel for the Linux desktop--and they had a
practical solution to it: port all of the common X applications to
Qt. So I started installing the alphas and learning Qt and have
been using KDE and coding with KDE/Qt ever since." Since then,
Sweet has managed the development of the graphical spell checker
KSpell and the Postscript viewer KGhostview as well as coordinating
"Sweet summarizes the idea behind the project: "Andamooka is
open support for open content. The Open Source software upon which
tech books are based is changing so quickly that it is becoming
difficult to produce a book in time to release it while it's still
current. It's even more difficult--if not impossible--to stay
current afterwards. Releasing a book under an open content license
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