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Matthias Ettrich at LinuxTag, 23 May 2005
Matthias Ettrich (born 14 June 1972 in Bietigheim-Bissingen, southern Germany) is a computer
scientist known for his contributions to the KDE and LyX
Matthias went to School in Beilstein, as he lived with his
parents in Oberstenfeld, not too far away from the place he was
born. He passed the Abitur in
Ettrich studied for his MSc in Computer Science at the Wilhelm
Schickard Institute for Computer Science at the Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen.
He currently resides in Berlin, Germany. He
works for Qt Software on the Qt graphical widget toolkit and the Qt Creator IDE.
Ettrich founded and furthered the LyX project in 1995, initially conceived as a
university term project. LyX is a graphical frontend to LaTeX.
Since LyX's main target platform was Linux, he started to explore different ways to
improve the graphical user interface,
which ultimately led him to the KDE
project. Ettrich founded KDE in 1996, when he proposed on Usenet a "consistent, nice
looking free desktop-environment" [sic] for Unix-like systems using Qt
as its widget toolkit.
On 6 Nov 2009, Ettrich was decorated with the Federal Cross of Merit for his
contributions to Free Software.