As I mentioned in my lwn interview a few weeks ago, I’m curious about where the Open Collaboration Services/Social Desktop is going- while I have not been able to figure out if this is the right way to do it, it is obvious that the Free desktop needs to start experimenting with and exploring this sort of space, and this project seems to be leading in that direction.
That curiosity has now turned into a bit more; I’m going to be a judge for the application contest that Social Desktop is now running. The contest closes in late August; could be a fun way to spend part of your summer hacking time.
While I’m obviously not going to be hacking, I expect this will be an interesting educational opportunity for me- I want to learn more about what these APIs can do, and this should be a good way for me to do it. :) More importantly, this is an interesting way to get eyeballs and hackers focused on this space, and I hope it (or something like it) succeeds.