An interesting new activities came up in -current tree where some of the basic packages gets upgraded besides OpenSSH, such as bash, grep, gawk, and vim/gvim. Normally, the first thing Pat would do is to upgrade the basic toolchain, such as gcc, glibc, and kernel, followed up by basic packages.
Since GCC has just released GCC 4.9.0, i think Pat is targetting that version for next Slackware release along with glibc 2.19. I still don't have an idea which kernel version would be used, but i guess 3.14 would be interesting to follow and soon to be released, 3.15 which brings many performance improvements and also supports for newer Intel CPUs.
It would be another interesting development cycle for next Slackware release and hoping that -current cycle start soon.