- Is there any “contract” how long funding will last for the project? Who funds development?
So far I’m relying on public funding.
- Will the software/project remain open-source and free to end users?
Cande is just Webthings 1.1 plus some unique addons. All the source code for those addons is on Github, although not all of them have an open source license. Maybe in the future there could be a businessmodel?
- Is a docker image planned? I expect that due to linux integration and the extra addons this could be difficult to implement.
No, sorry. The disk image is highly optimised for the Raspberry Pi, and has lots of higly integrated special features. For example, the main partition is read-only to avoid accidental damage, and it has the ability to act as a bluetooth speaker through BlueAlsa.
- After WebThingsIO stagnation I’ve installed Home Assistant on a spare Linux box to migrate to over a year or 3. It’s sometims difficult to use/configure, even at my technical level, but it’s very easy for known devices that don’t require manual configuration settings. Providing a simple interface and addons that just work is key.
Yes, ease of use is vital. Candle’s target audience is beginners who care about privacy.
- Is there a plan already in place to support MATTER/TREAD? Without this candle is a dead project. Is candle a member of the matter working group?
Candle is a privacy research project, not a big commercial party. The goal is
(1) to explore new ways to protect privacy
(2) to find out how privacy protections can be made easy to use.
I don’t believe the success of a smart home system only relies on how many technologies or protocols it supports. For example, we recommend specific devices to purchase in order to keep privacy 100% protected. Quality over quantity.
On that note: the Matter standard is not privacy friendly - Google is attempting to have all IoT devices be able to autonomously connect to the internet, destroying Zigbee’s barriers in the process. That said, if Webthings gains a Matter addon it will also work on Candle (since it’s just Webthings 1.1).