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Interview With KDE On Windows Release Manager Patrick Spendrin 116

Posted by timothy
from the strength-to-strength dept.
paugq writes "Last week KDE 4.5.4 was released for Windows as a late Christmas present from the KDE on Windows team. Almost at the same time BehindKDE, the site for interviews with KDE contributors, has started a new series of interviews with the 'Platforms' theme. In the first interview, Pau Garcia i Quiles talks with Patrick Spendrin, the current release manager of KDE on Windows and asks about the current status of the project, challenges and difficulties. In future interviews, Mac, Solaris, BSD (it's not dead, after all!), Haiku, OS/2 and more."
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Interview With KDE On Windows Release Manager Patrick Spendrin

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  • Re:KDE for Windows? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lord Crc (151920) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @04:37AM (#34845972)

    ehm....why?!

    Because a lot of the KDE applications are great and if one does not like dual booting you can enjoy them on Windows as well?

    I really like Kate for writing code and Okular is a nice Adobe Reader alternative. I haven't tried many LaTeX GUIs but I feel really productive in Kile. Now I can enjoy those applications on Windows as well.

    BTW if you do install KDE on Windows, make sure you read the fine tuning [kde.org] step in their wiki for a getting a more native look and feel.

  • by Bralkein (685733) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @04:50AM (#34846022)
    FTFA:

    Due to a programming job I had back then, I needed to switch back to Windows, but I still dreamed of having my favourite KDE applications. After hearing of the porting efforts in the pre-4.0 times, I joined the team back then.

    So he likes the KDE applications, and wants to have them when he uses Windows. Simple as that!

  • Re:KDE for Windows? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Rhaban (987410) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @05:20AM (#34846176)

    Because sometimes, you want to launch a kde software on windows.

    As a web developer, I used a few years ago, before virtualisation was as usable as now, because I had to work on windows to be able to test sites on internet explorer. And I had a client who wanted his site to be tested on every browser including konqueror, so I used kde on windows to test his site on konqueror (then I explained to my boss why it was a bad idea to sell "tested in konqueror" web sites, and never used kde on windows again)

  • by Viol8 (599362) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @05:55AM (#34846322)

    The Windows Shell/GUI is perfectly servicable. It isn't the shell thats the cause of Windows problems , its IE and the boiling morass of poorly written and tested code underneath it making up the core OS services that causes 99% of the problems.

  • by StayFrosty (1521445) on Wednesday January 12, 2011 @09:24AM (#34847712)

    That's because there is no answer, they're just fucking around. Not only are there already lots of free beer/speech tools for Windows, but most of them are better than these hideous KDE apps that look like they were designed to run on Windows 95.

    You obviously haven't used the KDE since version 2.x. QT3/KDE3 apps look about on par with Windows XP and QT4/KDE4 apps look better than anything Microsoft or Apple have come up with yet. I'm saying this as a gnome user.

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