I am feeling a bit nostalgic today, so I will bother you with memories of the past – how it all got started when I was 12 years old. For more than 20 years my soldering iron (Weller, of course!), my oscilloscope, my pile of spare components, home-made PCB’s and other stuff has been stashed away in a few boxes in a dark place. Recently in a burst of nostalgia, I grabbed these boxes from the attic and started snooping around. It brought back memories of etching PCB’s in my mom’s backing dish (she hated that!), countless hours of finding the flaw in a circuit I built on a breadboard and assembler programming on home built microprocessor systems just to flash some LED’s or 7-segment displays.

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Home Automation on steroids

This is the first in a series of blog posts about my adventures into home automation (HA) land with openHAB and it will be primarily about building and preparing the Linux (Debian) based system. In next articles we will dive into the details of setting up a HA system with openHAB and some other tools. This is focused on my particular setup, but you will most likely pick-up a thing or two to apply to your own environment. Let's go to the process of getting a Linxu system up and running.

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