Fosdem O'Reilly
2005 Edition Free and Open Source Software Developer's European Meeting


Matthias Ettrich



Matthias Ettrich is a well-known member of the Free Software Community. He created the LyX document-processor and is a founder of the K Desktop Environment (KDE), which provides Linux and Unix systems with a familiar and friendly graphical user interface. KDE is one of the largest open source projects in existence, with hundreds of active contributors, and is available in over seventy languages. KDE is built with the Qt toolkit. Matthias graduated from the University of Tübingen with a M.Sc ("Dipl. Inf.") in Computer Science

Abstract: KDE - past, present, and future

Linux on the desktop is a reality for millions of users, an achievement that can be directly attributed to the success of KDE and its conceptual fork Gnome.

But if we take into account our original vision in the early days of the Linux desktop from 1996 to 1998, how successful have we really been ?

The answer is simple: like with any other visionary project, we went way beyond the original vision in many areas, and fell horribly short in others, some of these areas we still see as crucial today.

In my talk, I will outline where we are and where we wanted to be. I will also talk about our biggest challenges today, and what is we are doing to address them. Finally, I will conclude with what we might see in the future.
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