Kubuntu Developer Jonathan Riddell Interviewed

Inspired by the People Behind KDE series, Behind Ubuntu gives us a peek into the lives of contributers to Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Edubuntu and Xubuntu. The first episode honours our very own Jonathan Riddell, KDE contributer and lead Kubuntu developer. Jonathan shares with us details of his work and reveals elements of his personal life, passions and plans for the future.


You poor laddie, not even a chair to sit on.

By reihal at Thu, 2006/04/13 - 5:00am

"Deep friend pizza supper"
as opposed to shallow friends?

By ivor at Thu, 2006/04/13 - 5:00am

thanks fixed :)

By Kenny Duffus at Thu, 2006/04/13 - 5:00am

As far as I understand the German Kubuntu team is currently fed up with Kubuntu, they even launched a protest site on www.kubuntu.de

What goes wrong?

By Gerd at Thu, 2006/04/13 - 5:00am

How about a little courtesy, Jonathan? Your comments on the kubuntu-users list are a bit unkind. Not to mention your "Move Along, Nothing to See" post. Why is Canonical allowing you to be the public face of Kubuntu?

Some examples:

Poor Jane is a busy person, she probably doesn't much wish to ansewr
random accusationary e-mails.
I don't know the details here, it sounds like personalities are
getting in the way.
As I see it you have no valid complains in this list so please reopen
kubuntu.de. (From talking to other German Kubuntu users they seem to
suggest that they'll just start using ubuntuusers.de if this nonsense


By dusty at Fri, 2006/04/14 - 5:00am

All of those comments are factually correct (from my point of view anyway) and not rude. What's unkind?

By Jonathan Riddell at Sat, 2006/04/15 - 5:00am

Don't even give them the time of day, Jonathan. They aren't following the Code of Conduct, and didn't go through the proper Ubuntu dispute channels.

By Philip at Sun, 2006/04/16 - 5:00am

I think Germans are angry about the attempts of ximian to cripple SuSe as a KDE distro. It is like people felt invaded by Gnome imperialism.

By Bert at Tue, 2006/04/18 - 5:00am

Don't think you noticed (atleast I missed at first glance) that after the german manifesto there is also english one. Good explanations about the situation there.

By Petteri at Fri, 2006/04/14 - 5:00am

I use Kubuntu and I'd like to say thanks to Jonathan Riddell for working so hard to make Kubuntu the best KDE distro that I've tried.

By Elijah Lofgren at Sat, 2006/04/15 - 5:00am

Kubuntu is a very nice distro and I use it as my second OS. I much prefer Mandriva's 2007 versions though. Kubuntu will need to evolve (especially graphically - The little things) to compete with MDV 2007.1 in my opinion.

By Per at Wed, 2007/04/18 - 5:00am

>> Favourite comic?
> The Beano with Dennis the Mennis.

That should be "Dennis the Menace"

By anon at Mon, 2006/04/17 - 5:00am

As far as i can tel and experience K-UBUNTU works great
I think it makes Debian usefull for those who like me
are less experienced whit linux.
The worst anemy of LINUX getting tho peoples desktop is
that everybody has his own opinion about how to deal with
a problem.
Should i work with GNOME or KDE i think, who cares it is my desktop
be happy with the posibility of being able tho choose
The British stil drive on the left side of the road,
and i am not complaining.
Leave everybody in its own value i can only say thanks to those
who develop al those beautifull things for all of us to use for free.

By Tim at Mon, 2006/04/17 - 5:00am

Hello Tim,
You are so right my friend. Let's be thankfull to those people who have been working so hard to give us Linux (any distro),also giving us the freedom to choose between Gnome and Kde. Both desktops are really tops!
I've been switching back and forth and I can't make up my mind which is better.
So I have installed Kubuntu adding to it Ubuntu, and I have the pleasure of enjoying both since I can switch back and forth.
Variety is the spice of life, they say.

Thanks again to all those people who generously spend their time and money to give
everybody the opportunity to enter the 'Wonderful World of Linux'
A newbie

By Don at Thu, 2006/04/20 - 5:00am