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Kdenlive Developer Jean-Baptiste Mardelle Is Missing

timothy posted about 10 months ago | from the hope-all-is-well dept.

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jones_supa writes "Kdenlive's project leader Jean-Baptiste Mardelle, who always used to let people know if he was going to be away for a couple of days, seems to have just disappeared. His last e-mail and blog post were in early July and they didn't suggest any problems. While there's many Kdenlive fans out there for the KDE-focused open-source video editor, it seems new development efforts around the project have ceased. Also the Kdenlive Git repository hasn't seen any new commits (aside from the automated l10n daemon script) since early July. There has been also people in KDE forums and Kdenlive developers' mailing list pondering about the status of the project, being left none the wiser."

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This is why (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510193)

Open source software sucks

Re:This is why (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510293)

Open source software sucks

Quite the opposite. Since it's open source, it can be forked and can continue development. With close sourced software, once development halts, for whatever reason, nobody else can work on it.

So this is actually an example why Open Source software rocks.

Re:This is why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510321)

But anyone can also disappear in a spell due to not receiving a steady income from the project.

Re:This is why (4, Insightful)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 10 months ago | (#45510365)

Which is different from closed source software, how?

Take SpaceMonger, for example. There one day, gone the next. Guy's still around, personal blog notes the disappearance, and essentially told people to just not ask. Well alright, then.

I do agree that when an open source software project goes stagnant because one or more active developers quit, it's rather indicative of the fact that just because the source is available that there is no guarantee whatsoever that somebody else will pick it up. But at least they can.

Re:This is why (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510779)

I've noted in my career that you see this happen to proprietary products (of all types). Unless the product has large well organized team and good cash flow to support it, the departure of a keep person often results in the product becoming an orphan. The hurdle of training up a new staff member is too large compared to other things the company could spend money on, and the product dies.

Re:This is why (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511829)

Different odds, numbnuts. FOSS developers are not paid for working on their project, thus are less likely to have incentives to continue working like money, sex with women, off-line friends, and a social life. All things that closed source software developers are more likely to have.

Re:This is why (1)

epyT-R (613989) | about 10 months ago | (#45511997)

So, basically OSS programmers program whenever they want, and not just to satisfy the material desires of employers, women, and the pointless treadmill of keeping up with the joneses? Sounds great to me! Hey, the source is out there, if you still need the program, it's available.. What happens when a closed source guy decides his program doesn't get him laid anymore? His site disappears and you're left searching 'oldversion.com' style sites looking for the installer...and you can pray that it'll keep working on future versions of your os.

Re:This is why (1)

MightyMartian (840721) | about 10 months ago | (#45510601)

Becaus closed source products never cease development and no one using closed source software has ever found it abandoned.

Re:This is why (4, Informative)

KlomDark (6370) | about 10 months ago | (#45511203)

Oh, so like WinAmp? Gone after Dec 20, 2013.

// I'm one of the weirdos who still think it's the best and am gonna miss it. Just bought WinAmp for Android less than two months ago.

Re:This is why (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512205)

Oh, so like WinAmp? Gone after Dec 20, 2013.

// I'm one of the weirdos who still think it's the best and am gonna miss it. Just bought WinAmp for Android less than two months ago.

no you're not - i use it in linux all the time - only for the usable ui and proper .mod support

Re:This is why (2)

Eskarel (565631) | about 10 months ago | (#45512697)

That's more of an indictment of Linux media players rather than a complement of Winamp.

Re:This is why (4, Interesting)

theshowmecanuck (703852) | about 10 months ago | (#45511175)

Closed source software development will stop when it doesn't make money. It might be because the software is no longer relevant or because it sucks, but always because it is not making any more money for the developer(s). Open source projects can continue on if they suck or if they don't. There is no filter in that regard. The need to make money effectively weeds out undeserving projects and ensures there isn't a glut of half assed copycats. That is, there are a fewer number of properly QA'd more fully featured offerings for any given piece of software. And if closed source projects are good, they generally make money so they continue until they don't. Sure there are some decent open source programs. But for a workstation or laptop, I buy closed source apps and don't mind paying for them. For servers, open source seems to be at least as good as closed source. But it easier to make money selling support contracts for servers (like database servers or JEE containers) than for individual programs. So it still comes down to money.

Re:This is why (3, Interesting)

epyT-R (613989) | about 10 months ago | (#45512071)

The filter for OSS is lack of interest. When no one is interested in the capabilities, it is abandoned.

The filter for closed is lack of sustained monetization, whether the software is still useful to users or not is irrelevant. Many times older versions with fewer use restrictions end up being 'good enough', and kill off the 'business model' the developer wants to use/change to, so the whole program is abandoned. SaaS is a perfect example of this progression. Today's feature is tomorrow's monetization killer and is removed. What the user actually wants becomes more and more irrelevant as it finds its way to bottom denominator hell.

Plenty of OSS are abandoned today (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512305)

The 1st place where you will find thousands of fully abandoned projects is Google Source. Most projects in Google Source are nothing more than a school/college project that is abandoned by the end of the semester. Most never even achieve beta quality.

Sad to say, but place #2 is SourceForge, Projects there may live a little longer, but most projects in SourceForge today have being abandoned for years.

I'm guessing that it would eventually be the same for GitHub.

Re:Plenty of OSS are abandoned today (5, Interesting)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 10 months ago | (#45512599)

Yes, the difference between Open Source and closed source is that often the Open Source project gets visible before it gets finished, therefore you see the projects that failed early on. OTOH closed source is usually not released before the developer considers it ready for use, therefore you'll never get to see most failed close source projects.

Re:Plenty of OSS are abandoned today (2, Interesting)

DMJC (682799) | about 10 months ago | (#45512739)

However, the difference is with open source, you CAN fork it and keep working on it. Take mg2modeller for example (on sourceforge) It's my project. I originally wanted to make a Caligari Truespace clone (funnily enough Microsoft bought out Caligari and killed Truespace) so I could model on Linux. The project is basically dead, except I still update the code every now and then when I can be bothered to sit down and code (ADHD, and lacking the ability to hyperfocus or be motivated can be a real bitch most of the time.) The project was originally a dead project I pulled from some other guy's website. I cleaned up his code, modernised it, and got it working. Now it's halfway to being a decent poly modeller with an intuitive UI. More intuitive at least than the mess of UI that is other programs. 3D modelling is one of those things that's insanely individualised. You can't just tell someone to use Blender or Maya and have them change their entire workflow. It just won't happen. I know because I've tried. Caligari Truespace is still the only modeller I choose to use. It's what I know and it's what I want to know. Hopefully some other person can take my code changes and build on them. That would make me very happy especially if they could actually finish the project. Closed source can't do any of this. It will always be inferior software because of this.

Hate to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510195)

But it sounds like he's dead. I mean, no one just gives up on an open source project.

Re:Hate to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510253)

Hans Reiser and now Jean-Baptiste Mardelle ... Just curious - when commercial developers writing closed-source software have something major happen in their personal lives, does turn into a Slashdot story? Can anyone provide a link?

Re:Hate to say it... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510423)

Why would it? The rest of the team would just pick up the software and carry on. Maybe hire a new guy to finish (or rewrite) whatever module the deceased was working on. We've had two people die in the year and a half since I started this job, we still release and bugfix.

That's the problem with a lot of Open Source software revolving around the cult of genius. Brilliant coders, but project management skills of a third grader, and often, the software is tied to the personal life of a single person. Witness Slackware's release problems a few years ago when Patrick got sick, CentOS around 6.0, WindowMaker, enlightenment, KDE's backward progress since Aaron Seigo took over, the list goes on.

Better examples of OSS longevity seem to involve meritocracies...FreeBSD and Fedora have had their share of tragedies and personal problems, but still lead the way in bringing change to their respective communities (Fedora _dominates_ Linux-development while FreeBSD is the testbed for new Apple technologies before they roll mainstream).

Re:Hate to say it... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510653)

We've had two people die in the year and a half since I started this job, we still release and bugfix.

And you're still there?! Get out while you have a chance!

Re:Hate to say it... (4, Funny)

jtownatpunk.net (245670) | about 10 months ago | (#45511037)

What are you talking about? He's discovered the holy grail. What do you do with a bad developer? Kill him and the company will hire a replacement. Brilliant.

Re:Hate to say it... (2)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 10 months ago | (#45512605)

The rest of the team would just pick up the software and carry on.

There may not be "the rest of the team". You are confusing "closed source" with "company-developed".

Steve Jobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510651)

Hans Reiser and now Jean-Baptiste Mardelle ... Just curious - when commercial developers writing closed-source software have something major happen in their personal lives, does turn into a Slashdot story? Can anyone provide a link?

no link

Re:Steve Jobs (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510887)

no link

link. [slashdot.org]

Re:Hate to say it... (1)

KlomDark (6370) | about 10 months ago | (#45511219)

Shit, look at what happened to the internet since Jon Postel was assassinated... :(

Re:Hate to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511835)

https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc2468 Those cardiac surgeons got him good, eh?

Re:Hate to say it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510451)

Or he was in a near-fatal car accident which is taking months to recover from, or suffering from a very serious medical condition like stage four pancreatic cancer, or he's been institutionalized in a mental hospital, or been incarcerated for criminal activity, or won a multi-million dollar lottery and living large in south of France, or Mark Shuttleworth sent him a nastygram which distressed him so much (like the little KDE whiner, Martin Grasslin) he quit developing altogether and became a men's hair stylist. There's lot's of reasons besides one's own death that lead developers to stop working on their open source projects.

My theory (4, Funny)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 10 months ago | (#45510207)

He's been kidnapped by a Gnome

Re:My theory (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510229)

FACT: of all interracial crimes over 90% were committed by a black person against a white victim.

But you can keep blaming white racism if it helps you avoid changing your views to fit the facts. Your religion should build a church though. You can get tax free status too!

Re:My theory (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510285)

It somehow seems appropriate that a troll would respond to a post about a gnome.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510291)

Huh?

That's because crime against blacks goes unpunished.

Re: My theory (-1, Troll)

Stumbles (602007) | about 10 months ago | (#45510387)

Agreed. Obama has committed to many crimes and not been punished.

Re: My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510467)

Agreed. Obama has committed to many crimes and not been punished.

After they hang Bush and Cheney for their war crimes first.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

Bing Tsher E (943915) | about 10 months ago | (#45511565)

Why not all at once? In fact, why not start with the one who still has the power to do great damage, and then 'clean up' with those who have done said great damage in the past?

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

AK Marc (707885) | about 10 months ago | (#45512749)

Yes, only we need to invent a time machine to get the worst ones before they do it. Waiting until the "other team" is in power then calling for a clean up demonstrates hypocracy.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

Hognoxious (631665) | about 10 months ago | (#45512795)

Prefix hypo~ usually means low or less, as in hypochlorite (less oxygen than chlorite) or hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Suffix ~cracy refers to rule or government, as in theocracy (rule by the religious).

So are you talking about libertarianism here?

Re: My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510803)

Education cuts not being one of them, thankfully... it's TOO many, not to many.

Re: My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511769)

Unless the poster meant committed to a large number of crimes. /s - or is it?

Re: My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511055)

Agreed. Obama has committed to many crimes and not been punished.

Exactly. Just like how he kidnapped Jean-Baptiste Mardelle and is holding the Kdenlive project hostage because... um... because...

Say, just what in every conceivable hell does Obama have to do with the topic at hand?

*sigh* Another stupid poster, trying to hijack threads to blame Obama for something. Thanks, Obama.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

amiga3D (567632) | about 10 months ago | (#45511349)

I don't get this stupid Obama stuff. People act like he's the anti-christ or something and try to blame everything on him. I keep telling people that whine about him all the time to cheer up, it could be worse. If anything happens to him Joe Biden will be prez and then you'll fucking wish Obama was back. It's funny as hell when you see them get it. It can always be worse.

Re: My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511503)

A lot of people just heard anti-Bush sentiments and thought "well, if they can bitch, so can we!", even if they fail to realize that those people were complaining about sending the USA off to WAR, while they're complaining about Obama's crimes so far have been: being black, trying to give everyone health care, and presumably NOT sending the USA off to war over the Benghazi attacks or something. In other words, it's all an attempt to find some minor infraction (like a blowjob) to get Obama out of office.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

amiga3D (567632) | about 10 months ago | (#45511645)

Oh I'm not praising President Obama. I don't like most of his choices but I try to keep things in perspective. The hysteria I hear makes it sound like he's the basis for everything wrong with this country. People loose their minds over this stuff. Hell, compared to Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden the man looks like a moderate.

Re: My theory (-1, Offtopic)

maxwell demon (590494) | about 10 months ago | (#45512625)

Well, when Obama came, he was treated as if he were the Messiah. Well, he turned out to be just a naughty guy. So what to do with your strong emotional investment? Well, turn it into its opposite: Now Obama clearly is the fallen angel, also known as devil. For the simple reason that he's not the Messiah.

Re:My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510821)

Fact. 90% of the crimes will not be reported unless the crime is interracial; either black on white or white on black. Nothing liike a cute blond girl getting killed by a black man to increase media profits. The media loves inciting racial mailaise. That is why the faggots on Fox and CNN are not better that drug dealers hooking twelve year olds on crack so they can be pimped out at a truck stop. If you want to listen to the news listen to PBS on TV not the radio. Radio NPR is worse that CNN. Seriously it is a news program where there are no flashing lights and laser beams flying all over the screen telling you that they are on the tip of the spear in journalistic excellence while doing in depth investigative reporting on Mylie Cyrus's underwear.

There are good andf bad people both black and white. The greatest thing in the world for the media would be for me to carve a swastica on my head and go out and kill black people. The stock holders would love this and the CNN would make soooo much money. Turn off the T.V. Believe nothing of what you hear and only half of what you see. Protect you neighborhood.

Trevon Marting may have been an asshole, but he did the right thing. He protected his neighborhood from thugs. Sometimes it takes a thug to defeat a thug. It has nothing to do with white and black. The only thing evil has to do is for good people to lay down their arms. The court / police system have a vested interest in keeping crime going. Without cops the price of drugs would plummet. Whithout gang-stars. There would be no war on drugs and police would not be getting all the cool gear and high salaries (relativly) that they get. Gang-stars and law enforcement working together to ensure that your kids are addicts and that you pay all your traffic tickets. This race issue is sooo old. Get over it. Today calling someone white, or whitey has a greater negativity that calling someone a nigger. However the media makes tons of profits from it so it probably will never go away. There done. Next time someone brings up race they should be loudly ridiculed.

Re:My theory (-1, Offtopic)

KlomDark (6370) | about 10 months ago | (#45511233)

Trevon Martin protected his neighborhood from thugs? With Skittles?

Re:My theory (-1, Offtopic)

amiga3D (567632) | about 10 months ago | (#45511361)

Really man, just say no to drugs.

Re:My theory (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512061)

It's a well-known fact that over 100% of crimes were committed by a black person, and that at least 200% of all victims are white.

Can we pay the ransom? (2)

Okian Warrior (537106) | about 10 months ago | (#45510267)

Perhaps we can assemble and offer a large pile of underwear [youtube.com] as ransom?

Will the gnomes return him unharmed, or is that a different business model [dilbert.com] ?

Re:My theory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510539)

Has anybody asked Hans Reiser?

Re:My theory (1)

Lost Penguin (636359) | about 10 months ago | (#45511417)

Exactly, I suspect this site (www.travelocity.com/) has sent him somewhere.

Reasons (2)

war4peace (1628283) | about 10 months ago | (#45510223)

Death;
Family tragedy of some sort; ...Can't think of anything else which would mandate sudden interruptions of this kind. I mean, even if you wake up one day and just say "screw this, not doing it anymore", at least you should leave a message out of respect for your own work, if not the user base.

Re:Reasons (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510395)

That's assuming the user base had any respect for him.

People who develop open-source software in my experience have to learn to deal with being routinely harrangued, insulted, threats of death, all because...say, you decided to go with GPLv3 instead of the BSD license.

I can imagine it being pretty easy to walk away from all of it if that were the case, if you pour your heart into something and it goes entirely unappreciated you don't have much reason to continue. Unfortunately, until someone hears from him or someone else takes over, kdenlive is at a standstill.

Re:Reasons (2)

war4peace (1628283) | about 10 months ago | (#45511047)

It's not about the user base respecting you, it's about you respecting your own work.
I ventured to assume that since he was coding voluntarily, this would have been a passion-project. you don't just drop it without warning, really.

Re:Reasons (3, Insightful)

Eskarel (565631) | about 10 months ago | (#45512707)

The fact that it's a passion-project would be precisely why you'd drop it without warning. Imagine you were working on a product for money and the money dried up, you'd stop developing. The same thing happens to a passion project when the passion dries up.

On top of that, if it's like anything I've ever lost passion for it's usually a case of not logging in for a day, and then a couple of days, and then weeks, and by the time you've accepted that you're actually not ever going to log in again it seems pretty pointless to go and tell people "hey guys I'm gone", especially if you're user base are jerks.

Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (1)

Ashenkase (2008188) | about 10 months ago | (#45510495)

Can't think of anything else which would mandate sudden interruptions of this kind

I can, maybe he had a kid. Kids tend to put things in perspective. If he had a 9-5 then time really got tight for "Open Source" initiatives, namely diapers, sleepless nights and spending quality time with family.

Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510897)

I can, maybe he had a kid.

He already mentioned a family tragedy

Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (1)

war4peace (1628283) | about 10 months ago | (#45511045)

Having a kid doesn't stop you from posting a message saying "not gonna do this anymore".
Also kids don't happen suddenly. You got nine months to prepare.

Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (5, Interesting)

edremy (36408) | about 10 months ago | (#45511679)

Depends. For us, it was a zero warning phone call telling us to come pick up our son at the hospital. For #2, we were on vacation and got "How fast can you get to Norfolk?"

/Adoption can be amusing...

Re:Reasons - He probably had a kid (1)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 10 months ago | (#45511371)

Really? People without kids don't have perspective? I think you may have meant something more like, "people who have kids have less time to do things they want to, in addition to the things they have to."

Re:Reasons (1)

aNonnyMouseCowered (2693969) | about 10 months ago | (#45511285)

Yes, let's wait. Far too many possible causes. If it's a personal matter, then leave him be. It's not as if he was getting seriously paid for his work?

If it's just a "simple" case of mid-career "fuck this, I'm going to change my life", then it's just time for the rest of us to also move on or fork the project, if you're technically capable. I mean, the main developer of Bitcoin also disappeared, and Bitcoin is now thousands of times more viral than when he was the alpha developer.

On the other hand, whatever happened to Reiser FS?

Re:Reasons (1)

ciotog (1098035) | about 10 months ago | (#45511841)

I used ReiserFS. It sucked.

Maybe he just got a paying job (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512329)

And he has no time to work on the pet project anymore ....
or he sold the IP to a private company who change the license ...
or simply got fed up with people asking him to do all the work for free ...

maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510227)

His name doesn't sound muslim but perhaps he was a communist or something.

Re:maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510277)

The CIA does not torture.

Re:maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510299)

Oh, yeah, that's true, the CIA just hands the kidnapee over to the Syrian government who then does the torture for them.

Re:maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (0, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510357)

Thanks for the informative inside leak AC!

Re: maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (-1, Offtopic)

MickLinux (579158) | about 10 months ago | (#45510925)

Yes, and waterboarding a personeto death has been declared to be not torture.

The reason to not torture is to not be subject to war crimes trials, as per the Geneva convention. Of course, if you are working for the world's leading superpower, youemay consider that those laws have no force.

And they don't, until your country gets into one too many wars, and loses a war on its own soil.

At that point, all those laws become applicable. Generally speaking, the really bigwigs will be hung. The upper eschelon below them will escape to other criminal run nations. The lower war-criminal grunts will be left holding the bag, and also will be hung. Occasionally, the lower grunts catch the escaping upper escelon, and kill them, themselves. It's kindof a game of rats on a sinking ship.

Re: maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (0)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 10 months ago | (#45511405)

Yes, and waterboarding a personeto death has been declared to be not torture.

The reason to not torture is to not be subject to war crimes trials, as per the Geneva convention. Of course, if you are working for the world's leading superpower, youemay consider that those laws have no force.

Uh, hold on, Ringo. Waterboarding certainly is torture, but I don't know of any deaths related to the use of it by the U.S. Do you have a citation on that? President Obama has also forbidden its use going forward.

And the main reason not to torture is not to avoid being prosecuted, but to avoid having ones own personnel tortured when they are captured.

Re: maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (0)

Zirbert (1936162) | about 10 months ago | (#45511933)

the main reason not to torture is not to avoid being prosecuted, but to avoid having ones own personnel tortured when they are captured.

Seriously?

Those who are going to indiscriminately torture, behead prisoners, drag the bodies of enemy soliders through the streets and post the videos online, etc., could not possibly care less what their opponents do or don't do.

The main reasons not to torture, in order, are:

1. It's morally wrong.

2. It's usually tactically ineffective. You can't trust the vast majority of torture-obtained info to be accurate, and there's no way to tell whether you lucked out and got a reliable sliver of info.

Re: maybe he's in a secret CIA torture prison... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511957)

And we would know about waterboarding deaths because this is an open and transparent administration?

How about post-waterboarding deaths, to remove any need for a trial that could expose state secrets and let someone walk out and become a witness?

TRON !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510243)

He is trapped in KDE !! He was !! Now he has Olivia Wilde !!

Re:TRON !! (1)

Hamsterdan (815291) | about 10 months ago | (#45510391)

Pretty good reason to stay there

Re:TRON !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510709)

Pretty good reason to stay there

Depends.

If he was the one that knock her up, then yes, sure, stay.
But if it was someone else, it's just a little bit weird.

Re:TRON !! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511325)

I thought I saw she was lesbian. Is Norm Crosby the father? He does lesbians, right?

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Still involved on September 16 (5, Interesting)

Camembert (2891457) | about 10 months ago | (#45510351)

I did a quick google and found that he posted on September 16: http://lists.kde.org/?a=120532466800019&r=1&w=2 [kde.org] So let us hope that the man returns. On a bigger topic, this is the kind of software that would really benefit from having far more contributors. I am not a programmer but I'd think that working on a video editor is rather cool.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1, Offtopic)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 10 months ago | (#45510485)

On a bigger topic, this is the kind of software that would really benefit from having far more contributors.

There's dozens of open source video editors out there. For some reason the open source community values the quantity of choices over the quality of any one of them.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (-1)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 10 months ago | (#45510667)

Which one do you contribute to?

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510759)

MrEricSir 0.1. It's still buggy, we are migrating from GTK3 to Qt but feel free to download and give it a try.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1)

DRJlaw (946416) | about 10 months ago | (#45510965)

Which one do you contribute to?

(@Zero_Kelvin)

"[P]erchance I may think myself so much better than I am, as that they who are about me, and see my state, may have caused it to toll for me, and I know not that."

Re:Still involved on September 16 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511091)

Which one do you contribute to? Never mind, I don't give a fuck if you do or not. Don't act like a smarmy prick just because someone speaks the truth.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (4, Insightful)

DexterIsADog (2954149) | about 10 months ago | (#45511435)

That's the precise reasoning - you cannot make an observation containing the slightest criticism of something unless you yourself participate in that activity.

That's why aficionados of basketball who don't play in the NBA scrupulously avoid any implicit criticism of players, coaches, officials, or owners when they discuss the sport.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511559)

Oh you sure as hell can. People do it all the time.

The open source community is full of 'if you don't like that, make a better one yourself!' people, as if anyone who uses free software must be a programmer. A programmer who doesn't really want anyone else to use their software in the fear that they may get input from other people on it.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1, Informative)

epyT-R (613989) | about 10 months ago | (#45512179)

Why not? Direct experience isn't the only means of gathering information.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1)

DuranDuran (252246) | about 10 months ago | (#45512233)

Your claim is provably wrong in just a few minutes' worth of Googling. I would say that *most* basketball aficionados explicitly criticize players and others when they discuss the sport. Same with most other sports. What planet are you on?

In any case, doesn't your claim mean that you yourself cannot criticize the original poster? After all, to do so would mean that you yourself must participate in that activity also.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (3, Funny)

chromas (1085949) | about 10 months ago | (#45512473)

I'm pretty sure he was being sardonic.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512563)

Swish! ..errr, I mean, woosh!

Re:Still involved on September 16 (1)

MrEricSir (398214) | about 10 months ago | (#45511847)

While you could probably figure this out yourself by Googling my username instead of making a needlessly snarky comment, a company I previously worked for started yet another open source video editor, but eventually gave up due to the stability of the open source libraries it relied on.

Re:Still involved on September 16 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511147)

As opposed to app appers who prefer apping millions of apps that do nothing instead of actual programs that do actual things.

Live by the media, die by the media. (3, Funny)

VortexCortex (1117377) | about 10 months ago | (#45510393)

Given the nature of the Kdenlive software itself, video editing, I think it would be foolish to rule out a mafiAA hit.

Re:Live by the media, die by the media. (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511301)

Given the nature of the Kdenlive software itself, video editing, I think it would be foolish to rule out a mafiAA hit.

Kdenlive is not a threat to anybody - the author probably just tried to import a media file and crashed. People are only surprised by the lack of a backtrace.

Re:Live by the media, die by the media. (2)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 10 months ago | (#45511359)

I sure hope this story gets the legs McAfee's Belizean Adventures had for its' interminable 15 minutes... whether or not he was responsible for Greg's fall, his tale competed with the mighty Bitcoin in article frequency, for a minute.

GEEZ. Let's all just engage in rank speculation (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45510525)

It took me two minutes to get an address and telephone number for the guy. Maybe it's current, maybe it's not. But instead of just pointlessly speculating, maybe somebody who personally knows him from KDE events should give him a call and see how he's doing. On a side note, I can't believe this is on /. Phoronix? Yes, because its a worthless gossip rag. It's getting really old with /. taking crap articles from Phoronix and putting them on the front page.

Re:GEEZ. Let's all just engage in rank speculation (5, Insightful)

rmdingler (1955220) | about 10 months ago | (#45511431)

This is the loathesome pretentious side of /. This story, with (x)+/- readers and comments -not statistically insignificantly including you and yours- , has piqued my own good interest enough to comment a second time. That a single grandiloquent pos(t)er would not only attempt to modwhore a perceived populist highbrow view of article selection, but gain the three positive mods despite his rather less than opaque pandering, well as you can tell, leaves me speechless. It's called the "F_rehose" and may I buy you a vowel?

NSA was June, a lot of people dropped off the net (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511433)

A lot of people dropped off the Net in July, well at least they stopped posting and doing stuff until they can secure their email, and communications.

Re:GEEZ. Let's all just engage in rank speculation (1)

Gravis Zero (934156) | about 10 months ago | (#45512669)

On a side note, I can't believe this is on /. Phoronix? Yes, because its a worthless gossip rag.

Even worse, it's hidden in the root directory. Come on, who does that?!

Sounds like a Haitian name (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511275)

Has a fat white chick disappeared at the same time? He might have eloped.

Re:Sounds like a Haitian name (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512151)

Why is this a troll? Fat white chicks need love too!

I still don't know (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45511533)

what 'kdenlive' is.

Re:I still don't know (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 months ago | (#45512731)

Then read the summary.

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