As time goes by...

As time goes by KDE distributors come and go.
It seems in the meantime I'm one of the more long-time contributors, I got my cvs account late 1999 I think (with low but quite constant activity...).
Thanks go to David Faure, without him I probably wouldn't be around here today ! :-)

Digging in my memories some names come to my mind which did a lot of very good work in past days but from which I didn't hear anything since a long time now already. Here they come in no special order and absolutely incomplete:

  • Kurt Granroth: did a lot of core stuff in the KDE 2.0 days, especially KXMLGUI if I remember right. Also kxmlrpcd.
  • Carsten Pfeiffer: He was also mainly active during the KDE 2.x days. Since he finished university it seems there isn't much time left for KDE. Worked on the file dialog, KFileItem, the combobox completion, kuickshow and others.
  • Malte Starostik: He did a lot of cool stuff, also cool "hacks", like reaktivate, an active x (I think) compatible extension for khtml using Wine.
  • Torben Weis: original kfm author. Do I have to say more ?
  • ...and a lot of others

Are you still around ? KDE today is more exiting than ever, a lot of work is to be done. Would be nice to hear from you again :-)



The scary part is that three people of your list are living in Berlin. Seems to be a dangerous place for KDE developers - I better move before it's too late. ;-)

By at Wed, 08/10/2005 - 21:12

Don't leave Berlin, it's not that bad, even when the weather looks like november in mid august :-/

By Andreas Silberstorff at Thu, 08/11/2005 - 12:44

It's not the weather, more too few public holidays. ;-) And I will be back for some days often, see you at Berlinux! :-)

By at Thu, 08/11/2005 - 13:27

While I agree that it would be nice to hear from those who have mysteriously vanished off the grid, i think it would also be nice to mention some of the newer people that have stuck around for more than, say, 6 months or so after getting the CVS/SVN account. Perhaps they don't need as much recognition or wondering about what they've done since they're probably still active, but i like having a bit of balance. :)

hard to believe i've been involved with KDE for two years already...

By mattr at Wed, 08/10/2005 - 21:32

Carsten Pfeiffer is still around. I've got emails from him as recent as July 21. CIA has commits of January and he's been reporting bugs.

CIA logged one commit only by Malte in its 1.5 years of existance.

Torben Weis is someone I only know by name. He seems to have vanished in early 2000. Kurt disappeared in 2003.

Some other old names.

By Thiago Macieira at Thu, 08/11/2005 - 03:54