As part of the May 2002 issue of "Application of the month" series on KDE.de, Klaus Stärk has interviewed Håvard Frøiland, author of KTouch. KTouch is part of the KDE Edutainment Project and provides a quick and fun way to learn the useful and impressive skill of touch typing. See the main homepage for further details and screenshots -- the interview follows.
First of all: Congratulations for publishing the first official release of the KDE Edutainment family.
First of all I would like to say thank you on the behalf of the hard working KDE Edutainment team. I have not
We are currently preparing new programs for the KDE3.1 release: a maths plotter program, a Japanese language
How did you start the KTouch project and who else is involved in it?
KTouch was started as a way of learning C++ and QT. I had previously started a couple of other projects based
I have had small contributions to KTouch from various people with translations, training files, keyboard
Do you know of any plans for CD-ROM-based CBT-programs (Computer Based Training) for the KDE Edutainment
Not yet I think. At least I have not heard of anything like that. The KDE-Edutainment project started just
Do you have any more features planned for KTouch?
Yes, I want to finish the statistics page. As you can see there are a couple of missing pages in it. I have
I also want to remove the splash screen and write a touch typing tutorial to go in the help page. And while I
What do you think about Open Source and what is the reason for you personally to publish KTouch under the
I am mainly doing this for fun, and I am glad that so many people can use this application since it is GPL.
I like the idea that this application is meant for educational purposes, as I feel this group often has
Do you know other KDE developers? Do you know them just virtually or in person as well?
I only know a few people very briefly, just some of the girls and boys in the kde edu project. And of course
I don't know any of these people in person though, only through e-mails or IRC.
How much time do you usually spend per week working on the KDE project?
It really depends, it goes up and down. In the past I have got most of it done when I have had heaps to do at
What's the most common Desktop Environment used on your workplace? (If not KDE, why not? :-)
Well, I haven't started there yet. But I am afraid that most of the stuff is running on Windows at the moment.
Here in Germany, we had an initiative called "BundesTux"
I am not sure about this, but I know that we have a big project called "Skolelinux", and
What's your opinion about the future of "Linux on the desktop"?
I can't see how we can avoid it. A Linux solution running KDE is in my opinion much better than a Windows
I also think it would have helped if we had a distribution that only focused on a graphical environment for
What's the configuration of your computer, and which Linux distribution do you use for your daily work ?
At the moment I am running Mandrake 8.2 and KDE 3.0 on a 600 Athlon processor, with 128 mb memory. It runs
What do you do in your spare time when you're not coding for the KDE-project?
My biggest interest is climbing and spending time with friends. I am also keen on bush walking and like
Thanks a lot for joining the "app-of-month" :-)
Thanks for choosing KTouch, this was fun. ;-)
Håvard Frøiland: firstname.lastname@example.org
Klaus Stärk: email@example.com
Application of the month: http://www.kde.de/appmonth