Between now and March we have a busy schedule for the Spark efforts.
First, I'll be at CEBIT from the 7th-9th (and part of the 6th) where Spark will be demoing at the Xompu booth (Hall 9, A50) as well as the KDE booth (Hall 2, E62). I'll also be volunteering some time at the KDE booth as a community member, so I won't be there only for Spark. Still, I'll be around and available for meetings and hallway discussions about Spark and Make·Play·Live.
I'm also working on logistics for the Americas, which is starting to come together. I will also be in Philadelphia next week for a few days of Spark-related business.
The technology side is similarly busy: we're working towards having the Spark tablet OS images ready to go. This isn't quite as
exciting as it sounds as nearly all the code is already publicly
available, but it's an important pre-launch step to have the image published.
The current work is
divided between kernel scrubbing and interface tweaking. On the UI side
we have been working on things like making all the thumbnails and other
visuals in Plasma Active adaptively scalable, which QML has actually
made remarkably easy. Marco has tied it into the standard KDE settings
for icon sizes and changing those settings causes Plasma Active to
relayout ... on the fly! We have also been identifying elements slated for
Plasma Active 3 that we want to include, such as the Nepomuk-backed
"file manager" written in QML, and getting the Add Ons app ready.
We'll also be unveiling the branding for Make·Play·Live and Spark next month. We're working with a great team of two very dedicated and enthusiastic designers here in
Zürich who really "get" the philosophy and concepts. I can't wait to
share the results with everyone!
While that continues, we'll also be progressively populating the Make·Play·Live website with content
covering our goals and philosophy, Spark in detail (including a comprehensive FAQ),
information on partner and volume sales plans, documentation of our community interfaces and support and our roadmap.
Combined with the organizational
efforts required to make it all come together, we have a lot of work ahead of us. Thanks to everyone who has supported us and helped us get this far. What a beginning its been! What a road it shall be! :)