I've been watching the combined KDevelop / Kate / Okteta sprint going on right now in Berlin with interest as they are achieving some really great things, from performance improvements to scripting improvement (more
- Friedrich Kossebau (frinring): Okteta going for KDevelop (and Kate?)
- Dominik Haumann: The Power of Developer Meetings (I highly recommend this one because not only does it list a bunch of progress points they hit, it also offers a really nice analysis of why developer sprints are so valuable.)
- Milian Wolff (milianw): Kate/KDevelop HackSprint - Up To Day 4
Just as that dev sprint wraps up, another will begin: Tokamak 4! This juggernaut of a sprint will consist of at least 25 people and three KDE projects. Tokamak started out as a developer sprint for Plasma stuff, but it's grown organically to include those areas that Plasma relies on or which rely on Plasma. I'm really excited to see what will happen not only for Plasma, but also for Oxygen (here's Nuno's take on that topic) and KWin. We'll also have visitors from outside of these three groups as well, including a fellow from OpenWrt.
Due to being large and diverse, we will have several break out focus groups over the course of the week focusing on a variety of topics ranging broadly between Plasma Mobile, Oxygen styling, KWin integration and features, deskkop-wide context and activities, application launchers and more.
Tokamak 4 is the first "northerly" Tokamak, with the last three happening in Italy, Portugal and the south of Switzerland respectively. Building on those successes, we're moving up the map a bit with this Tokamak It is being hosted in Germany. Instead of Berlin where the KDevelop/Kate/Okteta sprint is rocking out, we'll be in the lovely city of Nürnberg. Our hosts are Novell and the OpenSuse team. We'll have lots of opportunity to rub shoulders and meet various Novellians in between our sessions and work (and everyone in the offices there is both welcome and encouraged to come join us when and as you can). Will "bille" Stephenson has been an absolute star in getting this thing organized and making sure we have the resources to make it all happen, something that we owe a debt of gratitude both to KDE e.V. (and therefore everyone who donates to KDE e.V.!) and to Novell for hosting and helping with accommodations.
On Saturday we'll have a public Open Day. Visitors are welcome to join us during the day, and possibly for evening/night-time activities. Presentations will be given by various Plasma, KWin and Oxygen team members and it will also be when we hammer out the exact details for the schedule for the rest of the week (when, where and who are in the break out groups, for instance).
This all means that today I'm gathering details for travel (how do I get to the hotel again? :), getting my presentation for Saturday in order and generally getting stupidly excited about starting out to the airport tomorrow to rock this thing with some of my best friends and colleagues.
In completely unrelated-to-sprints news, KInfoCenter has a new maintainer in the form of David Hubner. He's working on improving that very useful application to show more information more gracefully. Since he's tapping into more and more workspace related technology, such as Solid::Control (which is a workspace library that builds on top of the base Solid library in the KDE Development Framework), KInfoCenter has been moved from kdebase-apps to kdebase-workspace. I'm really happy to see KInfoCenter get more of the love it deserves, and I can't wait to see what David comes up with over the next KDE SC releases. If you have interest in this area and some coding skills, now is a great time to get involved as having an active maintainer around makes that much easier. KInfoCenter development discussion currently seems to happen on kde-core-devel at kde.org.