What is my goal / intention in doing this? I hope to get many of us thinking about or at least aware of really important issues that require consensus and shared action. I hope to start a conversation on each of these topics that can take on a life of its own, with each blog entry being the spark that lights a bonfire of discussion for us to share and illuminate our surroundings with. I hope that others will also find some inspiration in this process and subsequently find the time and words to do a similar exploration within the KDE communities they are in. The ultimate goal is progress and a happier, healthier, better, stronger, $SUPERLATIVE KDE.
What will follow are not promises or even predictions about what KDE is going to do in 2010. Instead, I'll be writing about things that we should probably put thought and attention to in the coming year. Some of these things are already getting attention and effort, some of them aren't. Some are outright challenges we face, some are simply opportunities.
Some individual teams within KDE are also doing planning and project introspection on their own. I saw such an email thread on the KDE Edu list just the other day, in fact. This is absolutely terrific to see as it can only help improve community cohesion and the project's overall quality. Since we are often best positioned to understand and be able to address the issues relating to our own projects, such efforts can be invaluable. Of course, when we feel we need a helping hand or that some outside perspective would be useful, we have the great KDE community to fall back on by asking for needed help or even just using others as a sounding board for our thoughts.
There are also topics which concern all of us in KDE and which can be helped by addressing them together, and this is the genre of topics I've tried to stick to here. Which is to say, this isn't going to be a laundry of list of detail items like "Plasma Desktop needs a better ZUI". I don't think such lists are overly useful outside of project level discussions: they tend to become too divided, too full of well intended but less than helpful input and too chaotic due to usually covering too many bases at once (or not enough). I've also chosen to skip over some topics that are already well in hand and which I think are set to have a great 2010 already.
The list of topics isn't exhaustive, either. In trying to keep this a manageable set of topics and sticking to ones with the biggest "footprint" on the project, I've skipped some issues such as "printing", even though it does need more investment put into it and is quite important, and "Kontact" which should have a great 2010 if the expected targets are hit. I've also stayed away from topics that aren't completely within KDE's control alone, such as the critical "how do we achieve a reliable top-to-bottom platform within the Free software operation system ecosystem?" challenge; the issues on my list below are KDE's alone to succeed or fail with, to pay attention to or ignore. This is why "multimedia" isn't there, for instance, as the challenges surrounding that are deeply rooted elsewhere even though they affect us and need our attention.
There are also some teams and topics where there just isn't anything more to say than "keep up the great work, can't wait to see what you come up with in 2010" (yes, I'm looking at you KDE Games, Amarok, Dolphin, Digikam and so many others :) and so also aren't on the list. In fact, given the size of KDE and the relatively small number of "hot topics", it was evident to me as I was crafting it that there are many more things going very right in our world than are not. Yes, we have challenges to address, but we have many more successes to show alongside those challenges.
So ... now that I've said what I won't be talking about in my usual long winded fashion, here is the list of topics that I will be taking on in alphabetical order:
- Device spectrum
- Identifying projects in need
- Managing the wave of new apps
- Mobilizing/Enabling KDE Supporters
- Promo Messaging
- Scripting and dynamic language support
- Web Presence
Starting tomorrow, I'll be publishing a blog entry for each of the above at the rate of two a day until we're through the list. Hopefully it will be an interesting ride for everyone. :)