We are moving to a devel workflow in which we aim to have an "always-releasable" master branch. All development will happen in branches, something we essentially do already, but we will now also have an integration branch so we can bring the various branches together for testing before merging them when ready, branch by branch, into master. We have been working towards for some time, adjusting our habits one step at a time. This will only cover the plasma-mobile, share-like-connect and plasma-active-maliit repositories for now, but my hope is that as Frameworks 5 arrives we'll be able to broaden this to the bigger shared repositories such as kde-workspace.
We also set a release date target of March 26th, with betas and release candidates starting one month prior to that. So what do we plan on accomplishing between now and then?
Most of the core team's efforts are going to be focused on improving what was new in Plasma Active Three. We'll be focusing on one component at a time for review so we can document what needs improving, prioritize those items and then work on implementing the improvements in a time-boxed devel cycle, or sprint. We are starting with Files for the first three week sprint, and then will move on to Share Like Connect. Not all sprints will be the same length. Some will be only one or two weeks, all depending on how much needs doing and how much time we have.
One of the Maliit input system developers joined us at the meeting as well, which was great as we have a lot of work to do on the on-screen keyboard still. We are very much looking forward to the improvements that Maliit 1.0 will bring, but that won't be Plasma Active Four material. We will be working on bringing multiple layouts and improving some of the current ergonomics. Already a few annoyances and bugs have been fixed, and we recently merged in some changes to the default layout.
There are also some new feature sets in the pipeline for Plasma Active Four. Work on syncing is already well on its way with ownCloud and akonadi integration (Sebas will probably blog more about this later) and screen rotation support (thanks to JP). More and more, though, we'll be looking to others to work on new applications and feature sets such as these.
... and now for something completely different: screenshot porn of a few things already in master for the Plasma Active Four release.