Rooting Noah’s House | LAS 384

Rooting Noah’s House | LAS 384

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


Runs Linux

Z-Wave Plus home automation hub runs Linux on Raspberry Pi

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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.

Weekly Spotlight

App Grid – your alternative to the Ubuntu Software Center

App Grid is an alternative to the Software Center.

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GNOME 3.18 Release Notes

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.

Qualcomm Goes Ubuntu for Drone Reference Platform |

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 from a Qualcomm representative. The rep went on the call it “an open platform for companies to port their own existing drone software.”

Valve hits a Linux landmark—1,500 games available on Steam

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.

Steam Crosses 1,500 Games Natively Available For Linux – Phoronix

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.

Windows ‘outs’ you to your parents


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