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KDE.org: The People Behind KDE: Matthias Elter

Dec 04, 2000, 07:08 (3 Talkback[s])
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"What is your role within KDE?"

"I started to work on core components two years ago. Back then I wrote a replacement for kdehelp which meanwhile evolved to khelpcenter. What was meant to be a simple help browser saw a number of rewrites because the underlying component architecture (CORBA based OpenParts -> Kanossa -> KParts) beeing in rapid flux at that time. I must admit that I got bored of that work mainly because of the constant framework changes. I later started the KImageShop project which has been picked up recently by John Cardiff and is continued under the name Krayon. I have implemented the latest KControl framework together with Matthias HÖlzer KlÜpfel and today develop and maintain the panel. I furthermore had the boring job of coordinating the 2.0 release."

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

"I got involved with KDE after reading the "call for help" c't article on KDE AlphaI written by Kalle in 1997. It seems like a large number of todays core developers got attracted by that article. Thanks, Kalle! Being a Windows convert I was not happy at all with the GUI choices available for Unix systems at that time. While KDE seemed to be a very ambitious project back in 1997 it looks like it worked out."

"How much time do you spend on KDE?"

"Depends. Anything between 0 and 12 hours a day."

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