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Re: hacking a home with free technology and Debian

On Sat, Sep 15, 2018 at 12:45:08AM +0200, Daniel Pocock wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> I've got an interesting opportunity to completely replace all the
> sockets, lights, heating controls and appliances in my Dublin house with
> things that are free or easily hackable.

For lighting, I maintain the ola packages, for "open lighting
architecture". It is originally meant for controlling stage lighting
through the DMX protocol, but it now supports many more protocols too,
including some popular SPI protocols that are used on LED strips, and a
number of other things that might be useful for home lighting (for mood
lighting, etc). There are various APIs available for ola, including a
RESTful one, that allow you to, say, change lighting based on some
programmed input.

They maintain a list of the hardware they support at

The software also comes with a browser-based UI to manually control
lighting; I added a screenshot of that to screenshots.debian.net; or you
can load the "dummy" testing plugin and play with it on your laptop to
see what it can do.

I don't know whether this is the kind of thing you're looking for, but
it might be.

Could you people please use IRC like normal people?!?

  -- Amaya Rodrigo Sastre, trying to quiet down the buzz in the DebConf 2008

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