I was chatting a few days ago with Thorsten from the KOffice and KPresenter team about the KPresenter template contest. We've received a couple of entries, but we'd really like to see a lot more of them. I know there are a lot of brilliant artists out there in F/OSS-land, and this is an opportunity to get involved, get a bit of recognition and help out those who aren't as artistically gifted as you are to make stunning presentations with KOffice. The contest closes on the 15th of next month, so get your art engines revved up! :)
Speaking of revving, I'm working on what will hopefully be final drafts of my two presentations for FOSS LC's Summer Camp. One is about managing open source software projects, using the KDE meta-project as the poster child. I'll be covering things such as governance, leadership and infrastructure. I only have half an hour to do it in, so I'm sticking to the most important issues.
I'll also be giving an hour long presentation on where KDE and the Free Software desktop are going. It's one of the main presentations at the end of the day so the audience should be healthy. Always easier to draw a larger crowd when there are no other presentations to compete with? ;) I'll be covering what we're doing internally with The Pillars, what we're doing in the Workspaces (desktop, netbook, tablet, mobile, ..) and what the broader community is up to with an attempt to cover as accurately as possible the worlds of Amarok, Marble, KOffice, KDE Edu, KDE Games (will there even be a mention of Gluon? Hmm...), KDevelop, Digikam, etc. The current plan is to start out with what our over-arching goals are (a rocking community of creative people making Free Software for people everywhere on all kinds of devices with an increasing emphasis on elegance augmenting our traditional strengths such as power and integration), move to quickly cover what our foundations are built on (at a high level view), then talk about the workspaces for a while, then take people on a whirl wind tour of KDE applications. I'll be sure to emphasize the Platform / Workspaces / Apps differentiation as well the new worlds of mobile and non-laptop/desktop devices. It's always tricky to fit something like this in an hour (well, technically I have 75 minutes, but Q/A needs to be allowed for) while keeping a consistent and compelling theme while avoiding oversaturating the audience. I'm slowly getting better at it after all these years. :)
See you in Ottawa, and see your templates in the competition!