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Dirk Hohndel at Akademy

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At Akademy in Tampere we interviewed Dirk Hohndel, Chief Linux and Open Source Technologist (we would call him 'dude') at Intel. He was present representing Intel and checking out what the KDE community is up to. As he sacrificed spending the 4th of July with his family for this, we were anxious to talk to him. Sunday, after the Elegant keynote by Aaron Seigo, we managed to catch him for a chat and first asked him what he thought about the keynote.

Dirk H: What I like about the keynote is that Aaron did a great job at capturing what is great about KDE and describing the challenges, then bringing these two together. To me that is a big part of being a successful community - to honestly look at where you are and turn it into a vision of where you want to go.

Moreover, I love the idea of taking a group of people who attack the issues they see in small increments, that is how you get things done. You can't do revolution, revolution, revolution. If you keep breaking things you start to lose people at some point! So the idea to find a focus on one or two clear areas for each release is a very good one. It brings clarity and thus helps decision making.

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