Torvalds Lauds KDE

During a panel discussion at LinuxWorld Expo here in San Francisco, CA, Linus Torvalds said that the biggest development in Linux this past year has been the desktop, as reported in this story. "Within the last year, it's progressed past the eye-candy stage," he said during a panel discussion at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, praising the KDE user interface and higher-level applications such as KOffice. Another happy KDE user :-).


From someone that can't run kernel 2.4 because it freezes when I mount my cdroom on redhat 7.1 I must say I agree, KDE is the most noticeable improvement on linux this year.
Congrats KDE team and all KDE apps developers, coordinators, translators, and helpers!

By Iuri Fiedoruk at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

hmh, i had similar problems with kernel 2.4,
just try 2.4.9, all my problems have been
solved in 2.4.9.

By hk at Sat, 2001/09/01 - 5:00am

This is usually due to Linux trying to use DMA disk access mode on a CD drive that does not truely support DMA.

To disable this, you can pass an option to the kernel something like "ide=nodma". If you know which drive the problem is occuring on, you can use hdparm to disable DMA on that drive.

According to Red Hat, the problem is due to some drives claiming to support DMA, despite not truely supporting it. There is a blacklist of these drives in the Linux kernel, and naturally more recent kernels will have more up-to-date blacklists.

By Michael Wardle at Fri, 2001/09/07 - 5:00am

Why not recruit Linus to the KDE core team? If Linus works for KDE, he would not be the only Linux kernel developer working for a DE...

By Loranga at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

Um, not quite, I believe that Alan Cox did/does a bit of work on G'NOME...

By David Johnson at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

he said "would not be," I think you misread :)

By dingodonkey at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

Because Linus only knows C

By ac at Fri, 2001/08/31 - 5:00am

Ah, he can see.

By Dr No at Fri, 2001/08/31 - 5:00am

Actually, some very early (unreleased?) version of the Linux kernel was written in C++. Then Linus rewrote it in plain C because g++ at that time was a load of crap.

By joib at Sat, 2001/09/01 - 5:00am

no, some earlier versions of the kernel were compiled in c++ mode, using some basic c++ features, but after much complaining about code-generations issues with g++ at the time the makefiles were switched back to c. saying that it was written in c++ is incorrect. however I do not doubt that Linus can write c++ code if he wants.

By David at Sat, 2001/09/01 - 5:00am

For the record several Gnome Hackers also do Kernel work. Most noteble is the project leader.

The folowing was extracted from '/usr/src/linux/CREDITS'

N: Miguel de Icaza Amozurrutia
D: Linux/SPARC team, Midnight Commander maintainer
S: Avenida Copilco 162, 22-1003
S: Mexico, DF
S: Mexico

While I was browsing there I also stumbled accross.

N: Raymond Chen
D: Author of Configure script
S: 14509 NE 39th Street #1096
S: Bellevue, Washington 98007

Go figure :)
PS : It is monumentaly rude to send trivial and frivulus Email to anyone. Especialy free software contributer.

By Forge at Tue, 2001/09/04 - 5:00am

"No fake - I'm a big fan of konqueror, and I use it for everything." -- Linus Torvalds


By Navindra Umanee at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

You got me there! :)


By Kent Nguyen at Thu, 2001/08/30 - 5:00am

Navindra, you should give the link :-) :

By Philippe Fremy at Fri, 2001/08/31 - 5:00am

So this is at least _one thing_ I have in common with Linus. Makes me proud. Made my day! :-)

By Hans Aschauer at Fri, 2001/08/31 - 5:00am