since plasma keeps getting attention despite it's youthful state of being, we've had a fairly consistent inflow of developers appearing on the plasma-devel at kde dot org email list looking to pitch in. it's gotten to the point where there are more hands than really needed.
this obviously shows that there are a lot of interested hackers out there. half the challenge in attracting them is offering something that is, well, attractive. too often we talk to the users only in our public messages, and too often we speak of things in overly complex and unsexy terms. most of software development is complex and unsexy, but there's also something very alluring about it. otherwise most of us wouldn't be here. it's the things that reel us in that we need to communicate.
meanwhile, i'm going to start trying to pawn off these new comers to other parts of kde. the hard part is that many of these people wish to work on kde4 stuff. this is just one more reason to get your apps ported sooner rather than later. as we begin to tell the story of kde4 development to the word, something i expect to start in earnest at aKademy, we will likely find an influx of new developer blood. let's be sure we tell the right story and that we have a home for these new people.
<sound of gears shifting> i was in a brief meeting today with a graphic artist who seems to specialize in art for software. he, like many of our artists in kde, is half-geek / half-artwizard. near the end of the conversation, in which we discussed various bits about kde, he burbled that he loved kde and saw so much potential in it. "the first time i logged into kde, i fell in love," he said, "it's the best desktop i've seen." given that "loves kde, has knowledge of linux" wasn't in the description of the individual we were looking for, this caught me slightly off guard. happily off guard, though. =) it's amazing how many kde users there are in this town these days.