This is an attempt to paraphrase Alexander Limi's keynote speech, rather than reflect any of my own views (added as comments instead).
Good to see two new plone books are out, e.g. Erik Rose
plone 3 for education -
and contrary to Google trends - usage is still increasing.
plone 4/5 roadmap:
native blobs in 4
performance should be twice as fast as 3 -
largely due to Chameleon and its compiled ZPT template acceleration (also used by Pylons for Genshi)
code base should be 30% smaller
deliverance - more into the core
dexterity - to replace archetypes but will still have AT in 5
deco - UI layout design framework using tiles to replace viewlets and portlets. All of the page elements can be drag and dropped rearranged.
- so edit mode becomes a design mode too! (Live demo of deco drag and dropping layout followed)
Issues about promoting plone
Cant compete against cost and simplicitiy of PHP CMS for web page publishing - so sees goal as the high end of the market - enterprise collaborative CMS, easy to extend with simple apps.
Hence the competition is Alfresco, RedDot, Sharepoint etc - Plone community need to create standard content importers from these.
Fix plone.org to drive plone again. More user groups, etc.