Frank Karlitschek is a German open source software developer.
He was born in Reutlingen but lives in Stuttgart, Germany.
Karlitschek is a KDE contributor since 2001 when he mainly worked in web community and artist team. In summer 2009 he was elected as a board member and vice president of KDE e.V.
In 2001, Karlitschek started KDE-Look.org. At Akademy 2008, Frank presented the vision of the Social Desktop for the KDE project.
Karlitschek started and maintains the Open-PC and the Open Collaboration Services projects. He is the main developer and maintainer of openDesktop.org websites. Karlitschek is also a cohost of RadioTux the biggest German Linux Podcast.
In 2012 Karlitschek started the User Data Manifesto initiative. Karlitschek gives keynotes at conferences like LinuxCon, Latinoware, openSUSE Conf, and Akademy. In 2010 Karlitschek started the project during a CampKDE keynote and released the version 1.0 in June 2010.
He is the current project leader and maintainer. In 2011 Karlitschek co-founded Inc. to offer an enterprise version of He currently serves as the CTO and oversees the product development and community relations.