A Linux smart home is about controlling and monitoring devices and information around your home using a standard personal computer, Linux, and its vast array of open source tools. You dont have to be a master programmer to create one. If you like to tinker with Linux, Linux Smart Homes For Dummies will guide you through cool home automation projects that are as much fun to work on as they are to use.Home automation used to be limited to turning on lights and appliances, and maybe controlling your thermostat and lawn sprinkler, from your computer. While you still might not be able to create all the Jetsons toys, today you can alsoBuild a wireless networkCreate and set up a weather stationAutomate your TV and sound systemSpy on your pets when youre not homeSet up an answering system that knows what to do with callsIncrease your homes securityIf you know how to use Linux and a few basic development tools Perl, the BASH shell, development libraries, and the GNU C compilerLinux Smart Homes For Dummies will help you do all these tricks and more. For example, you canDiscover the best sources for Linux-based home automation devicesSet up a wireless network, create a wireless access point, build a bridge between wired and wireless networks, and route your own network trafficBuild a personal video recorder with MythTV that will record to DVD, or set up a wireless streaming music systemCreate a smart phone system that takes messages and forwards them to your fax, modem, or answering machineBuild a weather station that notifies you of severe weather alertsControl and secure your home automation network, and even check on your house when youre awayThe bonus CD-ROM includes all kinds of cool open source software for your home automation projects. Linux Smart Homes For Dummies even includes lists of cool gadgets to check out and great ways to automate those boring household chores. A smart homes a happy home!

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