today's my first day back home, having arrived last night. i missed a week of weather highlighted by -40C days, which is nice. it's "only" -10C right now, and having mostly caught up with email i thought i'd actually blog quickly before taking care of some more work items.
earlier this week the kde e.v. board had a two day meeting in darmstadt, germany. we met at the offices of eva's company, baysyscom, and got a ton done. we actually covered the entire agenda we set out and managed to meet with kenny, the lead organizer for next year's akademy, and the wikipedia germany staffers at their office in frankfurt. a report is forthcoming.
i unfortunately missed the marketing meeting (which i understand was a great success) that happened on the weekend immediately before that as i was still in india wrapping up foss.in. i'll blog about that trip later in a separate entry, but for now i'll just say that there's a number of people working on some very exciting projects related to free software. there seems to be some need for networking and motivational aides, however.
while i was away i got sent a link to a rather interesting, if tin-foil-hat-ish, blog entry which purports that my recent blog entry about positioning "kde" as an umbrella brand is actually an elaborate plot by trolltech to which i am a puppet. you can read it here for youself if you wish. aside from repeatedly misspelling my last name ;) the writer has made what seems to be a common, and incorrect, set of assumptions about my engagement with trolltech. i am not told what to do by them and am given a pretty completely free hand and i have only a modicum of additional insight into what trolltech is doing than other outsiders do. my primary interest is and always will remain kde. any other theory as to where my thoughts are is rubbish.
i did get a nice chuckle out of his claim that my blog entry was obviously "prepared": i mean, it's nice that my ramblings come out as cogent and coherent bits of text. but that's only because i tend to think about these things a bit (ok, quite a bit) before opening my yap. my blog is not a press release channel or an otherwise coordinated event. it's a place for my randomness to undulate.
one interesting thing in the entry is that the fellow seems to think we're moving most applications out of kde itself. which is not the case, at least not at this point. we still intend on providing a fully functional desktop and not just a desktop shell. we may well end up branding and promoting the pieces more effectively individually however. but these are two very different topics (packaging and public relations).
in completely unrelatedness, i don't know if i mentioned it before, but for the spanish speaking/reading group out there i was introduced to the essentia libre e-mag put out by a columbian group of free software enthusiasts. the latest issue (#4) has quite a bit of nice kde material in it.