Linux Tag has been a great show, and I've really enjoyed it. The presentations and booths have been terrific and I managed to meet up with several projects that I haven't had enough time with recently.
The two talks I did went well, and the other KDE people's presentations were seriously great. Till's presentation on Akonadi started with the new logo splashed across the projection on the wall behind him and it's just so stunningly beautiful; a great visual for a really excellent project, which Till does a great job in representing. Sebas' talk on beautiful features in KDE4 reminded me how beautiful (and not just visually) KDE4 has become.
I also managed to switch over to the KDE4 version of Kontact this week, leaving just one other major KDE3 application I'm still using on a daily basis (konversation) and two minor ones (krandrtray and knetworkmanager). I'm hoping KDE4 replacements for all three of those will be available by the time 4.2 rolls up.
Kontact is really taking shape; there are some small oddnesses to it at the moment (such as no visual feedback on dragging as to the current drop target folder) but it works solidly in 4.1 Beta1, migrated nearly all my settings perfectly from the KDE3 version and the new painting style for events in korganizer is really rather beautiful.
Unfortunately, not all is roses. I have one more day after today in the city and then it's back to the airports for me as I trek back to Canada. I'm also dealing with a fairly unending stream of sillyness from my blog entry on desktop icons, which now has over 200 comments and has spawned a couple of really poorly informed replies in the blogosphere.
It's been a really good reminder of the importance to keep things simple in my blog so as not to confuse the heck out of people as well as how emotionally attached many people are to the desktop we are working on.
Live and learn.
While it has been tempting to just stop communicating at all about these things (people can't complain ignorantly about things they don't know about ;) that runs counter to my belief that things should be developed openly.
It has been very rewarding, however, to not only read many positive responses to that blog entry but even more so to watch people coming by the KDE booth at Linux Tag here, use the demo systems and be really happy with it.
It's also been great to meet some faces in the project that I haven't met before, as well as see some old friends I haven't seen in a while. All the same, I can't wait to be back home. I got the P-man a bunch of stickers for his laptops, as well. =)