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Linuxtopia: Is Linux-based Home Automation a Killer App?

Dec 06, 1999, 16:24 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dave)

[ Thanks to Dave for this link. ]

"Recently, I had the pleasure of tinkering with some X10 home automation devices. When I first ordered my kit, I thought that it would be a giant hassle to setup, and then not really be worth using. I don't know if I've ever been more wrong in my life. The kit that I got was very basic, but still useful. It came with a transmitter for your computer, a receiver that acts as a control unit, and a lamp control module."

"The kit came with a URL that I could go to and download software for Windows. That's nice an all, but I don't own a Windows-based computer. Luckily, the x10 protocol is pretty old, so there is some Linux software available. A quick search for "x10" on Freshmeat brought me to Bottlerocket, a command-line program that can control x10 devices. I have a cable modem at home, and I use a Linux box as a firewall, so I also downloaded CGI-x10 so I could control devices remotely. I think that this type of setup has the potential to be a "killer app" for Linux."

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