Posted the status report. Bugs me that SourceForge's status are *still* AWOL. Ah well, I'm sure there's a good reason.
We've also been approached by a German magazine 'COMPUTERBILD' to include Inkscape on their monthly magazine CD. Rather odd, since from what I understand, the magazine is one of those Windows commercialware type publications, but maybe Open Source is starting to make penetration there? Dunno, but there's some worry on the Inkscape list that our 0.41 release needs a bit more polish, since we've found some minor but highly annoying flaws since the release. I tend to agree, but am too short of time; maybe someone will do a point release.
As if I didn't have enough to do, I've been mulling over some ideas I've banged around for years about doing a task manager. I get pretty obsessive over planning out tasks and such, but do it pretty much manually, with plain text files. It seems like an ideal sort of thing to do with software, but I've never seen anything that captures the workflow and metadata the way I think it should.
For example, these days there's a lot of interesting local political initiatives and actions, like stopping $BigEvilCorp from doing $SomeEvilPlan or whatnot, that I'd love to help, but they don't have many options for how to participate. Either donate money, or commit a huge amount of time doing tasks I'm probably not going to be very interested in.
What I would love to see is a Wiki-like thingee that states the high level objective, and allows the tasks to get identified, elaborated on, performed, reviewed, etc. in a distributed fashion. Thus, instead of collaborating on an encyclopedia article, the community would be collaborating on writing todo lists.
I poked over ideas the other night with Mike Day about this. There's a lot of architectural questions - what kind of interface(s) would it have? Would it store into a relational database or XML files in a dir structure? Would it be written in Perl, or C/C++, or some fancier language?
When I was only half-woken up this morning, my brain accidentally merged this into my 'dms' project design, and I realized that maybe the task manager could be implemented as a special case of the document manager. Both systems involve Objects (Tasks or Documents) with various Properties, that can exist in various States in a WorkFlow, that have Relationships to other Objects. Both systems need to enable communities to do online editing of all this info... Hmm...