Tue 22 Nov 2011
I have a mailbox with an excellent SPAM filter, but that does not seem to it's job like it should, but then again how do you stop 'real' people mail? OK so a lot of different mails to answer. These days there is a lot of traffic on the Steering Committee list and also on the Core Internal list. We discuss some strategy and especially branding and marketing is a very important topic. Open Source just does not sell itself anymore and positioning ourselves properly is more important then ever. Rasmus Skjoldan is leading our branding effort and will publish the TYPO3 brandbook and the accompanying yearbook before the end of the year. I will try to arrange a meeting with the design team and Rasmus to see how we can give him some support here. One of the things I do on a regular basis is to connect dots between people, initiatives and teams. In some of this morning's mailexchange with the screencast team we released our collaborative service ietherpad.com is already down for days and we need an alternative. We still have pads there that are quite important to us. There seem to be a lot of services these days based on etherpad and it does not seem that difficult to set up your own server. Would be cool to have a etherpad.typo3.org, right? In the background I get alerts from my release team Skype bookmark. The guys, Ernesto (4.5), Xavier (4.6) and Oliver, are pretty busy preparing the release of new minor releases of all versions slated for around 15:00 this afternoon. Always great to see how much care is put into the releases. So much for quickly dealing with my mailbox! Now a quick visit to the espresso machine and finally cut of all communication to start writing the Community Report for October.
So I started writing the Community Report for October. First I check my own timelog for the last month and the news articles of last month to get a clear overview of the community activities for last month. It was quite a dynamic month with the conference, the launch of a stable FLOW3 and the release of TYPO3 version 4.6. Finally things surrounding our new next-generation CMS are taking shape. The road to our new CMS is a long one, but based on the newest technology. The current developers have chosen to first develop FLOW3 as a PHP framework before continuing with the CMS part. I see FLOW3 in the news all around me. Something is happening there. Writing the monthly report is great, because it reminds you of the bigger picture and also stuff that might have gone unnoticed. Writing about the screen cast team made me think of the very charming danish-english or german-english screen casts we had or actually still have. The team has a native speaker from the UK now. My favorite would be that we have a voice-over like on the discovery series "Deadliest Catch", where the voice is done by a scotsman. Imagine that ;-)
So the day is done and the Community Report for October 2011 is published. At the same time as I published my report maintenance releases of TYPO3 were announced and a first patch release of FLOW3. We have been busy today. It still amazes me how long writing an article or getting the information and images together always takes. My timetracker tells me I have been working 4 hours on it. I am quite happy with how this report looks. Some nice images and good info. Did not take more then 5 minutes for the first feedback, which made me immediately correct some things, like attaching the PDF version of the Generic Flyer. Like always I intend to write the next Community Report early next month.
I am already looking forward to tomorrow. It will not be filled with TYPO3 work, but it will be filled with community work. I will be checking out a location in Amsterdam for the European Community Leadership Summit I am organising together with some other folks early 2012. In the evening I have an interesting little dinner planned with some Open Source guys from Amsterdam. More about this tomorrow.