Smart? Home Automation with SOME linux and A VERY LITTLE Raspberry Pi,
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This book epitomises the current state of home automation: fragmented, incoherent with the odd nugget of real information.
With a title like this you might expect a detailed guide on how to employ Raspberry Pi's to automate your home using linux, but the PI section begins on p271 of 292 and part of that is a description of what a Pi is.
If the rest of the book was good I would have given it three stars. Sadly, it is dreadfully structured - starting with a long exposition on X10, which really seems to be just a cover for advertorial for Marmitek products. It would have been much better if the first three chapters had been moved to the end and it started with Chapter 4, which covers the physical practicalities and is a more logical point to begin from.
There are some glaring omissions - for instance 'security' does not feature in the index at all. If you are going to automate your home this will generate private data and you need to plan to secure that data.
There is a real need for a good guide to home automantion, but this is not it.