Coming out of Tokamak, the Plasma team has been setting goals for 4.3, putting together Summer of Code ideas and writing code for 4.3 that generally kicks ass and takes names later. Expect noticeable improvements to extenders, theming, layout flexibility, performance and general I-can't-believe-it's-not-butter-ness.
A few big picture things we're also starting to focus on in a more serious fashion now that the 4.0->4.2 journey is firmly lodged in the year known as 2008 include (other than content creation tools, which I covered in my last blog entry) the educational desktop, a netbook/MID appropriate interface and a simple media center mode for the traditional desktop set up.
(Yes, we'll also be working on the stuff we've already shipped, working out bugs, performance issues and bugs as we go... but that's a "detail" item. ;)
To be honest, the development line up for the 4.3 and 4.4 releases in Plasma scare the hell out of me .. but in a good way. You see, if I'm feeling comfortable, we're not pushing hard enough. If I'm terrified, we're pushing the envelope too hard. But if I'm scared, then like Goldylocks on her third bowl of porridge, it's "just right". It means I know we could fail if we aren't brilliant, but that if we apply ourselves with enough determination we can make it.
"It's crazy enough that it just .. might .. work!" Words to live by.
(.. and I think this entry catches me up on my back-log of blog postings for the week! I still have more topics to cover though, including what the hell happened to my weekly video casts, things people looking for a project to join should keep in mind and the difficult tasks involved in letting Free software projects mature to a whole new level.)