People Behind KDE: Janet Theobroma

She is the woman behind the artwork contests on KDE-Look and the KDE-Artists site where artists and coders can "kollaborate". She also has more children than any other KDE contributor we know of and seems to have a liking for chocolate. Tonight's star of The People Behind KDE is geek girl Janet Theobroma.


Hey, Janet, nice to have you in KDE. I loved the answer about getting bored in a train ;-) Very nice family, you show it's possible to manage it all. You're bringing new ideas and new concepts to KDE and that's awesome, keep up the good work!

By Anne-Marie Mahfouf at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

I bet you've seen The Chocolate Factory, Janet :)

By Anonymous at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

Glad to learn more about Janet.

KDE is lucky to have her involved, that's for certain.

By Wade Olson at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

As a Spanish speaker, I must say something about her signature ;-P It should be "Las cosas claras y el chocolate espeso", without the "R" in "espReso", just "espeso". Maybe it was just a misspelling in the article, but just in case...

Keep on the good work!

By Bardok at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

Thank you. Yet another successful Kollaboration. ;)

Yes the K in Kollaboration is on purpose hehe. ;) ;)

By Theobroma at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

Yes the K in Kollaboration is on purpose hehe. ;) ;)

Argh! Am I the only one who hates this excessive use of the work K?

It's like a more mild form of l337. It isn't cool!

There have been some sane names: appeal, plasma, quanta (thank god it's not 'kuanta'), umbrello and so on, but most of the K names are like horribly contrived acronyms. Examples:


Some of them are less offensive:


Please! Application name choosers! Think of the children!

By Tim at Fri, 2005/09/30 - 5:00am

amoraK? Don't you mean anoraK? And where could I get it?

By ac at Sat, 2005/10/01 - 5:00am

he must mean amaroK, only the best media player for linux out there :)

grab it at and you won't be disappointed.

By leo at Sun, 2005/10/02 - 5:00am

Kollaboration is a koncept kreated by kinda klever people klaiming to have fun while kooroperating with others. Keep in mind that Kollaborating is kool and helps kut down on the kalamity the applikation devel faces konstantly. It should also be futher knoted and taken into konsideration that the K in Kollaboration was chosen mostly for fun and the humor faktor. K? ;)

By lando at Mon, 2005/10/03 - 5:00am

It's always great fun to read these interviews.
This time it was even more interesting than usual, since it gave some new insights into what it can be like to be an KDE developer. I feel a lot of respect for Janet Theobroma! (Everyone else in KDE as well, but a mother of five - that really is impressive :-)

Göran Jartin
Varberg, Sweden

By Göran Jartin at Mon, 2005/09/26 - 5:00am

yeah, i agree. she seems to be cool... and i enjoy her work on KDE.

By superstoned at Tue, 2005/09/27 - 5:00am

... noone noticed this

Or everyone did and I am just too dense? ;-)

By Roberto Alsina at Tue, 2005/09/27 - 5:00am