it's been an amazing week, however. the things that struck me the most was the growing visibility of teams within kde. i think we have successfully traversed the conversion from a project to a full meta-project. while in previous years we were obviously a meta project made up of many smaller efforts, this year it is very apparent where there are teams and who they are.
the developer sprints, the increase in project specific branding and merchandising and just the general maturation of each of the teams is all resulting in good things.
i've received comments from some of the people visiting who aren't from the kde community about how friendly and open the event has been; and i have to agree. it's been a hugely successful event with very useful and important discussions touching just about every part of kde happening.
there's also been a lot of hacking with things like the infamous krunner bug finally getting fixed (lubos is a god; and even then it took god most of the day to figure out the problem which was in the netwm code in kdelibs), lots of plasma engines and other work, amarok hackery, edu apps greatness ... the announcement of webkit in 4.4 eclipses my excitement for widgets-on-graphicscene even, and seeing zack's opengl widgets on plasma is amazing =)
it's all too big to keep track of and visualize at one time, and it's moving yet faster. we haven't hit a scalability wall yet. i think that is in part due to the amazing people we have involved and in part due to us actually thinking about these things in past years.
i'm off this afternoon for wolverhampton and lug radio live. before i leave, and finish the blog entry, i would like to share things i've learned about the city of glasgow:
- the dialect+accent applied to english here is hard for even me to understand at times
- it rains often
- there are some very pretty streets and buildings here
- scottish lochs are cold but very refreshing (i'm surprised there aren't pictures of the canadians splashing through the water on planetkde yet)
- it rains often
- the street lights follow some odd pattern i've yet to decipher
- yes, pounds sterling is the currency here *blush*
- it rains a lot
i'll miss the other kde guys and gals when i leave, but i hope to see them all again soon and before next year's akademy. our global community is amazing. i've yet to find anything quite like it anywhere else. *tears and sniffling*