People behind KDE: Jono Bacon

Welcome to your weekly tour of the KDE people gallery. This time, Jono Bacon answers Tink's questions. A student, a writer, a guitar player and a KDE developer, Jono acknowledges to have come to KDE by necessity and to have stayed by love. Visit Tink's talk lounge for other great interviews.


Jono Bacon wrote :

>> I would love to see a decent graphical
>> installation system similer to Installshield.

One small comment on the InstallShield part.
Linux is ahead of the competition in
the packaging and installation area.
The only decent part of InstallShield and other
Windows based packaging software is the GUI the
user gets during installation. So if anyone
decides to make something which looks like
InstallShield, please make the internals such
way that it uses RPM or the Debian counterpart.

Best regards,


By Eric Veltman at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

I just recomend, even when people love X windows
to port Qt to Super VGA libs so we don't have to
suffer the pain.

By juan at Thu, 2001/02/15 - 6:00am

There are two projects like this, kinst, which is coming along nicely, and Inca, which I think was cancelled.

By Carbon at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

You have to differentiate: There is room for:

-A KDE installer
-The KDE installer

While the former would be an answer to installshield, the latter is needed to tackle the installation of kde itself. but i think both things are being worked on right now, and I'm really looking forward to these, since I oftentimes have problems with installing software on linux.

By its me again at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

When I said about an installerI meant an installer for packages such as RPM's and DEB's. I would love to se a GUI installer, and I feel it would make the usof UNIX/Linux for new users easier.

Although there is KInst, I am not sure if the project is still running. If not, would the author like to open it up for another developer?

By Jono Bacon at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

loki has made its game installer availlable
it s xml based , works without X also and is free and customizable:
it just uses gtk ;)

By dent at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

An installer is in the works.

It uses Qt ;-)

By reihal at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

So then Qt is statically linked into the setup program so this can handle installing Qt as well, right?

Will this give the option to install qt-copy so we can get cool stuff like AA or Alpha in X?

And why doesn't multimedia go into the developer's install? I assume most developers want to access multimedia in their apps! Maybe this should be an option or a checkmark under the developers radio button...

By Chris Bordeman at Tue, 2001/02/13 - 6:00am

Also, will this include KDE Studio as well as KDevelop?

By Chris Bordeman at Tue, 2001/02/13 - 6:00am

ill bet 99.9% of everybody will choose to install everything, not a stupid cheesy "profile"


By well.. at Tue, 2001/02/13 - 6:00am

Thank u Jono for all of ur hard work!

You and all the KDE developers are great and set a super example.. and help peps follow that example.


* RPN kalculator for kde: katzbrown.com/krpn-0.1.tar.gz

* is wildfox ever going to be interviewed?

By Jason Katz-Brown at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

Is mosfet going to be interviewed?

By reihal at Mon, 2001/02/12 - 6:00am

you should really interview WildFox.

By stephan at Tue, 2001/02/13 - 6:00am

Send me Wildfox bio and I'll think about it :-) I can be braggged with boxes of Swiss or Austrian chocolate and bottles of French red wine ;-)


By Tink at Wed, 2001/02/14 - 6:00am

Mosfet has agreed to do the interview about 4 months ago. Unfortunately he still hasn't send in his answers. I think he just to busy coding and doesn't want you to know who he really is, maybe he has some kind of secret life ;-)) You could all email him and beg him to send in his answers, maybe that'll work. I tried doing that but had no luck whatsoever.


By Tink at Wed, 2001/02/14 - 6:00am

Indeed mosfet has a secret life. If only you had seen THAT picture!

What the heck, interview me, nobody remembers me, I do nothing anymore, but I promise strange answers ;-)

By Roberto Alsina at Thu, 2001/02/15 - 6:00am

I remember the might ralsina. ;--P

By Jono Bacon at Fri, 2001/02/16 - 6:00am

Hey Tink,

born 15.03.1986
death hope in > 70 years :)

That's it ;)

By Nikolas Zimmermann at Wed, 2001/02/14 - 6:00am

haha wildfox :P

By Jason Katz-Brown at Sun, 2001/02/18 - 6:00am