Tokamak II was a grand success, modulo some unfortunate hiccups with travel and bed bugs. Sebastian, with the help of Richard, wrote up a rather nice review of the event. I was quite happy how there was a strong mix of coding, planning and community building that went on. People from the local area stopped by at various points to look in at what we were doing, which was pretty interesting and really reflects our open nature well. No secret meetings here! :) Now we just need to see how well we execute on things like the new system tray method over the next 6 months.
Today, however, I'm sitting in a board meeting for KDE e.V. We try and do these in person a few times a year as we can get a lot done sitting around a table together for two days relative to the usual email and phone communication we do. Today was no exception, and I'm feeling exceptionally tired mentally at the end of today's meeting. Tomorrow we do it all again, all in the name of continuing our process of both reinforcing what is working and improving what could work even better.
During this time there's been a small bruhaha on the KDE blogs about Plasma in 4.2 and Qt 4.5. Here's the short and sweet story on it so everyone can relax and sleep a bit better at night:
We (the Plasma team) would like Plasma in 4.2 to work with Qt 4.5. Obviously, this is also what the wider KDE and Qt community wants to. As they say, however, you don't always get what you want. But if you try, sometimes, you get what you need.
Right now, with all the changes in QGraphicsView in 4.5, there are some Unhappy Places in Plasma when you use it with Qt 4.5. For example, there is an "interesting" one pixel gap in some of the SVG rendererings (specifically, Plasma::FrameSvg). There are also some work-arounds in Plasma for bugs in Qt 4.4. that are not Happy with Qt 4.5. So we have some testing and patching to do. While Plasma generally runs better with Qt 4.5 in a number of ways, such as performance and less layout hacks needed, it currently needs some work.
We're working on these things in trunk, and will do our best to come up with a patch set against 4.2 in the process. Helping us test KDE 4.2 against Qt 4.5 and identifying these issues is very welcome and then later testing the patches would also be welcome. While the Plasma team will be doing our best to do so, reality is that wider testing equates to better results.
So in summary: using Qt 4.5 with Plasma in KDE 4.2 right this minute will result in less than perfect results; we're working on it; help us and it'll go faster; eventually running Plasma in KDE 4.2 with Qt 4.5 will be smoothly doable. In the meantime, please be patient and don't jump the gun. Given that Qt 4.5 isn't even released yet, I don't see the issue.
I now return you to the regularly scheduled storm in a tea-cup ... I have a board meeting wrap up waiting for me to pay attention again. ;)