The "problem" with being at Akademy is that my already busy schedule gets absolutely saturated and I have virtually no time left over for the fun things in life like blogging. ;)
I did want to check in briefly, however, here on day three. It's mobile/embedded day today and over 100 Nokia N810 devices have been given to KDE developers in attendance who will be working on software for it. Expect to see great things happen in the small form factor space with regards to KDE in the months and years to come, as this is really just the beginning.
Later this afternoon I'm on the panel discussion where the topic is "Driving innovation with Open Desktop Technologies". The panel members went for a pre-panel coordination lunch which ended up lasting over two hours; hopefully a lot of the things we discussed over lunch come out during the panel session.
Yesterday was the ever fun KDE e.V. general assembly where we went over the operations and finances of the society as well as re-tooling our online voting system, adopting a legal instrument that will allow developers to assign their copyrights to KDE e.V. should they wish to (aka "the Fiduciary License Agreement", aka "the FLA") which we put together in coordination with the legal eagles at the FSFE and endorsing a Code of Conduct as well as a community working group that is working to ensure that the community has the infrastructure in place to support the Code of Conduct.
This in turn was preceded by two days of awesome presentations by Free software developers. While most were KDE contributors, there were also GNOME, Mozilla, OpenStreetmap and other developers. The Big Take Away(tm) for me from the presentations was how the Pillars of KDE frameworks are finally emerging from the basement and making appearances in both applications and other frameworks. Seeing the work being done to hook up Akonadi with Nepomuk, Decibel and Plasma was just one such example. Very cool stuff.
The Plasma team did a set of lightening talks highlighting a few of the recent developments in Plasma ranging from widgets on screensaver to new widgets to scripting framework progress. Unfortunately we only had 45 minutes so could only present a small fraction of what's going on now; we probably could have gone on for hours. Well, I could have at least but then I'm the "talkative" sort (or so they tell me ;).
The Dot has great coverage of all these things, so head over if you want to know more. =)
Tomorrow is the usability track, and it's also the day that I'll be starting to actually hack on new things. There are several goals that the Plasma team has identified due to the content of presentations over the last few days and hopefully we'll hit a few of them even before we leave. I'll be sure to keep you posted in the blog here with at least daily entries until I head back to home sweet home Canada in a week's time.