Akademy here in Gran Canaria is fantastic. The sea, the sun and the conference center are great. But the most important aspect are the great people of course. It´s always so much fun to meet old friends and make new ones. What I especially like are the great discussions about strategic and technical
topics and how we can make the Linux and KDE Desktop even more successful.
Yesterday I gave my first presentation here which was a lightning talk about the Open-PC project. You can finde the slides here:
The Open-PC is a crazy idea. I had a lot of discussions about the need for a really good configured, easy to use and affordable Linux PC. A lot of people are not happy with the current Linux Netbooks, Notebooks and Desktops.
I really think we need and we can deliver something better.
The idea is that we as a community vote what we kind of hardware we want to have in such a PC. We decide which software we want to see on such a product. We develop the logo, building up the brand, building the software image and we run the web store. Than we look for hardware vendors to build and sell our PC.
A part of the income goes back to the free software project.
After more thinking and talking to people I realized that the idea isn´t that crazy and unrealistic.
I talked to the boss of a hardware manufacturer and he likes the idea. He is willing to become our first partner. So i decided to start and announce this project officially here in Gran Canaria.
I´m really optimistic that we can launch a great product this fall.
I´m looking forward to your feedback.
Together we can create an innovative and successful Linux PC