Reginald Stadlbauer

A Short Intro

  • Located in: Oslo, Norway
  • Occupation: Software Developer
  • Nickname on IRC: reggie
  • Claim to Fame: KOffice, Qt developer
  • Fav. KDE applications: KMail, Konqueror, Kasbar (unfortunately it doesn't exist anymore)
  • Hardware: Dual PIII 600, 128Mb

The Interview

What is your role within KDE?

When I came to KDE I started working on KOffice, mainly by writing KPresenter. Later I started as my second project to develop KWord. Now that I work for Trolltech I'm a bit involved into the kdelibs as well and also try to help with Qt questions as much as possible on the mailinglists, and to implement in Qt what we need for KDE and can't be done in KDE.

How and when did you get involved in KDE?

I got involved after I read an article about KDE written by Kalle in the CT (big german computer magazine) shortly after I installed Linux the first time in summer 1997. I was not happy at all with the windowmanagers available an as I did some GUI programming before already (I even wrote a GUI toolkit on ATARI GEM in Pascal :-), I started learning C++ with Qt and KDE. After a while I wanted to write a file dialog for KDE, but the response from the mailinglists was that such a thing is not needed :-) So I searched for another project to do, and decided to start a presentation program. I posted to the kde lists, that I'll write a powerpoint clone. As I was new to C++ and Qt/KDE, nobody took me serious (as some people told me later :-) But after some time I had something which was awfull code but worked somehow. So I got a CVS account (although coolo was not sure at that time if this is good idea, as he told me later :-) and got more and more involved into KOffice and KDE.

How much time do you spend on KDE?

I used to spend a lot of time on KDE while developing KPresenter and KWord. Unfortunately the last half year I had nearly no time for it, so I'm always happy about KDE hacking session like we had recently in Trysil and now in Erlangen. I really hope to find more time for KDE in the future again, though.

What is your favorite tool? (for developers; what is your favorite editor?)

As editor, XEmacs, although it is far from perfect compared to other editors. But I just got used to it, so I use it. Also I really think that KMail is the best mail client on Linux, and I really enjoy using it.

Is there a process you follow when you code?

Not really - basically implementing something, talking about it with other people, rewriting, talking, etc, etc.

What was your first computer?


Which program would you say every KDE user should have?

I don't know, KMail is really cool and usful.

Where do you see yourself and KDE 5 years from now?

I don't know. If I look back and see what happend in the last 1-2 years, there is so much which can happen so nobody can answer that.

Are you being paid to work for KDE and if yes by who?

I work at Trolltech AS and I can do as much KDE work as I want.

Personal Questions

Where and when were you born?

22. April 1979 in Graz, Austria.

Which University/School did you go to?

After school I started studying Telematics at the Erzherzog Johann University in Graz, but didn't finish my studies.

What's your status, are you single and up for adoption?


Do you have pets?

I had cats in Austria, but unfortunately I don't have any here in Oslo.

What is your favorite food?

Everything which contains meat :-))

What is your favorite vacation spot?

Some nice place home in Austria, where the food is good.

What do you like to do in your sparetime?

Playing stupid games on my playstation and drinking beer with friends (although this can get really expensive here up in the north :-)

What was the last movie you have seen?

I think it was High Fidelity.

What was the last fiction book that your have read?

If it counts, "Babarians led by Bill Gates"

What songs do you sing in the shower?

None, as it is hard to sing Techno :-)

You are having a BBQ in your backyard and you're allowed to invite 3 famous people who would you invite and why?

Sandra Bullock, as I like her as actress. The leader of my favorite music band unfortunately isn't alive anymore, so I couldn't invite him. And as third person Agatha Christie.

Is your best friend (no family) a real person or an on-line one?

A real person, but I know nearly all people with which I communicate online in person as well.

Did you ever met a fellow KDE'r in person, when and where?

Yes, at various Linux Congresses/Tradeshows.

Name your favorite quote/saying.

"Was Du heute kannst besorgen, das verschiebe nicht auf morgen" - something like, what you could do today, do it today and don't postpone it until tomorrow.