Home automation can make you feel like you’re living in the future. This week we dig into the technology, advantages & disadvantages to fully automating all aspects of your home or office. We share our hard learned lessons!
Plus Valve’s huge milestone, what’s great about Gnome 3.18, Ubuntu powered Drones, the creepy Windows 10 feature that’s pushing people to adopt Linux & more!
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Automation starts by designing around something
- Automation Controller ie: Crestron
- Peer to Peer Automation ie: Insteon
- Science Project based automation ie: X10
- Security System based automation ie: HAI
Consider the the following
- How can I interface to other systems?
- What I/O does the system offer? ie: prop protocol? CC/OC?
- How does the system communicate? ie: wifi, network
Light Solutions Considered
Advantages of Lutron
Able to interface to multiple devices
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Z-Wave Europe and Popp & Co. have launched a “Popp Hub” home automation gateway that runs Linux on a Raspberry Pi, and supports Z-Wave and IP smart devices.
Desktop App Pick
Avidemux is a free video editor designed for simple cutting, filtering and encoding tasks.
It supports many file types, including AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF, using a variety of codecs. Tasks can be automated using projects, job queue and powerful scripting capabilities.
App Grid is an alternative to the Software Center.
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GNOME 3.18 is the latest version of GNOME 3, and is the result of 6 months’ hard work by the GNOME community. It contains major new features, as well as many smaller improvements and bug fixes. In total, the release incorporates 25112 changes, made by approximately 772 contributors.
Ubuntu got a big boost as a competitive operating system for drones with an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) reference platform announced by Qualcomm last week called Snapdragon Flight. The Snapdragon 801 based development platform supports Linaro’s version of Ubuntu, as well as OpenCV, according to an email to Linux.com from a Qualcomm representative. The rep went on the call it “an open platform for companies to port their own existing drone software.”
But this weekend there’s an even bigger numeric milestone to celebrate according to the Linux site Phoronix—1,500 Linux titles are currently available through Steam.
Today marks a huge milestone for Steam on Linux: 1,500 games are natively available! This is quite significant while Windows is at 6,464 and OS X is at 2,323.
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