Articles - Interviews
How did you get started on KDE?
It was quite simple actually. I was completing my thesis and was wondering what I could next. That's when I met Matthais Etterich, who showed me QT. It was at 0.97, I think. We instantly liked what we saw. At that time we also felt that Linux required a good desktop environment. There was CDE, but that was commercial and it was also based on Motif. I think Red Hat released a commercial version that included CDE, but I wasn't able to see it. We thought we could do better and so we decided to start on KDE.
Do you currently do any work in Linux or do you plan to do some work in the future?
At LightSurf for our ASP and MSP services to companies such as Kodak and others we actually use Linux extensively. We are the leaders for end-to-end infrastructure for Multimedia Wireless Communications.
What is your perception about Linux? What do you think Linux currently lacks technically that if added, can make it more successful then it already is?
How does Sun perceive Linux? As competition or does Linux compliment Sun?
We really think Linux is a good thing. The combination of Linux and the Internet have changed things completely. Linux and the Internet fill a whole new growth and space of Unix. From a user's perspective Linux is Unix, just as BSD is Unix and we basically grew up on BSD.
How and why did IBM decide to support Linux when they already have their own OS?
The shift started about two years ago. An internal effort was started and
I was also part of this team of 6-7 people. We wanted to know what this thing
was and whether we needed yet another OS. We also looked at open source.
Open source had far more benefits in terms of process. There was a lot of
vigor in the process, lot of value in the process. It was a self-policing
environment. If you did good work, you got noticed and got to do more good
Why did Red Hat decide to ship a development snapshot of GCC instead of the
most recent released version, 2.95.2?
There was a lot of discussion about this on Slashdot when Red Hat 7 shipped,
and with 20/20 hindsight, it appears that no better technical decision could
have been made. I will leave it to speculation as to whether we could have
navigated certain political minefields better, but let me explain the
Red Hat has many different constituencies, ranging from enterprise customers
Which commercial company is doing the most for Linux?
I have such a hard time judging that. Most of them tend to be in fairly
different markets. I think that there is a lot of power in just numbers.
That's what made Windows such an attractive platform. It wasn't Microsoft.
It was the fact that there were hundreds - thousands of companies
supporting it. I think that it would be wrong to single out any Linux
Today most of the IT companies are embracing Linux. Are they giving
back enough to the community?