the kde4 release team is organizing itself; there's a mailing list that was announced on kde-core-devel and hopefully we'll see some public direction for the rest of us to use as guidance for our efforts. this turn of events makes me happy =)
if you're a kde developer in the new york city area who'd be up for a speaking opportunity this year, email me. i've become aware of a nice venue that would welcome a presentation.
last night after i got off the phone with a friend where we discussed (well, i listened mostly as they had a number of very interesting insights to offer) strategic things that the free software desktop needed to accomplish i began to think how nice it would be to have a "brain trust" of sorts whose area of concentration was free software client side computing. we have a number of participatory groups that concentrate on tactical and implementation details but we have very little in the way of strategic thinking and highly focussed groups that aren't agenda driven. they do great things for the community, but i think we would also benefit immensely from small groups of people from upper achievement echelons around the community being able to work in affiliation and apply resources to "big picture" issues while still being involved in their respective focus projects. i think this gap is a big reason why we don't have a coherent directory service infrastructure or why media integration (think entertainment appliances, not codecs =) hardly gets much attention. they require a different sort of approach than the kind that is good at producing things like d-bus, portland, graphics advances or menu specifications ...
i'm currently reading john irving's "until i find you". i'm a huge fan of irving's early work but have grown increasingly impatient with his insistence on retelling the same stories with more words and less punch. so when i got "until i find you" for christmas i was hesitant. nearly 300 pages in and i'm still not sure. it's a clever book and there are certainly passages that elevate this effort over most of his post-owen-meany novels. i want to believe in his ability to deliver again.