so far this akademy is the best i've been to. why? the energy is terrific, the people are all quite active and the presentations have been kick ass.
we've seen examples of gapless playing of video in 10 lines of code or so, how voip stacks are coming together, hardware information handling, advanced desktop groupware data management, usability engineering process and progress, khtml status ... wow. i haven't seen this much progress in kde in a while. it's like sweeping the dirt off the remains of a bonfire to find it still blazing along.
the frameworks that are coming along are pretty mindblowing. just as kparts brought us things like 10 lines of code to a web browser, these frameworks are opening up the same kind of flexibility and power for other desktop services: media, hardware, desktop widgets and control, voip, messaging, calendaring .....
khtml is going to be killer post-unforking. between safari, nokie, omni, konqueror it looks possible to hit 10% market share for khtml. the feature wins for plugins, svg and more are extremely tantalizing as well. lots of work left on the "unmergification" but it's progressing very well (it renders pages using Qt4 nicely) and generally looks very promising both technically and strategically.
something like kde4 takes a while to get going, but it's finally starting to emerge. that said, there are a ton of items to be taken care of. i was struck during the talks as everyone listed their to-do lists and noted that they could use more developer help to make things progress faster that we ought to collate all these items on the web and start pointing people to it. something to coordinate this evening and tomorrow methinks.
the asia track was also very enlightening. we've got a great foothold in cambodia with the kde localization in that country going amazingly well as well as in india with our 10 month old regional group there. having developers from korea, india, china and cambodia here is helping us all understand the cultural issues as well as the technical. some of the work they are doing is amazing; there are terrific pools of talent and energy that we are only starting to discover when it comes to free software in these areas of the world.
and of course, one of my favourite things about being at a kde event is the massive icecream cluster that follows:
i had it to myself during some of the sessions today as everyone else was being good and paying attention ;) i configured, compiled and installed all of kdebase from scratch in somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes. nice.
i should probably blog about my keynote earlier today. but i'll save that for later. =)