I figured that if I'm doing this whole blogging thing again, I may as well keep you all up to date with what we're doing in Plasma on a regular basis. ;)
Today the initial support for wallpaper plugins went in, which means that now you can us folderview as a full screen containment ... and get a wallpaper. Yes, I can hear you all screaming in joy now. I worked up the basic design, put it to the mailing list for review and Petri Damstén claimed the task and managed to get the first fruits in today.
<spoiler>The QEdje guys and I have plans for wallpaper plugins at Akademy.</spoiler>
Jason Stubbs has poked his head up again and has fixed a bunch of things, including a rather mind-numbing bug in the system tray introduced with Qt 4.4.1. Sometimes I feel that the system tray is the $DEITY's way of laughing at us.
Marco's been plugging away at making buttons and tabbars and what not more pretty and Plasmalike; I believe the goal there is to get the weather applet well under way for 4.2.
Services are starting to pop up as well in places like the tasks DataEngine (used to build taskbars and other windowy things) and the nowplaying DataEngine. Alex Merry has been busy pointing out every bug he can find in Service, and often fixing them too, while I added the ability to associate widgets with Service operations. This allows, for instance, the play button to automagically become disabled when the nowplaying Service notices it can't play anything. Neat stuff.
This is also one of the places that the JOLIE service framework will end up plugged into.
Google Gadgets are now supported via a ScriptEngine in kdebase thanks to Dong Tiger. Unversal canvas, here we come.
And finally, we've started merging Summer of Code projects already, with two in trunk right now. In fact, I did up a little screencast showing Extenders (by Rob Scheepmaker) and Screen Saver Widgets (by Chani Armitage). Enjoy!
Update! Apparently sound is not working for some with the avi version, so here is the source ogg straight out of qt-recordmydesktop. Hopefully that works better for those experiencing issues with the avi video, though it is a little bit bigger of a file, by ~15% or so.
Now I'm off to the coffee shop for some quiet time to work on Akademy presentations.
Note: all of the above references work that will not appear until KDE 4.2 is released, slated to happen in January of 2009.