Winter is finally here. After a mild November and a very reasonable December, there is a storm on its way this weekend. It is supposed to be -30C with the wind chill here tonight, and it will reach those temperatures without the wind chill factored in over the weekend. Snow, thick and blowing, is supposed to accompany this deep freeze.
So this afternoon, P. and I will be making a stop at the grocery store on the way home from school to pick up anything we might want over the weekend. Last night P. took part in the grade one thrugh five winter festival concert, singing and dancing through a rather enjoyable 45 minutes of entertainment. Tomorrow, there will be less singing and dancing as we shutter ourselves in the house. We do have all the fixings for a ginger bread house, however, and that will help keep us busy tomorrow.
Speaking of tomorrow, I'm not going to be doing a video cast. I've now tried three different sites for doing live broadcasts, all of which use proprietary software and all of which are themselves proprietary ... and all of which have led to immense disappointments in one way or another. The sad quality and featurelessness of Web 2.0 applications reminds me just how critical it is that we keep up the good work on rich client software, particularly the F/OSS sort and with an eye to online service integration.
Franz has been working on a freej based solution that I will be able to use to do future broadcasts. This solution is 100% free software and spits out media encoded using a Free codec. Huzzah for freedom, and a round "boo" to proprietary crap. While there are some shining points of brilliance in the world of proprietary software, all too often it's just a tragedy.
This does mean I'll get to concentrate more this weekend on working in KDE's own frozen land: 4.2. Through the amazing efforts of the Plasma team, we've whittled down the reports for Plasma to, as I write this, 198. That means we're already below the target I set out for us as a goal, but that doesn't mean we are done. Not by a long shot.
There are still a couple dozen "easy" targets in that list and we have another month to work on them. Rest assured, we will. Help make our life hard by testing, finding bugs (some of the things people are shaking out are truly impressive) and then making high quality, detailed reports on bugs.kde.org.
I'm really looking forward to the end of January when we release 4.2.0, because then we can start to focus on 4.3, a development cycles that will bring us into the springtime and after that the summer with our big event in the Gran Canarias.