FOSDEM '08 is a free and non-commercial event organised by the community, for the community. Its goal is to provide Free and Open Source developers a place to meet.


Schedule: Minerva: house automation suite

Steven Goodwin
Day Sunday
Room Ferrer
Start time 16:00
End time 16:15
Duration 00:15
Event type Lightning-Talk
Track Lightning Talks
Language English
Slides (PDF)
Video (Ogg/Theora)
Minerva: house automation suite

The talk will cover the architecture necessary to run a house through software, the ubiquitous web browser, and the issues involved in this hitherto uncharted field. It will also detail the basic abstractions in the house automation field, showing how Minerva lets you control the systems currently supported, and how new 'conduits' can be added. A quick run-through of various features will follow. There should also be the time to cover the subtleties of home automation.

Minerva is a complete, easy to use, home automation suite. Using Minerva you can make your home easier and cheaper to run and more secure. With Minerva you can: switch on your lights from anywhere, using a mobile phone or PC; email your video; check your security CCTV footage; control your central heating and much more. It runs on GNU/Linux, but exists in its own mini eco-system, with its own list of users, set of scripts, and functionality. It relies on command line tools to perform all of its many tasks, and can therefore be run from virtually any platform (smartphone, PDA, laptop or remote PC) with identical functionality. Minerva's visionary grand design is to provide a means whereby every piece of home technology can be interfaced together through common and Open technology - and that technology is Minerva!