Yesterday I did a session on in cars at . To stay with the topic, I did the talk from inside a car, off a laptop running Linux ( @debian with @kde plasma, to be more exact).

@debian @kde the talk was recorded (you can probably find it if you look in the room 2 broadcast from yesterday - room links are here:

I also put the slides here:

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@debian @kde most of my experiences come from a range of OEMs encountered during my years, but the conclusions are general enough:

In order to actually succeed in building products around open source, you need to scratch your own itch.

@debian @kde if you pay someone else to build a function for you, and encourage them to use open source, they will do so in a way to scratch their itch. This will not sole your core issues, eg maintainability, vendor lock-in, access to smart people in the community. These are not itches to your suppliers, that is how they keep you hooked.

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@debian @kde you have to scratch your own itch, meaning that you - at least - need to integrate your own software.

Doing that gives you a starting point to then develop selected components, upstream and cooperate with the community, and so on.

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@debian @kde so, long story short. Scratch your own itch was something I thought was a fun statement from hackers such as myself some 25 years ago, but it turns out it is key to transforming entire industries.

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@debian @kde also, it's a great excuse to put pictures of cute animals in corporate presentations 😉

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