Long time ago there was a Greek philosopher called Socrates. One of his most famous quotes is “I know that I know nothing”. Socrates lived in fifth century BC so he had no idea that over 2400 years later computers will know more about people than anybody else. As you most likely know, openHAB does not collect any data about its users. This means that in quite many cases some things are assumed and not backed by facts.
In order to throw some light into what community is - I would like to start few polls which will let you answer but also see results for questions which I mined this evening. If you have your own, place it below.
Often discussions on forums around specific topics are dominated by people from one or another edge of community. While long lasting arguments allow to nail down issue, they frequently do not make a proper base for decisions. That’s why I come with idea of very rough survey.
Hopefully next edition will be more precise! Let’s numbers speak!
Question 4 (Number of people which openHAB makes impact on) the options are ‘below 2’ (so that would be 1 or less) and 3 (or higher). For me this is exactly 2 which I cannot select
Question 12 (What is your primary hardware platform for running openHAB?) I guess some people will be using a laptop. I’m using an Intel NUC so I’m assuming this will fall into the Desktop PC category.
Question 12 is just about hardware - virtual machines needs to be hosted on something. You can run VMs on NAS, desktop, even on raspberrys. If we would have this option we could obfuscate hardware results. VM is a proper option to compare with Docker/openhabian - which could be a nice question for next “edition” (if we will have any).
You’re correct answers for 4th question miss “exactly two” - I added a note on this poll to mark first option if you have 2 or less subjects which are controlled by openHAB. Maybe some administrator will be able to update poll to avoid confusion later on.
On hardware platform - I don’t know NUC to well, as long as Intel allows you to swap memory and disk it is a compact PC platform. By size and extensibility it does not match a typical “embedded PC” where part of components is soldered upfront. Feel free to adjust your answer if necessary - we could add NUC as option in next run.
I also added question about software version in use. Thank you for suggestions and answers!
Eh… docker is not an installation method though. TMK, the current containers all use a manual installation. I agree though… it might be interesting data to collect and fits well in the installation methods.
Would be good to have an option in the vote that is along the lines of. Low usage is free but those that go over a threshold need to be foundation members. Google tts has used this model in the past/present and I like the model. New comers and people trialing a service get to use it for free and when someone starts using a server that may cause more bandwidth to be needed that raises costs it can be covered with a yearly membership and not monthly.
From the end user’s perspective it is. The acquisition , set up, and configuration is sufficiently different as to need it’s own installation instructions. You can’t just say “see the manual insurrections” to set up oh in Docker.
I’m not sure the laws that govern the non-profit status of the foundation would allow that.
Question 13 is , IMO, a bit confusing. Is it about my internet connectivity? Or about my openHAB setup? I selected the answer ‘My openHAB is offline’, since I’m not using myopenhab or an similar service to bring my setup online. But yes, I’m using an cable operator for my fixed internet connection…
An alternative solution would be for an enterprising OH user to set up their own cloud service–completely separate from myopenhab and the foundation–and start charging for access. myopenhab.com could then be maintained for people who aren’t ready to pay for it, or who are less concerned about reliability and on-demand support.
Mine is running in a VM on “serious” server hardware, so a matching category is still missing.
As this has proven to be the most reliable and managable setup to me (far superior over my previous struggles with the Raspberry Pi) it might have been a good idea to add this to the options.
Another point I’m missing is “stability and reliability” which I think is key for an automation system - something that is currently not one of the strongest arguments for OH (its been better before and I’m sure it will become more stable again in the future).
Nevertheless this poll is a good idea to get to know more about what is important to the community and where the focus should be set on.
I’m sorry to hear that I missed VM as installation method (?) and limited hardware selection to you. Polls hosted on forum have limitation to maximum 12 answers, we can’t have more and can’t edit poll after first 5 minutes. I haven’t had idea about that when I started writing above questions down. Due to limitations I had to adjust options after few hours of writing and trim them down.
Hardware should indeed have “Other” option and not only “Other NAS”.
With all above, I am really thankful for all suggestions, hopefully survey idea will evolve and within next run we will get better selection of answers. It was difficult to define all possible hardware platforms. This lead to placement of exotic platforms such MacOS, Rock 64 and RPi 1 which do not exist in community deployments. Next time we will be able to simply omit these and book place for serious hardware.