Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS - “UPSes suck and need to be disrupted”
In February, developer and open source software advocate Eric S Raymond ranted that the Uninterruptible Power Supply market was overdue for open source disruption, and touched so many nerves around the world that the rant has become a project.
Last week, ESR opened up the work-in-progress on GitLab: the Upside project is currently defining requirements and developing a specification for a “high quality UPS that can be built from off-the-shelf parts in any reasonably well-equipped makerspace or home electronics shop”.
ESR's original post, “UPSes suck and need to be disrupted” (see http://esr.ibiblio.org/?p=7839), set down his own complaints about what's sold to consumer/SOHO users: batteries with “so little deep-cycle endurance” that they can't last beyond a few years, and whose dwell-time is oversold by vendors.
|Rant launches Eric Raymond's next project: open-source the UPS
Batteries suck, chargers suck, monitoring sucks: surely we can do better than this