LinuxMCE 1.1 RC1 is released

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Yesterday the release candidate 1 of LinuxMCE 1.1 is out. According to release note all known issues of beta 2 were fixed. So, you can download (from Torrent, as all previous releases) and try it. Please, submit all found bugs to help LinuxMCE developers come to stable version faster.

I tried to install Linux MCE 1.1 Beta 2 but during installation IP of my PC was lost. As result of that the installation failed. It happen “because LMCE uninstalls knetworkmanager in place of arping midway through the installation.” There are actually two ways to solve it (thanks to gazlang):

  • re-boot and re-start the LMCE installer when it loses connection, then it’ll go all the way through;
  • install arping before starting the LMCE installer, reboot first and make sure you are still connected to the net.

Meditation: why home automation Manufacturers Fail

You may know how many new players are coming to the home automation scene with their solutions. But maybe half of them or less stay there. The rest become a history. CEPro gives five reasons of those faults:

  • Too many features – it’s better to start from one automation area – lighting, security etc and then add another one by one.
  • Software-only models – producer doesn’t care about hardware at all.
  • Misguided recurring revenue plans.
  • All IP – ignore others protocols such Z-Wave, ZigBee, X10 etc.
  • Money – spend a lot of money to promote the product and not for product itself.

I agree with those assertions except the first one. IMHO you can produce excellent lighting control system. But you didn’t provide for possibility extending it (on architecture level) it might be very difficult to add security or media functionality. You should design the system as multi-functional from the beginning. Otherwise all extensions will be just patches. Sure, there is no reason to delay with the first release till all functionality will be implemented. It can be done step by step.

Update: New version of this article with answers for some readers questions can be found here.

Control your x10 devices with HomeLife

Home Automation Software

The English company Lifetime Software offers its HomeLife – a software package which allows to control x10 devices via web interface or via phone. The system uses X10 CM12U (or equivalent) interface to connect x10 devices with PC. The software uses a true client/server architecture, the server runs as a windows service and communicates to clients using TCP/IP, giving you full remote access to your home automation system. The client uses the latest .NET framework to provide a modern and easy to use user interface.

There is a free version of HomeLife which allows to connect up to 4 devices. The activation of full-functional version is £34.99.
As you can see, this solution is only for Windows users. So, Linux geeks should find something else.MisterHouse, for example, or Plutohome.

[via eHomeUpgrade]

Plutohome is out!

pluto logo It took just a 22 days since Plutohome was released (I had time to review new version). But the is ready!There are just few highlighted changes: orbiter improvments and bug fixes, new UI2 was updated by adding computing and DVD menu, media file management was improved, fixed GC100 detection, updated MythTV and ATI drivers. The full change log may be found here.

Unfortunatelly, there are not any words about VDR integration and supporting of Nokia 770 as an Orbiter.

HomeSeer PRO-100 Series-II home automation controller

HomeSeer PRO-100 Series-II home automation controller

HomeSeer Technologies – Windows based home automation system producer, released its PRO-100 series-II second generation home automation controller. The unit features a 1.5GHz Intel Celeron processor, 1GB of DDR RAM, four RS-232 serial ports, a pair of USB 2.0 inputs, Ethernet, audio in / out and Windows XP already embedded.

“With the PRO-100, homeowners can interact with their homes in a way that’s most comfortable for them. The PRO-100 works with touchscreens, keypads, wireless remote controls, via voice recognition and remotely from any browser-based device. We even include a special interface for Microsoft’s Windows Media Center!” states Mark Colegrove, HomeSeer’s director of sales.

PRO-100 Series-II unit will begin shipping in December 2006. The price is not tagged yet.

[via Engadget]

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