Lampadas development is proceeding quickly and lots of loose ends are coming together. I still expect to go to beta at the end of the month.
At this point, it is pretty much ready to manage meta-data and coordinate work, just like the old LDPDB. It has all the same meta-data support, and more. It can generate a dynamic or static site, with a simple CMS included, so theoretically we can generate the LDP website directly from the meta-data in Lampadas. If configured properly, it should look almost the same as the existing LDP site, but will be completely localized. (Right now we have translations in German, French and English, and need translators to add support for others.) The Lampadas dynamic site seems to be pretty solid, but will need fine tuning and optimization before it is ready to run a site as popular as the LDP.
The Gnome Documentation Project is looking at Lampadas for managing their work, particularly translations. I need to make some changes to fill their needs, but that's no problem. I am quite happy to do it, and as they are pretty sharp folks, their input will make it a better system. I hoped from the very beginning that it would be adopted by some other projects. Now that the day is approaching, I am very excited about it.
I'll spend the rest of the month tweaking things to satisfy the LDP and GDP volunteers so it will have whatever features they consider essential, and fixing bugs of course.
Future releases will add CVS support and interactive features oriented more towards readers. Those were the features I originally started Lampadas for, but I think it is good for Lampadas and good for the doc projects to start with this base set of features and get them tweaked until we're all running smoothly on it. Then we can worry about the more whizz-bang stuff.
I'm still looking for a job. I had a great interview on Friday with a company who wants a programmer to hack on SquirrelMail and some other Free Software code that they run their business on. I think they will make an offer Monday. I sure hope so; the job would be really fun. The pay wouldn't be great, but that is not so important to me as enjoying the work.