Lots of dancing and drinking afterwards at the after parties (plural :) and when I eventually got up mid-morning I had a couple hundred emails waiting for me, way too many of which required my attention. I ended up unexpectedly in a few online meetings which altered my expected schedule significantly. Oh well, tomorrow's another day ... on which I have two more presentations to give.
In that same time, The Dot got a great new look and KDE 4.2 was released.
Exciting times indeed!
Where do we go from here? I think we have a lot of work to do to improve processes still, something that will only improve if enough people openly analyze what our processes are, identify challenges, and problem solve. Distributions have a lot of work left here, as right now audio via PulseAudio is experiencing the same problems and for the same reasons as KDE 4.0. That is something that distributions, by examining both their communication and version inclusion strategies, can fix. Upstreams need the room to innovate and that requires making releases in the process of doing so, and distributions can make it possible to both get those "bleeding edge" releases to people who can and will engage in testing without it endangering their work (and our shared reputations) and the "more boring" releases that are "retail ready" to people who rely on our work for day to day productivity.
For 2009 my personal agenda for KDE includes:
- Education: how can we take Plasma and the rest of KDE and provide the most useful system possible without creating a separate silo of code that people won't work on, let alone test.
- Management: kiosktool isn't ported to KDE4. Kiosk itself is still there in KDE4 and works just fine, but the tool isn't. We can also do a lot better than kiosktool in KDE3. I do wonder why these tools bit rot so. I hear that Sabayon doesn't work in Ubuntu either. In both cases distros played a big role in the creation of these tools and then they got abandoned, despite these tools being critical to so much of our user base.
- Marketing: repositioning the KDE brand is really important as we continue to grow to be able to accurately get the message of what KDE is out there. I'd hoped we'd have this done by 4.2.0's release, but now that the release is out maybe we can find the time and attention in our promo community to finish the work.
- Socializing our software: we need to open doorways to the community via our software. There are many ways to do it, we just need to make it happen.
- Plasmaliciousness: continue to make Plasma rock ever harder and do ever more with ever greater elegance.
What are you working on?