We at Bug have always believed in the power of open source communities and projects. We believe in the power of free access to information, which thus gives the do-ers of the world the ability to take control. These concepts are frequently discussed in our main blog: bugblogger.com. We have talked about BUG the concept and Bug the company as radically open. While our belief in the power of open is strong, it's sometimes hard to quantify when it comes down to business issues of risk, cost, and value. A great concrete example of the value emerged when Matt and Angel were able to spend a few hours to go from zero to a working bluetooth stack on the BUG. Our earlier decision to move from a vendor based Linux stack to a true bottom-up community based distribution certainly had it's costs and risks. From a high-level product feature list, you'd be hard pressed to justify the time and energy that has gone into getting BUG on OpenEmbedded/Poky. But regardless of this, we believed the value was there and moved forward. And now with the breadth and diversity of packages and hardware support that the OE community offers, we're able to move very quickly at times and obtain some extreme advancements that would be practically impossible in top-down, 'managed' closed systems and processes, especially given the size of our engineering team. Is this always the case? Of course not, but it's turning out to be more often than not. And it's great when everything comes together at the right time and the right place. So here's to radical openness and rapid innovation!
BTW: here is another photo from Malmo; a dinner hosted by the city in a building older than rocks. I ate reindeer last night, it was delicious!