I don't really follow Ubuntu development, and I unsubscribed from debian-devel long ago. The majority of making the platform work appears to be boring grungework, or just getting the right groups to cooperate. But here are some tidbits I've picked up:
- The Bluetooth work looks promising.
- There's some talk of using Composite by default. As I type this I can hear the Beryl guy talking about how it works just fine on his $500 IBM laptop.
- There's some talk of using the Novell "Slab", which looks nice. Interesting to see search as the fundamental interface.
- And I'm most happy to see the planned "Fix the Linux audio mess once and for all" meeting, 'cause even in 2006 I still have to fight (mostly with Flash, as always) to make my sound work.