KDE Manifesto: There and Back Again
The KDE Manifesto is almost one year old now... That prompts the obvious question of "Did it have any effect?" And good news, yes it did, so all that work wasn't for nothing! More seriously the most obvious effect is the fact that we got some new projects joining our community; projects that already existed outside of KDE. We're not talking about dozens of them, more likely three or four, which over a year is not too bad. It also had a less obvious effect toward projects which were already part of the community or perceived as such, it prompted them to get closer to the rest of the community. In both cases, it gives me great hopes. Indeed, those people joining or getting closer are the living proof that our community and its values are attractive.
Now of course, we risk becoming lazy and stopping here. Maybe just adjust the manifesto a bit here and there, roll out updates to it and done... I think that would be sad, and for the past year I've been taking a step back from the manifesto trying to connect the dots and see where past events could lead us. I think that now I've a theory worth sharing.