People of KDE: Neil Stevens

Did you ever, without any particular reason whatsoever, wonder "Who is Neil?"
Despair no longer, for in this week's installment of
The People Behind KDE, Tink came up with a whole new
set of questions to find out.
To learn what Neil wears inside
and outside his bed or what his plans are for Noatun, jump straight to the

Starting this week, the series has a set of new questions, as well as some new features.
url page
is back, all the favorite urls of the People will be posted there so it's easy to access if you have a dull moment and want to surf all the favorite
Hope you enjoy the new questions and feel free to suggest new interview victims. ;-)


I really enjoyed this interview, and a lot of thanks goes to the nicely revamped question set by Tink. Great job!

As to Neil, I think you're crazy for using a Monitor resolution nobody else sane has ever heard of. That Noatun plugin in your screenshot sure looks intriguing. And why is there no mention of freekde in this Interview? You *again* lose a chance to market this site. :-P Be sure to drop us an email so that we can announce its return, btw.

Tink: Could you exert some of your widespread KDE influence and get Dre back on the list of interviewees?? I'd really like to know who this Dre guy is anyway.


By Navindra Umanee at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

I have found 1152x864 to be the best resolution for 17" monitors... try it out!

By will at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

I have to agree, that's what I use on my 17" as well (me too!)

By KDE User at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

Here I'm happier with 1600x1200 on my Dell D1025TM and 1280x1024 on my Sony Multiscan17sf II (lower on that one because it doesn't support 1600x1200) with a Radeon 8500. That's just me though. I suppose my eyes will be fried before I know it.

By Bob Raymond at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

Same for me, I love to have 1152x864 on my Samsung 17"

1024x768 is too small and 1280x1024 makes everything tiny ;)

By mETz at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

G400 with two 17" monitors doing 1152x864 here! Highly recommended.

By reihal at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

If FreeKDE had been up at the time, I'd have found *some* way to market it. As it is, I got the domain mentioned at least twice - loooona, and my desktop screenshot. :-)

The one in the screenshot is Hayes, which has been enabled and now disabed again for shipping in KDE 3.0 itself. so, once things have absolutely frozen I'll go and make final tarballs of everything on my site, and that will include Hayes.

By Neil Stevens at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

AFAIK it's default resolution off lesser (17"?) SUN monitors.

By fura at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

"Tink: Could you exert some of your widespread KDE influence and get Dre back on the list of interviewees?? I'd really like to know who this Dre guy is anyway."

Yes I agree. We need a good interview of that Dre character. ;-)


By Timothy R. Butler at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

The new questions are great Tink! Good work! :)

By Christian A Str... at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

I really like the interviews,
it is interesting to know some more about the people behind the job.
(And it's a job well done, believe me)
Hehe, something good about belgium.
The beer! Luckily most people don't know
much more then the beer ;-)
Maybe we should donate belgian beer to
the KDE developers?

By blashyrkh at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

I can't get enough Belgian beer. Luckily I live in Belgium :-)

I want to see more Belgian developers... Michael Goffioul (KDE Printing) is doing a very good job!

By Andy "Storm" Go... at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

And don't forget the waffles! Beer and waffles, not a bad start, but certainly beer, waffles and a handful of KDE developers would be a better combination! :-)

Anyway, I guess I'm more of a fan of Mexican beer, so for me I'll stick to the waffles. :-)


By Scott Wheeler at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

I hope it's just a bad coincidence that this guy get's honour and more attention nowadays.

By Anonymous at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

We al get the attention we deserve, even you.


By Tink at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

What about me?

By Starved of atte... at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

here's some

By Alex at Wed, 2002/03/13 - 6:00am

The Neil Stevens controversy continues over at Slashdot and on the lists:

Neil's tirade against Dirk Mueller:
Dirk Mueller's response:
Waldo Bastian's take on it all

Someone (not me) with a back & forth with Rob Kaper defending Neil:

By dingledongle at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

Bah! (Score:5, Interesting)
by Anonymous Coward on Saturday March 09, @10:10PM (#3136623)
This guy has been moaning about KDE since ages. He may contribute to KDE a bit, but by God he pisses off nearly every developer. and are where he trolls most.

He has:

Criticized *many* KDE developers good work, even though they are working for free in their spare time.

Would rather see Microsoft go off scott free and end up killing KDE than have Microsoft be punished for being a monopoly.

Has sabotaged KDE CVS because people didn't agree with him.

He now wants to lead KDE.

The guy has an agenda to cripple KDE anyway he can, by sowing discord and criticizing everyone. He shows no respect for peoples work and never apologizes even when he is completely wrong. Its a miracle KDE has put up with him so far.

By PrettyAccurate at Wed, 2002/03/13 - 6:00am

You mean like in that Asterix episode "La Zizanie" ?

By reihal at Mon, 2002/03/18 - 6:00am

Does it ever happen that his cigarette sets light to the ashtray?


By cbcbcb at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

Don't smoke, never have, never will. :-)

By Neil Stevens at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

rich man needs......poor man her........if you will die

By NAVEEN at Thu, 2004/03/04 - 6:00am

The answer is NOTHING

The rich man needs NOTHING
The poor man has NOTHING and
if u eat NOTHING u will die

By angel at Fri, 2004/03/19 - 6:00am

nice interview with one of the more contraversial (re: slashdot) developers (not saying that's a bad thing--- it's really quite cool).

code on neil :)

By fault at Mon, 2002/03/11 - 6:00am

Monopoly, Pepsi,pizza, dark, belgian beer, tabs.

I agree! ;-)

By Rob Kaper at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

Well, considering I was referring to you when it comes to the beer, I hope you do.

I also hope you agree with Atlantik :-)

By Neil Stevens at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

I really enjoyed Necronomicon! Keep up the good work!

If at least one person chuckled, it was worth it. And that's including myself.

By Anonymous Troll at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

That is funny.

By ac at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

Has the KC KDE guy been interviewed yet?

By ac at Tue, 2002/03/12 - 6:00am

Really cool feature! But it is nowhere near complete at the moment, I guess...

By Loranga at Thu, 2002/03/14 - 6:00am

Nifty little conincidence: Chris Howells has now started another push to flesh out the map:

By Neil Stevens at Thu, 2002/03/14 - 6:00am

Cool, just wonder which KDE developer who lives at 0' long, 0' lat... :) (Check out the large map with names (which currently doesn't show any names...))

By Loranga at Thu, 2002/03/14 - 6:00am

Maybe someone should show this guy XMMS and mplayer... both using gtk-frontends, and offer a far better multimedia experience than No-cantdo-tun.

By Vitamin C at Wed, 2002/06/12 - 5:00am