The anticipated conclusion to my two part article on how to improve the performance of your JSF-based Seam application by two orders of magnitude is finally available at JSFCentral. I've also released the source code cited in the article.
As many of you will have noticed, recently we (the Seam team) have been putting our energy into other efforts than Seam 2. I've been working on Web Beans (the reference implementation of JSR-299). Shane has been working on the JSR-299 TCK (to test all implementations of JSR-299 for compatibility with the spec). Dan and I have spent a lot of time pushing some of the JSF improvements from Seam into JSF 2 (the proposed final draft should be up any day now!).