the userconf and devconf schedules for akademy look rather interesting to say the least. should be a great four days of sharing.
it looks like i'm going to be in columbus, ohio at the beginning of october for the ohio linux fest and i'd like to set up a kde booth. i'll be speaking during the event and really don't feel like lugging too much crap with me. i will be bringing a kde banner and my laptop (though i'll need that for my presentation(s)), but we will need a couple more machines running kde 3.4 or better and a body or three to help run the booth during the day. so if you live in the area and are a kde fan interested in helping out with this, please drop me an email (aseigo at kde dot org).
in other news ... kat, which is a file system indexer and search tool, will be appearing in the next mandriva release as the featured search tool. the kat team will also be joining up with the tenor team to make the contextual linkage engine (CLE) project come to life. this is great as kat has a couple of brilliant and dedicated developers who find search interesting. one of them even claims to have an ego that eclipses my own. we'll see about that. ;)
in my digging through the innards of kat this week, and various bits of relevant kde technology like kfilemetainfo, it became apparent that while there are rough edges to kat it is evolving into a nice file system indexer and full text searcher. these are are two of the key ingredients needed for a desktop CLE. the kat team is currently reworking the scheduler and various other bits of the system, and i'm doing my best to convince them to look seriously at building on top of clucene for the full text side of things. then we just need to finish up the application facing APIs, provide the linkage data store (which is now on revision 4) that compliments the content store (aka "full text index", but also includes things like thumbnails) and mush the whole thing together into a coherent system.
obviously what with plasma, kicker for 3.5, speaking engagements and what not i've got just so much time for this ;) thankfully we've got scott (wheels) and the kat people around to do a lot of the heavy lifting. so if you were wondering why there was so little plasma movement from me this week, now you know.