MAR
26
2005

KDE Contributors Worldwide

The worldwide.kde.org contributors map has hot fresh updates. The contributor map on worldwide.kde.org shows developers, translators, doc writers, artists, packagers and other contributors of KDE in all the world. If you are a contributor to the KDE Project, submit your coordinates.

Beside the map with night effect on the main page, it features:

  • 4 more map sizes
  • zoom on Europe so you can see more names
  • zoom on Central Europe so you can see all names
  • maps with nicks
  • and web images

You want to show your dedication to KDE on your webpage? Why not use the new webimages. They are available in several sizes, and feature a little KDE logo so they are a nice way to link to kde.org on your page.



Comments

To be honest with you I like the map at http://developer.postgresql.org more - it is interactive, whereas in Central Europe there are so many folks it is illegible...

I wish I could be there too... But unfortunately I am just a user.

Cheers

Zoltan


By Zoltan Bartko at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Thanks for the link, did not know this one.

I am working on a image map for worldwide.kde.org.

You are right that it will be unusable in Europe and thats the main reason it is not there so far. Searching for a nice solution there.


By Rainer Endres at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

As a West European it's difficult to see who lives near my place. Zooming would be perfect ;)


By Bram Schoenmakers at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

How many developers are there?
Can you give a number on the website?


By jeroen at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

There's 1052 people listed in kde-common/accounts


By Ian Monroe at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Since there are a) not only developers on this map but all kind of contributors I can only give you this. and b) not all developers are on this map. Will think about giving the number on the site.


By Rainer Endres at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

France, Spain, Portugal, Italy...
that's an enormous territory and a stupendous lot of people, yet there are seemingly only a handful of KDE contributors there.

That speaks volume about the language barrier ;(


By . at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Wel... One would assume the language barrier to be just as great for the Germans and Dutchpeople... And there's no stint of them on the map.


By Boudewijn at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

No I can assure you it's not. German, Dutch and English are based on the same vernacular roots.
That mean it is much much harder for latin languages speakers to grasp the basics of day-to-day language, as it's where most germanic roots are used.

Only scientific/sustained terms tend to be latin based, and even then that's not the case for computer science.


By . at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Oh, but English is more than half French anyway...


By Boudewijn at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

whoever* told* you* that* was* very* wrong*

(*): Old High German root :-)


By . at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

it's true. half the enlish words stems from france. they reigned england for quite a time. And some words came back to france... do you know the beefsteak? le biefteck (or however these french write that word, correct me please, any french natives?) - it came from the french word for meat, I can't write that either - something like bieuf? anyway, the french rulers asked the english peasants for meat - they thouht it meant meat from a cow - and it became beef. which went later back to france as le biefteck or whatever...

sorry for all the spellingmistakes, french lessons are 8 years ago, and I learned this in english class 6 years ago.


By superstoned at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

I can assure you that over half of the rootages of English words in the English dictionary come from Latin around 25% via Old French and 1066, and around a further 25% through fashions in science. It is true that most of the gramatical structures and 28% of the most used words are germanic. However, it is quite unlike Dutch and German in the size of it vocabulary. And there are plenty of latinate words in everyday use. To use the previous post as an example the words 'assure' 'based' 'vernacular' 'latin' 'language' 'scientific' 'sustained' 'term' 'tend'.

http://www.askoxford.com/asktheexperts/faq/aboutenglish/proportion?view=uk

The oxford dictionary will back me up


By mmm at Wed, 2007/01/24 - 6:00am

Actually, I believe the english language has its roots in western germanic tribes that migrated to the English islands I don't know how many thousands of years ago.


By Plisken at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Well, actually, no. Wright, whose monumental series on the history of the English language ought to be on every shelf, dates the first monuments of Old English to circa 700 AD. Before the advent of the speakers of Old English arrived, the British islands were the domain of speakers of Celtic, Pictish and Latin.

Or course, Old English had much more Germanic roots than modern English, but we all know what happened in 1066... Hastings, William the Conqueror and all that. French became the language of court, state and law.

Nobody does so now except jokingly, as I was, but for years debate in linguistic circles has raged about whether we could or should classify English as a creole because of the large component of French words and constructions; and then around Pope people started to consciously add as much Latinate words and constructions as they could.

Research is still ongoing: http://www.anglo-norman.net/articles/missinglink.xml is a nice article. Wikipedia has a little information, too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_influence_in_English, but I guess they underestimate the foreign component in English.

By the way, and to bring this back to KDE, the very first application I made using the KDE libraries was Kura, an application to morophologically analyze texts and build interlinearas and dictionaries. It's still going strong under new maintainership at: http://www.ats.lmu.de/kura/index.php.


By Boudewijn Rempt at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Hmmm honestly I wouldn't expect that to be the case. At least in Portugal you have 4 years of compulsory English classes (5th-9th grade), and as an optional language for 3 more years (10th-12th grades). So most people in the sci fielad have at least 7 years of practice. Most sci/tech grad courses will also end up requiring you to deal with English bibliography sooner or latter. In my experience most programmers in here have no problem whatsoever communicating in English.

One thing that would help KDE a lot would be some Qt/KDE lobbying directed to sci and tech University Departments. I know that experienced KDE developers want to be... developing... but if it was possible to have something like 1 week crash courses in some universities, maybe associated with other KDE events, it would be great. That is a great way to recruit, not only new young student programmers, but eventually teachers that will use it later in their classes.


By John Languages Freak at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

I am Portuguese -- dunno if you're portuguese or not. From my experience, I find it amazing how computer science students are so afraid of the English books and always go for Portuguese alternatives that most of the case are far worse in quality.

In my college, I'm very lucky that only Linux is installed in machines, so people have no choice but to use it. Even in the few computers where Windows is installed on ppl don't use it because they're more used to Linux and the Windows setup sucks badly. Anyway, this is an exception. Most colleges use only Windows or offer an optional out-dated Linux distro for boot. As a matter of fact, some classes (and even profissional courses) require some Microsoft software -- there is a very reputative college where students learn Microsoft Office in the first year to Microsoft SQL and so forth (FEUP).

In Portugal, students are used to Windows and I think that's the main point why there aren't many developers from here. Even if students have to use Linux in the college computers, most of them do not even have it installed in their home computer and only a very few use it as their main OS. There isn't also that spirit of free software as in other countries -- I have never heard the couple words "free software" in any generic classes about Linux nor in any other for that matter. I've sent a few patches to a in-house program that is used to teach classes and none of them was accepted or there was much interest in getting help on the development of the program.

That said, Netherlands rule! Really, best country of Europe. I would love to study there. :)


By blacksheep at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

As an italian currently living in Spain that has got some "nordic" friends, all I can say is that we need time to "advance" with mentality. I know it's plenty of LUGs here, and that it's plenty of skilled people helping KDE and other OS projects, but the IT masses are still way behind the trend in northern Europe.

Mmmh...I can't easily explain myself with a comment on the dot, the topis is really a very long one, but maybe you can get the idea.


By Davide Ferrari at Mon, 2005/03/28 - 6:00am

This is very cool.

Explains why I don't run into KDE users every day.

Derek


By Derek Kite at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Um, no it doesn't.


By Ian Monroe at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

It only explains why you are not running into KDE contributors every day ;) And let me say this, this does not happen here, too :)

I run into users every day though.


By Rainer Endres at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

I've never run into anyone who uses KDE. A few linux server types, and some POS. The only linux desktop user I know uses Enlightenment.

Around here people show their technical prowess by bragging about how many spy and ad wares their free scanning software found.

Derek


By Derek Kite at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Bragging about how many spy and ad wares their free scanning software found? That's quite a sick state of affairs...


By ac at Tue, 2005/03/29 - 6:00am

Why are KDE's marketing efforts so pathetic?

After all this time since the KDE 3.4 release, there still is no user friendly feature guide for KDE 3.4. Please don't point me to developer.kde.org, users will get confused and become uninterested in the vast number of technical jumbo on there. KDE needs a nice walk through its new features with screenshots, real world examples and down to Earth language that anyone can understand. Checkout GNOME 2.10's "What's New" section for an example: http://gnome.org/start/2.10/notes/rnwhatsnew.html

Furthermore, KDE needs to do this as soon as KDE 3.4 is released, not a month later. Marketing and release efforts should be coordinated to work with the greatest effect. Right now the KDE websites are a mess and often contain information about old KDE releases. For example, after all this time, KDE still has not updated the screenshot's section. In addition, the widely touted flash guide of KDE 3.4 features is still nowhere to be found, and after all this time, its potential use is diminishing. That's just terrible.

If KDE intends to coninue to be a successful project, it will need to market itself better. It will need to entice users with new features for each release in an easy to follow manner. It will need to organize promotions. It will need to actively organize fun raisers. It will need to coordinate marketing and development. Etc. As any successful company will tell you, marketing is as much as 50% of the equation. You may have he best technology, but if a user's perception does not reflect that, you won't get anywhere. I love KDE, but the lack of marketing, the pathetic websites updated once a year for its projects, the lack of decent fund raisers, etc. are worrying me. At this rate KDE will have as many developers as it does users.


By matt at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

I am working on the feature guide.

Wait till you see it before you complain.

How about you helping instead of complaining?

I always wonder about the things possible if more people would actually go out and promote KDE instead of telling others what they should do.

Well, one can dream.


By Rainer Endres at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Tell us how to help...I'd be an interested candidate.


By nope at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

> Tell us how to help...I'd be an interested candidate.

I think the KDE 3.4 feature guide is almost done, but if you'd like to help, drop an email to kde-quality@kde.org explaining what you'd like to do, and they can help you to get started.

If you're particularly interested in the Feature Guide and similar documentation, you might like to drop by #kde-docs on irc.freenode.net, where we can discuss how you can help.


By Philip Rodrigues at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Please contact kde-quality [1]. Really there is enough to do even for non-coders.

Ciao'

Fab

[1] https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-quality


By Fabrice at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am


By ac at Tue, 2005/03/29 - 6:00am

First reason to complain would be because it was not published when KDE 3.4 was released I think.


By Anonymous at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

We are all voluntarees.
Nobody is paid to do this work and we are all doing it in our free time.
We are not a company.
Sure KDE prefers to put more energy behind the coding rather than the PR.
This may be wrong for some people but i prefer it this way.
I fear the days when its the other way around.


By anon at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

"We are all voluntarees."
Mostly

"Nobody is paid to do this work and we are all doing it in our free time."
Not true. Many KDE developers are sponsored by various companies to do KDE work.

"We are not a company"
Well, there is KDE e.V. at http://www.kde.org/areas/kde-ev/ plus all of the companies that are sponsoring individual hackers, etc. Generally speaking, KDE e.V. makes the important decisions related to how to spend donations (bandwidth, etc.)

I take small offence to speaking on behalf of KDE as 'We' whilst posting anonymously. Especially when some of what you say is misleading and could be interpreted by users as truths spoken.


By Troy Unrau at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Addendum:

after physos on IRC let me know that currently, we are down to one sponsored KDE developer at this time, I'd like to ammend "Many KDE developers are sponsored by various companies to do KDE work." to read "Several KDE developers have been sponsored in the past, or work(ed) for a KDE friendly company."

There are a handful working for Novell or Trolltech mostly, that are also KDE contributors, plus paid work on occasion that makes its way back into KDE, such as Everaldo's icons (which were originally made for SuSE).


By Troy Unrau at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

First sign of insanity is to reply to oneself.

Message from physos:
troy: uh, the first crystal set was made for Conectiva/Mandrake :}
Message to #kde-freebsd:
physos: didn't Suse pay for them on contract though?
Message from physos:
troy: Not in the begining. crystal was for Conectiva and became KDE default at one point, thats when United Linux an thus SUSE money got in the crystal game, since they wanted their own apps to adjust to the look.


By Troy Unrau at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Next time I will anwser here instead of tracking you on IRC. ;)


By Rainer Endres at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

> after physos on IRC let me know that currently, we are down to one sponsored KDE developer at this time...

Why not say who this is so that we can point out how erroneous it is? I believe David Faure still is sponsored for part of his time and I'm aware of a developer sponsored for KDE development on OO.org. I believe there are others and then I sponsor Andras Mantia full time on Quanta and Michal Rudolf part time on Kommander. What I'm aware of is that typically we have a dozen or so donations a month and are down to about one or two a month to help me with sponsorship.

In addition to this we have several sponsoring individuals and KDE's annual events have several companies who participate in sponsoring. None of this counts people working at KDE friendly companies who work on KDE in their free time. When you add it all together it is a significantly helpful amount that adds up to a tiny fraction of what is possible. We are trying to figure out how to afford to travel to place we've been invited where funding is an issue.

Even where development is sponsored it is done on a fraction the cost of traditional development and stretched to the limit of potential. However anyone pointing a finger at developers and saying "you guys" is totally missing the concept of community development. Without the effort and sacrifice of a fraction of a percent of users who are also developers there would be nothing to use. Not all contributors are developers either, but all developers and contributors are users.

So here is 5 years of FLOSS project leadership speaking. If 1% of users were contributors there would be no deficiencies. Users who are only using and beating up the less than 1% of users who are contributing for not contributing enough are exhibiting a severe failure to understand how to improve their user experience. The vast majority of users are capable of making some small form of contribution but operate on the assumption that they are incapable because they were not born programming complex algorithms or some other silly thing that is more a matter of their not considering the possibility. Like the parable of the tourtise and the hare, desire almost always overcomes native ability.

Making a contribution of some sort is very rewarding... until you're spending all your free time and people are asking you why you can't do more. As someone who was not prepared to become the one person between whether a very popular application grew or died I know that free software is meaningless unless those freedoms are exercised. When you see something not as you like ask yourself "If I don't make this happen who will?" In my case I was that one person for Quanta in 2001. Webmaker was last built for KDE 2 and Quanta very nearly ended there too. It's easy to assume someone else will do something, but a lot of times those assumptions prove disappointingly wrong.

KDE is not a closed community. You can be a part. Just pick a program you care about and ask how you can help. You want to know who makes KDE better? It's people who care. If you care enough to be bothered by something that is not getting done then you at the threshold of caring enough to do something. Complaining will frustrate you and doing will fulfill you. ;-)


By Eric Laffoon at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Very well said, Eric!


By Jason Harris at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

eric, you really did a great job, and I, as 'just a user', than you for that. But I'd like to point out, many on these fora (maybe not the user you replied on) help in other places. from answering questions on fora to developing a distribution. building rpm's to writing how-to's. so I think even if 1% of the users contributed, not all of these would help KDE, if they use it.

But I actually agree on most you said, just pointing this out :D


By superstoned at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Why were there more sponsored KDE developers in the past? Are community-driven distros killing the ones developed by companies?


By blacksheep at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Cut the bs, KDE devs, can do more in free time than developers working on different DE, why? half of the job is already done because they don't have to worrie to much about APIS, just take all the Qt framework and work with it, other DE does't have that priviledge so stop complaining about "Free time".


By U at Mon, 2005/03/28 - 6:00am

Sure, we all know that KDE is just a blown up Qt. I bet you even prefer running solely Qt as window manager, desktop environment and file/internet browser for that reason. *rolls eyes


By ac at Tue, 2005/03/29 - 6:00am

When you just use an API and you dont have to worrie about creating it or for maintenance then half or your job is already done, and ain't the KDE devs slogan that you are productive with Qt/C++ and do the work in less time and with less effort? and now they whine about the lack of time?

Other DE who write it from the scrash from creating APIS and maintenance in a language like C doesn't seem to whine, so I say again, cut the BS.


By U at Tue, 2005/03/29 - 6:00am

KDE doesn't offer any API on its own? People can't lack time when a development framework per se is effective? You are calling BS something which is barely publically mentioned while some other projects go openly begging for donations for being able to keep running its foundation bureaucracy? And what other DE wrote its API from scratch in a language like C? Enlightenment, true, I'm looking forward to finally seeing their long awaited DR17 while KDE keeps getting featurefull releases about every half a year but still also hoarding plenty of ideas which aren't realized due to developers lacking required time.

You are such a cute troll.


By ac at Wed, 2005/03/30 - 6:00am

To much words w/o meaning.

You didn't answer my question, so is that your way to distract the subject and skip it?

And the KDE APIS you mention are nothing but a fork of Qt, so let that "KDE owns me" atttitude and get the facs.

so if even with Qt/C++ KDE devs are lacking of time that makes me think:

1.- Is just a lame excuse of something they forgot to do.

2.- Despite the good tools they use like Qt They are not good enought to get the work done.

I won't even anser to this stupit topic anymore, and less to a blind person like you.

period.


By U at Wed, 2005/03/30 - 6:00am

Since it seems you're very good at writing, why don't you volunteer? ;-)
http://quality.kde.org/


By Anonymous at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

Just remember, KDE developers are just users who took the initiative, and got involved in order to improve KDE. So, take the initiative - get involved with the kde-promo team, or the docs team, and help to improve the things you think are lacking.


By Philip Rodrigues at Sat, 2005/03/26 - 6:00am

You know what, I actually will try to help.

But that's not the point. It is simply that KDE should synchronize marketing efforts with releases. For example, when there is an announcement for KDE 3.4, that's when the feature guide and screenshots should be available. I know it is a volunteer project, but I still think this can work. And don't forget that being free does not gurantee users, even FOSS still needs good marketing.

I also can't say that KDE needs money enough times. You guys are not gettign the donation $$$ that you have the potential to receive. This is not just the fault of users, but also KDE's resistance to promoting fundraisers or "begging". GNOME does that for a while now, in fact 50% of the space on their website was once dedicated to fundraising for a few months. You may remember the "Hey kids! The Gnome foundation needs your support." graphic. This is not shameful and it will bring in more $$$.


By matt at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

Hey Matt,

Please join kde-promo [1] as you seem to have a lot of good ideas. To be honest ideas is something we are never short of as we need people to realize these cool ideas. Please join and help.

Ciao'

Fab

[1] https://mail.kde.org/mailman/listinfo/kde-promo


By Fabrice at Sun, 2005/03/27 - 6:00am

I do find the in the face begging for donations by GNOME shameful, and I find it insulting that you are thinking that such a bland thing would be a good idea for KDE to do the same. I'd rather like to see more efforts punt into guiding potential contributer of 'whatever they are willing to contribute' through http://kde.org/support/ and the Quality team.


By ac at Tue, 2005/03/29 - 6:00am

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