I find it blatantly obvious that mp3car and streetdeck are 'sleeping together'. There is just no way streetdeck can get so much coverage on this website without paying cash. I think both parties are attempting to capitalilze on this user base of enthusiasts they have created over the years. I think they have used the experience, knowledge, and ideas that came from anyone who has ever contributed to this board, and turned it into a commercial product, and now are selling it back to us. I think this should have been a community project and shared just like everything else.
I think this forum should be moved to a non-commercial server immediately. mp3car and streetdeck do not own our ideas, projects, experience, or knowledge. Imagine if this whole forum moved to another server. What would happen to their entire target market? We could write streetdux, a new open source linux streetdeck clone! Honestly though, this forum belongs to us, the readers and posters, and we are slowly but surely being SOLD OUT. Are we gonna stop it, probably not. Everything goes commercial eventually.
But honestly, who are they gonna sell to? They will spend a TON on marketing, packaging, product design, etc, but I seriously doubt they will ever turn any significant profits. The carpc industry is about as lucrative as returning shopping carts. The truth about carpcs is that if you want one, you're generally the type that wants to do it yourself. And generally, people who dont know how to put a computer together and install some software would get completely lost in a carpc, and very likely crash their vehicle. It's simply a DIY niche.
On the flip side, they're developing better software. that's wonderful. I'm sure we'll be able to take advantage of their ideas.
(dont delete this thread please)