People Behind KDE: Ivan E. Moore II

Packaging is one of the activities in our project that requires much discipline, dedication and patience. In this week's People Behind KDE, Tink interviews Ivan E. Moore II, who has held the office of Debian Packager for our project for a long time.
He maintains the principal KDE packages for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Come and enjoy as Ivan entertains us with his answers.


I don't use Debian, but I still think Ivan is a hero. I follow the CVS mailling list and I'm amazed by the amount of quality work he spends on KDE for Debian. The Debian folks are happy to have a guy like him.

By matt at Tue, 2001/05/15 - 5:00am

I agree, Ivan rocks. He provides terrific KDE support for Debian. This kind of contributor is the most valuable for KDE.

Rock on, Rev Krusty!

By ac at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

I do complitelly agree,
Ivan makes just his work the best way it could be done.!
Sometimes i am suprised how kind and
good at his work he is.

By Luigi Genoni at Mon, 2001/05/21 - 5:00am

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you is?"

That was a good question - never heard that one before...

By john at Tue, 2001/05/15 - 5:00am

Ivan is a great guy, he has helped us out a few times getting Debian packages together. I can't say enough good about him :).

By Shawn Gordon at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am


I tried to apt-get install task-kde a litle bit ago, and there is no "startkde" program installed. all the other kde packages are installed, but just not that file as far as i can tell. so how to i initialise KDE from my .xinitrc script? when i build KDE from scratch, i just type startkde into my .xinitrc, but when i do this after apt-getting task-kde, the file is not found. I did a locate for it(after updatedb), and it is just not there.. do you know if this is a bug? or is there something special i need to do to get KDE to work by default?

I heard someone say something about a program called "usekde" or something that will make kde be the default desktop, but i cannot find any such file.

thanks for any help

By Anonymous at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

Try 'kde' instead of 'startkde'.

By ac at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

well, startkde is in the package kdebase. you could aswell put /usr/bin/kde2 into your .xinitrc


By tix64 at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

hehe he sure is scared of his wife ;-) j/k
thanks for all the work!

By beerman at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

Thanks Ivan!
I'm always enjoying the fast an easy
apt-get even in unstable.

By kernel at Wed, 2001/05/16 - 5:00am

I am very thankful that someone saw the importance
of bringing together KDE and Debian.

Together they are a potent force for Linux.

Thanks again to Ivan for doing this much needed

By Kris Kringle at Sat, 2001/05/19 - 5:00am

good for free software :)

By gnome 1.4 has it too at Wed, 2001/05/23 - 5:00am