People of KDE: Wolfram Diestel

Sometimes wise men say that the quest for speed and comfort drives the humankind away from its cultural vocation. The time might have come, thanks to the free software credo, to reconcile our quest for technology and our thurst of culture. Wolfram Diestel is one of the people that work towards this goal. Wolfram is Tink's guest this week, and he presents his work on esperanto translations of KDE. Go read the interview at KDE people's page.


Some friends and I learned a bit of Esperanto about 20 years ago just for fun, but I had no idea it was actually used anywhere. Is it the official language somewhere?

By Shawn Gordon at Tue, 2001/01/23 - 6:00am

Before you get the wrong impression, NO is it is not the official german language ;-).

Esperanto real name is "Lingvo Internacia"
which means as much as "international language an is 100% artificial, invented in 1887 by Dr. Lazarus Ludwig Zamenhof. Esperanto (Hopfull Person) was his nickname. He came up with it with the idea in mind to creat an easy to learn language that could be used to communicate between the different cultures.


P.S: just found an link:


By Max Reiss at Tue, 2001/01/23 - 6:00am

Ironically, there is a character set that covers German, Esperanto and English just fine - Latin-3 has all the characters needed to write German.

By David Starner at Mon, 2001/01/29 - 6:00am

But when I send a Latin-3-Email to a german
Windows user, normally he cannot read it.
With UTF-8 it works fine.

By Wolfram Diestel at Fri, 2001/02/02 - 6:00am