Very true. But here we have the situation that we can observe the most common beginner questions. And if we can avoid 90% of them --> So much relief for the supporters. And people can finally think about cool solutions with openHAB and not how to cope with and workaround its limitations.
If we are facing the truth: openHAB cannot even be used as a simple drop-in hue bridge replacement.
- No UI controllable timers/alarms/scheduled-tasks (however we end up calling those),
- no scenes,
- no unified visual concept (old-sitemaps vs widget-based in habpanel),
- no easy rules (if motion detected, switch that).
That’s sad. Such a simple use-case (some light actors, some sensors and a way to glue them together) should also be simple to setup.
My vision that I’m working on with my projects is to get to that state with OH.
- MQTT being the first piece (next to Hue, MQTT is the big thing among IoT devices and DIY devices). So that you can add your Things with a button click.
- A nice setup&maintenance UI to manage your things and items. No text files involved. And to click and place your rules, install rule templates and so on.
- The part that I will not tackle, because of lack of time, is the control UI part. I hope that the widget distribution for habPanel can be improved and that Yannick can present a nice UI for controlling openHAB and managing sitemaps and so on.
Because some people here have the imagination of a meatball: No that doesn’t mean other features of OH are removed. Just the above use-case will be easy to reach.
It is also quite sad, that there is no OH visions document that sets those things in stone somehow.