Linux Smart Homes For Dummies, ISBN: 0-7645-9823-6

Title: Linux Smart Homes For Dummies
Author: Neil Cherry (
Paperback: 364 pages
Publisher: Wiley Publishing, (For Dummies; Book and CD)
Published: August 14, 2006
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0764598236
ISBN-13: 978-0764598234

Yes the book is real (I can't believe it either)!

About the Author

  • Neil Cherry has been working with computers, computer electronics, and software since 1978. He has been playing with X10 since 1982. He began automating his home in 1992 when a friend gave him an X10 computer interface, and he started the Linux Home Automation Web site ( in 1996. When he's not riding his bicycle or playing with home automation, he works for AT&T Research Lab South, Middletown, NJ, as a Test Engineer. You can reach him by e-mail at

About the Contributors

  • Terry Collings is the owner of TAC Technology, located in eastern Pennsylvania. He provides Linux consulting and training services to a variety of clients. Terry has been an adjunct faculty member at several colleges in his area where he taught A + and Network + certification courses. He also taught courses on UNIX, Linux, TCP/IP, and Novell Netware. Terry is the author of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 For Dummies, has co-authored three editions of Red Hat Networking and System Administration and contributed to several other Linux books. He was the technical editor for the following books: KDE Bible, The Samba Book, UNIX Weekend Crash Course, Red Hat Linux 9 For Dummies, Solaris 9 For Dummies, Fedora Linux 2 For Dummies, and Linux Timesaving Techniques For Dummies.
  • Gurdy Leete is a co-author of For Dummies, a technical editor for Free Software For Dummies, and the co-author of five other popular com- puter books. He's also an award-winning software engineer and a co-author of the Multitile plug-in for the GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP). Gurdy teaches digital imaging, graphic design, Web design, video, and animation at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, where he has been a pioneer in using GNU/Linux applications in undergraduate art and design classes. His blog, titled Free Software for Art, Music and Personal Creativity, is at
  • Mary Leete wrote Free Software For Dummies and co-wrote For Dummies. She has a B.S. in Computer Science and a Masters in Professional Writing, and she lives to write code as well as write about it. Mary has extensive experience as a systems analyst and programmer with a multitude of software on way too many platforms. She is also a freelance Web designer, a video producer, and an award-winning screenwriter, and she has written under contract for the producer of The Buddy Holly Story, among others.


Part I - Bringing the Future Home

  • Exploring the Possibilities of Home Automation
  • Filling your Home Automation Toolkit with Linux Software

Part II - Connecting Multiple Computers without the Wires

  • Going Wireless
  • Creating a Wireless Access Point
  • Routing Network Traffic for Free

Part III - Entertaining your Brain with a Little Help from Linux

  • Building a Personal Video recorder with MythTV
  • Streaming Music without the Wires
  • Having Fun with a Webcam
  • Setting up a Smart Phone System

Part IV - Keeping a linux Eye on the Sky

  • Letting Linux watch the Weather for You
  • Setting up Freeze and Flood Alerts
  • Staying Comfortable with Thermostat Controls

Part V - X10-ding your Enviroment with Home Automation

  • Introducing X10 Home Automation Hardware
  • Using X10 without the Wires

Part VI - Controlling and Securing Your Automation Network

  • Controlling Your House with MisterHouse
  • Controlling X10 from MisterHouse
  • Using the Web Interface for Remote Control
  • Keeping Control of your Controls

Part VII - The Part of Tens

  • Ten Cool Chores You Can Automate
  • Ten Gadgets Worth Checking Out


Linux Home Automation

If you have questions about Home Automation and/or Linux you may email me at This email address is not for unsolicated email (if I didn't opt-in then it's unsolicated).