Contributions to Series 3 by Danny Allen, 2007-2009


Summer of Code 2007 (4/4)

This is the last of four interviews with Summer of Code 2007 students in KDE (read the first, second, third).

Marijn Kruisselbrink

  • Age: 21
  • Located in: Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Occupation: Computer Science Student at Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Nickname on IRC: Mek
  • Fav. KDE applications: KOficce, Gwenview
  • Hardware:
    • MacBook Pro, 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo, 1 GB RAM, 100 GB HDD
    • Laptop, 1.4 GHz Pentium M, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB HDD
    • MacMini, 1.25 GHz G4 PPC, 512 MB RAM, 40 GB HDD

Alexandr Goncearenco

  • Age: 26
  • Located in: Kassel, Germany
  • Occupation: Postgraduate student at Cologne University Bioinformatics Center (CUBIC)
  • Nickname on IRC: neksa
  • Fav. KDE applications: Kontact, Konqueror, KArm, Digikam, Kalzium, KPDF/okular
  • Hardware: Compaq Evo n620c, CPU 1.5 GHz Pentium M, RAM 1 GB, HDD 7.2 KRPM 60 GB, ATI 1400x1050
  • Homepage:
  • Blog:

Emanuele Tamponi

  • Age: 19
  • Located in: Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy
  • Occupation: Student at Università degli Studi of Cagliari, Electronic Engineering
  • Nickname on IRC: EmanueleT (ex Thrain)
  • Fav. KDE applications: Konqueror, Kate, Krita

Vladimir Kuznetsov

  • Age: 21
  • Located in: Russia, Moscow
  • Occupation: Student at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
  • Nickname on IRC: ksvladimir
  • Fav. KDE applications: Konsole, Digikam, Kile.
  • Blog:

Summer of Code 2007 (3/4)

This is the third of four interviews with Summer of Code 2007 students in KDE (read the first, second).

Leo Franchi

  • Age: 19
  • Located in: Austin, Texas
  • Occupation: Sophomore, majoring in Computer Science and Philosophy.
  • Nickname on IRC: lfranchi
  • Fav. KDE applications: Amarok of course :) As well as Kate, Dolphin, and KMail.
  • Blog:

Juan González Aguilera

  • Age: 27
  • Located in: Almeria, Spain
  • Occupation: Student at University of Almeria.
  • Nickname on IRC: opsidao
  • Fav. KDE applications: KDevelop, Amarok and Konsole (or Yakuake)
  • Hardware: Athlon64_3000+, 2 GB ram, 200 GB SATA and a very cheap GeForce FX5200 performing really well on dual-head.
  • Blog:

Andrew Christian Manson

  • Age: 20
  • Located in: Dublin, Ireland, Wicklow, Ireland, and Crossgar, Northern Ireland.
  • Occupation: Student at Trinity College, Dublin doing Computer Science.
  • Nickname on IRC: real_ate
  • Fav. KDE applications: Wow, this is really tough... I would have to say Marble (no, I'm serious!), KArm ( just to keep me on the right track ), Kate and KDevelop but I really wish I understood how to use it properly ;)
  • Hardware: Nowadays I work on a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, it's big, heavy, and the lowest end hardware I could find - but it cost me 500 euro, and that's the kind of decisions that we students need to make.
  • Blog: - although you might not find anything interesting there because I'm really new to this blogbing stuff, so I don't keep it up and when I do I just don't know what to put in it. Maybe it might become more active soon enough...

Marcus D. Hanwell

  • Age: 27
  • Located in: Sheffield, UK.
  • Occupation: Student at the University of Sheffield doing a PhD in Physics.
  • Nickname on IRC: cryos
  • Fav. KDE applications: So many to choose from - Kile, K3b, Amarok, Digikam, Kalzium, vim and Marble.
  • Hardware: I have always been building things and taking them apart and my main desktop system is no different. I built the system from parts - dual core AMD Athlon64 4400+, 2x1GB DDR400 matched RAM modules from Corsair, XFX nVidia 6600GT PCI-E graphics card, 3x250GB Maxtor SATA hard drives set up in RAID0/1/5 using LVM2, all in a beautiful black Antec tower case with a Tagan PSU powering a couple of 17" LG TFTs using DVI.
  • Homepage:
  • Blog:

Summer of Code 2007 (2/4)

This is the second of four interviews with Summer of Code 2007 students in KDE (read the first one).

Carlos Licea

  • Age: 20
  • Located in: Juárez, Chihuahua, México
  • Occupation: Student at Juarez City Technological Institute, and some other duties.
  • Nickname on IRC: carutsu
  • Fav. KDE applications: Hard to pick one... I just love Amarok, K3b and certainly KOffice 2.0 will be amazing.
  • Blog: I just started a blog a couple of weeks ago, it's outdated but I will post major achievements there. Its address is I tried to get it on the planet but I didn't recive any answer.

Bertjan Broeksema

Pierre Ducroquet

  • Age: 20
  • Located in: Close to Lille, North of France
  • Occupation: Student at Telecom Lille 1, a French engineer school.
  • Nickname on IRC: Pinaraf
  • Fav. KDE applications: In lexical order: Akregator, Amarok, Kate, KMail, KNotes, Konqueror, Konversation, Kopete
  • Hardware: Acer laptop: Pentium M 1.7 GHz, 1.5 GB RAM, ATI Mobility X700...
  • Homepage: None... (ok, you can find some attempts on Google, but I never maintained them).
  • Blog:

Gavin Beatty

  • Age: 21
  • Located in: Dublin, Ireland
  • Occupation: Student at Trinity College (Dublin University, Trinity College for the pernickity).
  • Nickname on IRC: gavinbt (no alter egos, thanks)
  • Fav. KDE applications: Konsole, Kate, Kopete, KWallet are _always_ open. Konversation should easily be on that list.
  • Hardware: Laptop: Fujitsu Siemens, Pentium M 1.73GHz, 1GB RAM, 120GB disk.
  • Blog: - A random collection of links, not really a blog

Summer of Code 2007 (1/4)

his is the first of four interviews with Summer of Code 2007 students in KDE.

Aleix Pol Gonzàlez

  • Age: 21
  • Located in: Barcelona, Spain
  • Occupation: Computer Science student and working in a university internship.
  • Nickname on IRC: apol
  • Fav. KDE applications: KDevelop and Akregator mainly, but KDE is great as a whole.
  • Hardware: 2GHz white MacBook.
  • Homepage:
  • Blog:

Piyush Verma

  • Age: 20
  • Located in: New Delhi, India
  • Occupation: Just finished my internship at Sapphire Mobile Systems under Sirtaj Singh Kang, will join the place soon.
  • Nickname on IRC: meson10
  • Fav. KDE applications: Kontact (it's a real kool manager), Konqueror, Konversation, and lets just not forget "the Konsole".
  • Hardware: Turion 64-Bit Hp-Compaq laptop with 1.5 GB RAM.
    Athlon64 3200 with 1.5 GB as desktop.
  • Blog:

Mike Arthur

  • Age: 22
  • Located in: Edinburgh, Scotland
    Ipswich, England from September onwards.
  • Occupation: Currently working full time on Google Summer of Code.
    Start as software engineer for British Telecom in September.
  • Nickname on IRC: mikearthur
  • Fav. KDE applications: Amarok, Kontact, Kaffeine, Konsole.
  • Hardware: Desktop: Core 2 Duo 4MB running at 2.8Ghz, 2GB RAM, Maxtor 150GB Raptor, Seagate 500GB, Audigy 2, Dell 2005FPW.
    Laptop: Dell Latitude D620 Core Duo 2MB 2.0Ghz, 1GB RAM, 60GB HDD.
  • Homepage:
  • Blog:

Nick Shaforostoff

  • Age: 20
  • Located in: Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Occupation: Student at National Technical University of Ukraine (KPI), 3rd year. Computer Engineering/System Programming.
  • Nickname on IRC: shaforostoff
  • Fav. KDE applications: KTeaTime, Klipper, Kate, yaKuake (it's the only apps that have acceptable performance/features ratio). I also like Amarok, KMail, KDevelop, but they (always) need "some more love".
  • Hardware: 1.8Ghz, 512mb RAM, no swap memory.
  • Homepage:

Jos Poortvliet

A Short Intro

  • Age: 26
  • Located in: Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Occupation: Finishing college at the Dutch research institute TNO. I study Organizational Psychology, and I'm doing research in the area of social innovation.
  • Nickname on IRC: superstoned
  • Claim to Fame: I guess my my reports from meetings and events might be most known...
  • Fav. KDE applications: Tough one. I can name the big ones, but everybody knows how cool they are already. So I go with Klipper, KSnapshot and KGet. They are true gems. Small, but good at what they do.
  • Hardware: AMD X2 4600+ and 3G ram, to keep KDE 4 compiling ;-)
  • Blog: