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Nov 21, 2000, 06:46 (0 Talkback[s])
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"What is your role within KDE?"

"At the moment, I'm the maintainer of the HTML library used in Konqueror for rendering web pages, and I'm trying to care about support for writing systems different from western european scripts. Support for these scripts is also my main work at Trolltech at the moment."

"How and when did you get involved in KDE?"

"I first heard of KDE a bit more than three years ago, when Kalle wrote an article in the german Ct (a computer magazine). I had already used Linux since about beginning of '93 (some Kernel version below 1.0 for those wondering), and thought that a good desktop is really something still missing on Unix. So I downloaded the sources at that time and started to play around with them. It was at that time when I first started doing programming in C++ (I only had done Fortran and C before during my studies). The first thing I did was a small KDE program as a stand alone application (some sort of answering machine for your computer), which I stopped maintaining about 2 1/2 years ago. The funny thing is that I still get mails about it from time to time."

"Then I started doing some patches to kmail (adding pgp support), and at some point send in a patch for the HTML engine in KDE-1. It turned out that this one patch caused me quite a lot of work in the next years, as this was the way I got involved into fixing the KDE-1 HTML widget, and took over development for that library after the release of 1.1.2."

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