Nuno Pinheiro

A Short Intro

The Interview

In what ways do you make a contribution to KDE?

In as many ways as I can, but the thing I mostly work on is making Crystal icons. I also help as much as I can in making artistic documentation. I did some logos for realy cool projects, like Plasma, and also some layouts for KDE related web sites, like this one ;).

Together with Robert Wadley we are making a Crystal icon set for This work is mostly done now and it will enter a new development cycle, because many of the icons have to be improved. And last, I'm working with David Vignoni on a new icon set named Oxygen. I'm very excited about this.

When did you first hear of KDE?

When I bought my first Linux magazine when I was in my second year of university, about 5 or 6 years ago. It was a magazine that came with an old RedHat CD, can't remember which version it was.

How and when did you get involved in KDE?

Don't know, I started to make some icons for KMess, then later, I made some other icons for Kopete as well. One day I saw a little advert about making Crystal icons for, and well the rest is history.

Are you being paid to work on KDE?

Yes, I am. Since 15th of June I am working as a freelancer for SUSE.

How much time do you usually spend on KDE?

About 3 hours a day. It depends a lot on my day job.

Which section of KDE is underrated and could get more publicity?

Everywhere, I can't believe I have to explain to everybody what KDE is.

What do you think is still missing badly in KDE?

A usable Karbon14 vector drawing software. With the work being done on Krita we have a good image manipulator, but we don't have a replacement for Sodipodi or Inkscape. I would love to do all my work in a KDE environment. I don't use Illustrator, but it would be nice that KPDF or KSVG would render AI files nicely. Now I have to use Acrobat to do so.

What are your future plans for KDE?

Continue the work cycle with Finish first a number of icons in Oxygen Style to show this at the Akademy. Continue to help other kool projects.

Do you have any specific goals for KDE 4?

No, no goals. My main objective is to be able to continue to help in this wonderful project.

What motivates/keeps you motivated to work on KDE?

The people, I love the group, I really do.

Which application in KDE do you think definitely needs some usability work?

Karbon14, I really would love to use it, as I find it has lots of potential.

What chances do you see in your country for KDE as a desktop platform?

Some, depends on the government. Unfortunately it's not all about the quality of the product. Other desktops are more implemented so we have still a long way to go.

What is your favourite widget style?

Plastik, I also like Baghira.

Which text editor do you use? Why?

KWrite perhaps, I find it simple and powerful. But I'm no expert on this so...

Which distribution do you use? Why?

SUSE, on my laptop because it detected all of my crappy laptop hardware, and because it's a great distribution. Mandrake/Mandriva because of one word ... URPMI! It's great! Mandriva was so kind to offer me an one year VIP membership to the Mandrake club for the work I did on the OO.o icons.

What is KDE's killer app? Why?

Konqueror, well Konqueror is so good at everything it does. It is a great application.

What does your desktop look like?

(click on image)

What type is your laptop/desktop? What is it named?

Well I have an AMD 2600 desktop with a Nvidia Fx5200, and a Gericom laptop. AMD also.

If you were a KDE app, which one would you be? Why?

SuperKaramba, because we realy don't need it, but it makes our KDE look good.

If you were shipwrecked and had to share an island with a KDE contributor who would it be?

who would it be? Mummm, must start to teach C++ to my girlfriend

What users do you have in mind when you're developing for KDE?

Normal people, I think KDE is for everyone.

What do you consider your best KDE contribution?

I'm very proud of the Plasma logo.

What is your most embarrassing KDE moment?

Don't think I have one, yet.

If we were to start a TV campaign could you think of a nice slogan for KDE?

KDE. Be free. Have fun. Work, play and enjoy.

Are you coming to akademy 2005 this year?

Of course, one of my best friends lives in Granada near Malaga. So I wouldn't want to miss it for the world.

Personal Questions

First things first. Are you married/do you have a partner? Or are you up for adoption?

Well I have plans to marry in the near future.

If you have a partner or children, how do they copes with a KDE addict?

She likes my work, she uses Linux.

Do you have pets? Names?

Yes 2 pets. A little dog named Godofredo, and another one named Lisa.



If someone visits your country, which spot is a must-be?

Douro region which is the oldest wine regions in the world.

Which book is on your bedside table?

None at the moment, I go to bed too tired.

Who or what in your life would you say influenced you most?

My girlfriend.

How would you describe yourself?

A normal semi intelligent guy, with some little artwork skills, that loves to talk, who is passionate about his work, and wants to change the world a little bit for the better.

What do you get passionate about?

Good projects, my soccer club FCPorto, eating well and dreaming.

You're stuck on a train for 6 hours and are bored out of your skull. What do you do to amuse yourself?

Start to dream about some stuff that I am working at the moment.

Which T.V. show world would you fit right into?

Star Trek.

What is your favourite t-shirt?

A simple white one. I also will like my Plasma t-shirt that I'm going to order soon.

Among your friends, what are you best known for?

Being a pain.

What is your favourite place in the world?

Now it's my new flat.

What's your favourite web site at the moment?

What's your signature at the moment?