After sitting on a train for four hours that whisked me through the countryside of Switzerland and into Germany, I am sitting in a room in Darmstadt that is full of familiar faces, along with one or two less familiar ones.
For instance, it's been a few years since I had the opportunity to meet up with Eva, who was KDE e.V. president before I was, and even longer since I got to sit down with Stefan Werden and discuss high level topics about Free software, distributions, KDE, etc. In fact, I think the last time I met up with Stefan for an extended visit was at the Appeal meeting in Berlin all those years ago. We've passed each other at conferences a few times since, but today and tomorrow we're sitting down to really bang our heads together about (what else?) Plasma.
Ok, it isn't all about Plasma. Sebastian Trüg is also here, so I'm sure you can guess what else we're talking about: Nepomuk. The Other SebastianTM (Kügler) is also here as is Marco Martin. There are also interaction designers and project managers in the room, so we're bringing a lot of different useful perspectives and voices together.
What are we working on? Well ... that's something we'll be blogging and documenting at the end of this week. Right now what I can share is that we'll be bringing Plasma and other KDE software to a wider array of devices, and as part of that we're going to try to be a lot clearer about the device continuum approach that is at the heart of Plasma.
We're going to spend the next few days banging our heads together, messing up some whiteboards and sharpening our ideas in the forge of creativity. Then at week's end we'll share our progress with the community at large, push it through another iteration of input and refinement with everyone involved and then at the end of next month at Tokamak 5 in the Netherlands we'll do another big iteration of what we're working on here. Our work and communication will continue to build up through the Platform 11 meeting in June and the Berlin Desktop Summit in August. Today we are pressing the ignition button on this locomotive.
On a personal note, after spending months dealing with my move to Switzerland, adapting and working with the various changes in the Qt space and a host of other time and energy drains, it is really nice to be able to sit down with others, concentrate and bring Plasma development and innovation back up to the old break-neck pace. While the last six months have been progressive, they've been rather focused on important incremental improvements. I'm looking forward to mobilizing the energy that is circulating in this room, spreading it to the community at large and seeing where it will all go.
Oh, and you may want to mark 9.10.11 down on your calendar. ;)