if you're going to do things like that, the user interfaces have to be melded together to seem cohesive.
One thing I have not heard from ANYONE on this forum, or on the lists, or on the wiki, is an emphasis of an overall aesthetic and vision. That's okay, most of you are programmers interested in functionality....
I want something more....
The threat of breaking apart the appliance aspect of the system is that an overall consistent vision may very well be lost in the process as the entire system is cannibalised, and if that happens, I _am_ going back to Pluto.
The whole point of a smart home system is to have something transparent, and fluid...if the system architecture does not go in this direction, it will always be this nuisance to use, and configure. In the end, I want something I can install, set up, forget. and I could give a flying FUCK about what distribution is used, what programs are underneath, so long as the system is consistent, and if I have to bulldoze my way through everyone to show you all what a consistent system is, so be it.
(yes, I _am_ being instigatory, programmers are not the best people to do user interface work.)