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Anyone using the Nuvo P3100 or other whole-house audio system components in a Linux-only household?

The hardware and feature set seem like what we want.  but the docs are all very Android/iOS/Windows/MacOS specific, there are no useful technical docs on the protocols used, the control plane and music library access apps all appear proprietary, and I suspect the box itself is yet another GPL-violating consumer device (diagnostic docs on the web site make it pretty clear the box runs Linux inside)...

So, anyone know more about the system than I've been able to discover online?:
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You could of course just get yourself an amplifier and some ARM boards and build such a thing yourself.
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In various talks about the FreedomBox project, I've mentioned my excitement about the Novena platform... a fully open design laptop project.  I have one of the current prototype circuit boards, and it's a very cool piece of hardware...  If you want one too, you need to act quickly, as the campaign over on Crowd Supply ends soon!
A new open-hardware computing platform, flexible and powerful, designed for use as a desktop, laptop, or standalone board.
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I met Bunnie at Maker Fair yesterday at the Novena booth.
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One of the things I do is represent individual members on the board of the Linux Foundation.  If you're not a member of the LF, and want to be, note that between now and 10 December there's a special deal where when you sign up and pay the annual dues, a portion goes to the World Wildlife Fund to support emperor penguins...
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Altus Metrum announces our first-ever Black Friday sale!
Altus Metrum is pleased to announce our first-ever "Shiny Black Friday" event! We're combining a special, one-time discount on TeleMini products with a price reduction on TeleMetrum boards ... and a n...
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Debian has been accepted as mentoring application for the Google Summer of Code 2012. Are you an interested student? Look at the list of projects at:
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Finally got around to replacing "big blue" in the cocktail-table Asteroids machine in our basement. Wow. What a difference one capacitor can make. I only wish I'd done it sooner... Game on!
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A few thoughts to mark the first anniversary of the fire...
A year ago today, on 11 June 2013, daughter Elizabeth and I smelled smoke, kicking off an adrenalin-pumped afternoon evacuating our home, which was located very close to the point of origin of the Black Forest Fire. The short version is that we ended up losing our house and most of our "stuff", ...
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People, pets, photos and computers. Everything else is replaceable.
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I've had a great time over the last few weeks helping son Robert build a custom guitar... it sounds great! He just posted a selection of photos from the build process on flickr, many of which I took.
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After the fire, some of his friends chipped in and bought him a nice Fender amp with built-in DSP effects that's really cool... But there are a few things that deserve discrete pedals we're likely to tackle soon...
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+Keith Packard  and I introduced a new Altus Metrum product and associated software updates today.
Keith and I have discovered a change in the behavior of the protection circuits integrated in the LiPo batteries we sell for use with Altus Metrum products that poses a risk for our customers. This post is meant to document what we now know, communicate changes we're planning as a result, ...
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I am pleased to announce that HP accepted my application for participation in this year's Enhanced Early Retirement program. After 26.5 years, my last day at HP will be 31 August 2012. This isn't beca...
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Rumor has you at Samsung now. Retirement over, need to get that new house funded! Congrats on the new gig.
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Very pleased to see this decision!
San Francisco - A federal appeals court has found a Florida man's constitutional rights were violated when he was imprisoned for refusing to decrypt data on several devices. This is the first time...
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That was cool. I've never seen an OTP token emit all 8s before... I almost didn't type it in!
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Once in 100,000 when you don't specify which exact digit.  If each lasts for 30 seconds it will happen roughly once a month.
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