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8 Great Linux Apps Worth Bragging About, part 1

May 20, 2009, 23:02 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Zoneminder, Video Security
Zoneminder is an impressive security application that puts a lot of spendy commercial apps to shame. Use an old PC with a big hard drive as your security digital video recorder, connect any compatible video, IP, wireless, and USB cameras, and you're in business. You can even cobble up a system using cheapo Webcams, though you probably don't want to go too cheap like banks and convenience stores, with their blurry useless systems. (Why do they even bother?) You can have color, sound, motion sensor, and even night vision.

"The Zoneminder site is extremely helpful and includes a list of compatible hardware. You can control your cameras over the network and even over the Internet, and you can have Zoneminder send you event notifications. Its feature set is comparable to the high-end commercial systems, and it can be integrated into an X10 home automation system. License: GPL."

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