Thursday, July 28, 2011
Congratulations to everyone who has worked so hard over the last half year to bring 4.7 to fruition and bring another great release of world class Free software into the world. Features, performance, new platforms .. this release has a bit of everything while remaining on the solid, know-where-we-are-headed evolutionary road.
To coin a phrase, and in reference to the graphic above, it's all coming together .. and what timing! People are looking for modern, stable Free software and the KDE community is putting it out left and right. With the Big Release date, the Platform, Applications and Workspaces have their big day, this time joined by Kontact for the first time in a while.
Of course, we have a lot simmering in the pots that are still on the stove, too! While we've worked hard on the Plasma Desktop and Netbook 4.7 releases which feature several performance improvements as well as feature enhancements, not least of which are improvements to Activities and the use of OpenGL ES for window managaement, we've also been pushing Plasma Active forward relentlessly. Some times I wonder where we get all the energy from, and then I turn around, look at my team mates as well our greatful users and remember where it comes from ... :)
In one week's time I'll be boarding a train with some of the Swiss KDE Contingent as we head off on an overnight train to Berlin to take part in the Desktop Summit. It is there that we will take stock of where we are in light of this terrific release and take another bold set of steps forward.
While our users will be enjoying the "fresh off the presses" 4.7 releases, we'll already be hard at work on turning KDE Platform into KDE Frameworks, bringing Plasma Active and the whole Active movement further into the sunlight, bonding with others in our community and forging new relationships across project boundaries.
So tonight, as I sit watching the people of the Internet spread the word of 4.7, I just can't help but look forward. Viva la 4.7! Viva la git master! :)
Enjoy the release everyone, and I'll see many of you in Berlin really soon!