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IBM developerWorks: Interview with KDE League Chairman Andreas Pour

Feb 24, 2001, 21:00 (31 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Judy DeMocker)

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"developerWorks: Andreas, who are you and what do you do?"

"AP: (laughs) What I do is I work a lot. I have a company called Mieterra, which among other things hosts two of the KDE Web sites, www.kde.com and apps.kde.com (see Resources later in this interview). I'm also involved in KDE promotion. As Chairman of KDE League, I do all the KDE press releases, and I've got a background as a lawyer, so I can help deal with any legal issues that might come up. I do a little bit of development, and keep up with the KDE mailing lists."

"dW: So what's the big difference between KDE and GNOME?"

"AP: They have in common that they are both graphical desktops for UNIX using X11, but GNOME and KDE use wholly different underlying toolkits for the desktop. GNOME is based on GTK+, which started as a toolkit for GIMP, and I always thought the GIMP interface was quite unfriendly. It had some nice filters, and some nice effects, but in many ways it was worse than Windows 3.1, even. It breaks from the well established menu paradigm, at least in large part, and it separates the toolbox dialogs from the drawing windows as if they were entirely separate applications. I should mention that I think recent versions are improving quite a bit in usability, but I still find the fundamental design flawed."

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