X10 hardware is avaliable to buy in sweden (and also something called waveman) but is ZigBee or Z-Wave better?
I am looking to dim the lights when I turn a movie on or turn on all lights as soon as I come home (perhaps turn off all the lights from the bed)
Waveman is based on a proprietary protocol developed by Aurex Industries in Taiwan.
As to whether Zigbee or z-wave is better... I'm not sure thats the right question to ask. At present we do not have a driver for Zigbee - it would be great to have one though. The current problem with Zigbee though is that as far as I can tell there are no companies out there manufacturing devices you can actually install in a home - there are plenty of companies selling the zigbee radio modules to build into devices but thats about it.
We need to make it easier to add drivers for new home automation control technologies to LinuxMCE - LinuxMCE is 'agnostic' about which standard or protocol is actually used already but adding driver support is not as easy as it could be. Partly that is because of a lack of documentation and partly because we need to have a more developed framework into which protocol specific drivers can be quickly added. Work on this is underway.