Baruch: Why are you lacking motivation to work on your free software projects. Is it because these particular projects don’t interest you right now or that you have little motivation to work on free software after a long days’ kernel hacking?
I’m very excited about working on Free Software at the moment. The Gnome desktop environment is really shaping up. Darragh could probably tell us about improvements in OpenOffice.org, due for a version 2.0 next spring. Most of all, I think we’re getting towards standard interfaces on all GNU/Linux distributions for common configuration jobs, like network configuration. No more distro dependant tools
There’s a lot of work to be done on a political end. Software patents in Europe should be stopped and we’ve to educate the music industry on DRM. I’ve never purchased a DRM’ed CD (nor have I downloaded the tracks illegally). We’ve got to hit them where it hurts, in the pocket. If they see no demand for DRM’ed product then they won’t sell it.
Lastly, the vision that Des and I had for zero-configuration GNU/Linux is just around the corner. But there’s a bit of work to do on it yet. Particularly in regard to LAN shares. We’ve to convince users/developers to use a standard sharing mechanism for LAN shares. Or probably two standards. One will possibly be called a “Windows share” i.e. samba and the other a “Linux share” i.e. Webdav over DNS-Based Service Discovery, also known as Rendezvous.