Tokamak 4 commences on the 19th of February in Nuremberg. Novell will be hosting our band of merry developers, designers and dreamers. This Tokamak is going to be the biggest one yet with 25 participants, not counting the visitors we are expecting to swell those numbers even further.
At Tokamak 3 we invited a few people who weren't "strictly" in the Plasma project, including a KWin developer. That was due to a conscious realization at Tokamak 2 that our world in Plasma was not an island unto itself, but a larger expanse that touched or was touched by several other parts of KDE and beyond. Tokamak 4 is going one step further and we are actually hosting three parallel development sprints side by side: one for Oxygen, one for KWin and one for Plasma. These three projects have a large contact surface area with each other, so it's only natural to bring them together like this for a large sprint where we can get work done in our usual heads-down-and-moving fashion across the board. Obviously, Oxygen and KWin and not completely defined by Plasma, and vice versa, but we are trying to harmonize and improve our results together.
Due to the size of this Tokamak, even just counting the Plasma contingent, we will be hosting break-out groups each day covering different sub-topics. There will be a break out track for activities, and I think this is the Tokamak we finally nail that topic down with greater definition. I removed the zooming code from plasma-desktop the other day in preparation for what we will be replacing it with. I can already hear you asking, "What will you replace it with?" We'll all just have to wait for Tokamak 4 for more details, but here are tantalizing hints: it uses Nepomuk and it will blend in visually with the rest of KDE Plasma Desktop much better.
Another exciting break out group will be the Plasma On The Go track. In addition to Plasma Netbook, which is designed for mid-sized screens (it also supports multitouch), we will be diving into the new Plasma Mobile project. Plasma Mobile is meant for smaller devices such as smart phones. We will have at least one Intel based smartphone type device and some N900s to hack on. I'll also be lugging a MIPS based netbook with me (thanks, Armijn! :) so we'll have a bunch of different devices to work on. Hopefully we can get everyone who's interested set up in pair-programming teams around their own device. Marco and Alexis will both be hosting "how to develop on these things" workshops so everyone can get up to speed. There are some really interesting ideas floating around the Plasmasphere about interesting interaction workflows we can enabled with Plasma and Qt, especially using Kinetic and even QML. I've also heard that there are plans to do a Technical Preview in 2010 of Plasma Mobile on top of the Ubuntu stack, so the snowball is starting to grow here.
We'll keep all of you posted as Tokamak 4 progresses via our blogs, identi.ca and of course KDE's own TheDot. It's a big event with big challenges to tackle. I can't wait.