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Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing 138

jones_supa writes "Kdenlive's project leader Jean-Baptiste Mardelle, who always used to let people know if he was going to be away for a couple of days, seems to have just disappeared. His last e-mail and blog post were in early July and they didn't suggest any problems. While there's many Kdenlive fans out there for the KDE-focused open-source video editor, it seems new development efforts around the project have ceased. Also the Kdenlive Git repository hasn't seen any new commits (aside from the automated l10n daemon script) since early July. There has been also people in KDE forums and Kdenlive developers' mailing list pondering about the status of the project, being left none the wiser."
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Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing

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  • My theory (Score:5, Funny)

    by Hamsterdan ( 815291 ) on Sunday November 24, 2013 @07:08PM (#45510207)

    He's been kidnapped by a Gnome

    • Perhaps we can assemble and offer a large pile of underwear [youtube.com] as ransom?

      Will the gnomes return him unharmed, or is that a different business model [dilbert.com]?

    • Exactly, I suspect this site (www.travelocity.com/) has sent him somewhere.
    • by e70838 ( 976799 )
      Or he has found a girlfriend.
  • by war4peace ( 1628283 ) on Sunday November 24, 2013 @07:10PM (#45510223)

    Family tragedy of some sort; ...Can't think of anything else which would mandate sudden interruptions of this kind. I mean, even if you wake up one day and just say "screw this, not doing it anymore", at least you should leave a message out of respect for your own work, if not the user base.

    • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward

      That's assuming the user base had any respect for him.

      People who develop open-source software in my experience have to learn to deal with being routinely harrangued, insulted, threats of death, all because...say, you decided to go with GPLv3 instead of the BSD license.

      I can imagine it being pretty easy to walk away from all of it if that were the case, if you pour your heart into something and it goes entirely unappreciated you don't have much reason to continue. Unfortunately, until someone hears from him

      • It's not about the user base respecting you, it's about you respecting your own work.
        I ventured to assume that since he was coding voluntarily, this would have been a passion-project. you don't just drop it without warning, really.

        • Re:Reasons (Score:4, Insightful)

          by Eskarel ( 565631 ) on Monday November 25, 2013 @04:07AM (#45512707)

          The fact that it's a passion-project would be precisely why you'd drop it without warning. Imagine you were working on a product for money and the money dried up, you'd stop developing. The same thing happens to a passion project when the passion dries up.

          On top of that, if it's like anything I've ever lost passion for it's usually a case of not logging in for a day, and then a couple of days, and then weeks, and by the time you've accepted that you're actually not ever going to log in again it seems pretty pointless to go and tell people "hey guys I'm gone", especially if you're user base are jerks.

    • Can't think of anything else which would mandate sudden interruptions of this kind

      I can, maybe he had a kid. Kids tend to put things in perspective. If he had a 9-5 then time really got tight for "Open Source" initiatives, namely diapers, sleepless nights and spending quality time with family.

    • Yes, let's wait. Far too many possible causes. If it's a personal matter, then leave him be. It's not as if he was getting seriously paid for his work?

      If it's just a "simple" case of mid-career "fuck this, I'm going to change my life", then it's just time for the rest of us to also move on or fork the project, if you're technically capable. I mean, the main developer of Bitcoin also disappeared, and Bitcoin is now thousands of times more viral than when he was the alpha developer.

      On the other hand, whatever

    • by grumbel ( 592662 )

      That assumes that there was a point where he said "screw this". I have plenty of projects that I just stopped working on, but with none of them I had a clear point were I knew I would stop working on them, it was mostly just getting busy with other stuff and then just never finding the time or motivation to come back to them. The projects just fizzled out, there was never a point were I gave up on them and in theory I might pick them up again one day.

  • by Camembert ( 2891457 ) on Sunday November 24, 2013 @07:28PM (#45510351)
    I did a quick google and found that he posted on September 16: http://lists.kde.org/?a=120532466800019&r=1&w=2 [kde.org] So let us hope that the man returns. On a bigger topic, this is the kind of software that would really benefit from having far more contributors. I am not a programmer but I'd think that working on a video editor is rather cool.
    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      by MrEricSir ( 398214 )

      On a bigger topic, this is the kind of software that would really benefit from having far more contributors.

      There's dozens of open source video editors out there. For some reason the open source community values the quantity of choices over the quality of any one of them.

  • Given the nature of the Kdenlive software itself, video editing, I think it would be foolish to rule out a mafiAA hit.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      Given the nature of the Kdenlive software itself, video editing, I think it would be foolish to rule out a mafiAA hit.

      Kdenlive is not a threat to anybody - the author probably just tried to import a media file and crashed. People are only surprised by the lack of a backtrace.

    • I sure hope this story gets the legs McAfee's Belizean Adventures had for its' interminable 15 minutes... whether or not he was responsible for Greg's fall, his tale competed with the mighty Bitcoin in article frequency, for a minute.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 24, 2013 @08:03PM (#45510525)

    It took me two minutes to get an address and telephone number for the guy. Maybe it's current, maybe it's not. But instead of just pointlessly speculating, maybe somebody who personally knows him from KDE events should give him a call and see how he's doing. On a side note, I can't believe this is on /. Phoronix? Yes, because its a worthless gossip rag. It's getting really old with /. taking crap articles from Phoronix and putting them on the front page.

    • by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Sunday November 24, 2013 @10:52PM (#45511431) Journal
      This is the loathesome pretentious side of /. This story, with (x)+/- readers and comments -not statistically insignificantly including you and yours- , has piqued my own good interest enough to comment a second time. That a single grandiloquent pos(t)er would not only attempt to modwhore a perceived populist highbrow view of article selection, but gain the three positive mods despite his rather less than opaque pandering, well as you can tell, leaves me speechless. It's called the "F_rehose" and may I buy you a vowel?
      • by dwpro ( 520418 )

        I would expect the editors to filter out what appears to be factually wrong summary and gratuitous speculation according to camembert's comment [slashdot.org], or at least find a second opinion. I know, I must be new here, but crying-wolf articles such as these curb my page views dramatically.

    • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 24, 2013 @10:52PM (#45511433)

      A lot of people dropped off the Net in July, well at least they stopped posting and doing stuff until they can secure their email, and communications.

    • On a side note, I can't believe this is on /. Phoronix? Yes, because its a worthless gossip rag.

      Even worse, it's hidden in the root directory. Come on, who does that?!

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