I spent a couple weeks more or less out of the loop, on purpose, to take some personal time. I did make a few commits (including a large set of maintenance work on the QGraphicsProxyWidget based widgets in libplasma), met with some local KDE and Free software enthusiasts, answered emails and started a few blog entries (before stoppng myself before they consumed too much of the day I was supposed to not be doing such things in ;). In general, though, I stayed away and allowed myself to breath in the air of the city of what will be my new home.
One great thing that I enjoyed during that time had nothing to do with me: I watched the activity that kept on rolling even without my constant full time involvement with Plasma. Some 300 commits to Plasma, dozens of mails to the list, several review requests ... all concrete signs of good healthy activity. Amidst the bug fixes, new features, performance improvements was the sense that this community is alive and breathing and happily busy. This is why I became a cog in KDE in the first place, and it's stunning to see that same kind of environment thriving to this day, and not just in Plasma but all over the KDE community.
Another example of this is how the KDE Commit Digest is back again. Thank you to everyone involved, both those helping Danny crank the new issues out and Danny himself for putting together new infrastructure for it and getting a team put together.
One more example is how the Git services for the KDE community keep improving, from Git integration in KDevelop to the rapidly maturing infrastructure the sysamdin team have been tooling up for us for some time now. projects.kde.org continues to get better and better and Tom is doing an awesome job of keeping everyone informed about that process.
I had told myself this morning that I wouldn't blog today, but I couldn't help it. I caught up on news and a bunch of email communication and after all I read and saw, I just had to race over to share the great feeling I was left with.