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Turnkey Goals

The TurnkeyStart project aims to maximize the DS potential through genuine Open Source/Open? Platform DS access and control.

Primary Goal: Reduce Customer Barrier to Entry for Linn DS Purchase and Enjoyment: No Hassles

Linn should minimize any logistical barrier(s) to entry for any Linn DS prospective customer. The purchase experience should be a No-Hassle experience. The process to plan, purchase, and install should be Turnkey trivial. The workflow to play, manage, organize, and expand a music collection should be compatible with existing customer workflows regardless of their non-Windows (or Windows) preferences.

Many prospective Linn DS customers find the DS difficult to fit into existing systems due to its exclusively Windows.Net technology base. Potential problems include setup difficulties, onerous and undesirable software requirements, and incompatibility with preexisting large digital music collections (e.g.,  Apple Lossless Audio Codec) preventing lossless files to do double-duty for iTunes and DS enjoyment. Many problems arise from these incompatibilities such as unreliable access to the DS, burdensome music workflows, reduced quality of converted material, unnecessary duplication of large music libraries, manual management of doubled library, duplicate but incompatible music library software, music tagging and typoes require double-duty to fix, etc.. In other words, the music enjoyment workflow can grow considerably to prevent seamless enjoyment of music (or worse) with a Windows.Net Linn DS.

We believe, with a little consideration and cooperation from Linn, a more Open Platform approach to DS configuration, access, control, and audio formats would help alleviate or eliminate these difficulties and concerns and expand the DS with full access into existing Linn households, markets, and beyond.

Three Secondary Goals

1. Turnkey Setup and Control: Create Positive Out-Of-Box Experience, and Reach All Customers

Ease the setup and control of Linn DS product(s) for any non-Windows.Net customers (and potentially Windows customers as well). The DS is made to play music. The setup and control can be onerous, problematic, and frustrating. Turnkey setup would provide a lightweight and convenient solution. The goal would be to have an out-of-box experience that starts off with music. Then additional customizations could take advantage of platform specific solutions (e.g., Windows.Net or iPhone based software solutions). All Linn customers should be able to enjoy the DS right out of the box.

2. Ease of Programming: Foster Full Open Source Interest, and Expand Into New Markets

Provide a genuine Open Platform programming solution for the DS family in the hopes of realizing the full potential of the Open Source philosophy Linn has adopted. Open Source predicates itself on open access. Any vendor specific platform (e.g., Windows.Net) tends to fly in the face of that Open Source principle. A principle Turnkey Project goal is to find a robust work around or work through for the Windows.Net mote of the Linn DS. By bringing the DS to the Open Platform programming model, Turnkey Project intends to create full access to the DS programming model and foster as much Open Source interest in the DS as possible. A healthy Open Source community should lead to more options for customers, and more creative solutions employing the DS. Linn could expand into new markets with the support of a healthy and creative Open Platform software community.

3. Support for Existing Digital Music Libraries and Systems: Handle Existing Audio Assets, Solutions, and Workflows

Many Linn customers have Linn Kivors or/and iTunes in their audio systems. The new DS is incredible machinery and a huge upgrade for virtually any system. However, it needs to accomodate existing legacy assets, fit into existing audio solutions, and dovetail with existing customer workflows. For instance, some customers have extensive Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) music libraries. Ideally, the DS would seamlessly access such a library. ALAC support would solve legacy problems and provide a single-format way to solve the iTunes/LinnDS HighDef? file format problem. ALAC would provide a single lossless file format that both the LinnDS and iTunes could share. Logistically (not to mention file space), this convergence on a single file format would be a potentially huge boon to any iTunes/DS customer. These simplifications would have positive consequences for many customers.

It would be nice also if a variety of Kivor solutions could be solved with a drop-in of a DS device, or at least some reasonable facsimile of the Kivor multi-room performance, e.g., party-mode. These goals require some Linn cooperation to enable file format compatibility by the Linn DS, Kivor capabilities via DS product line, and general support of existing customer solutions with the "upgraded" product line. Serious customers with serious solutions need to be taken seriously.


Bridge the Windows.Net Gap

One big goal of TurnkeyStart is to bridge the gap that Linn introduces with their Windows.Net mote around the DS family. Open Source (as well as commercial) solutions would be radically simplified and easier to come by with a simple ReSTful web access to the Linn DS. In other words, Windows.Net presents a high threshold of entry just to communicate with the DS productively. A lightweight open platform solution could make DS access relatively trivial, and open the door to many more parties with far less effort.

Then we could see the true benefits of Open Source for DS with ready access to a wide variety of custom, niche, and even personal Librarian Controllers (a la iTunes media library + controller). And innovations in Librarian Controllers could find their way to Linn DS family support much more easily with an open web platform.

Simplify Programming Model

Bypassing Windows.Net should simplify the programming model to access and control the DS, and provide a wide range of alternative approaches to handling the media Library+Controller application.

Increase Robustness

A simpler programming model and system leads to increased robustness, less complicated networking and software configuration (with luck and perhaps a bit of cooperation from Linn).

Increase Software Control Options

Easier programming leads to more interest among commercial and Open Source outfits, leading to more choices, variety, and options for customers.

Accelerate Support for New Devices, New Media

Ease of programming should accelerate and ease support for new devices and streaming media.

Open the Doors to Open Platform/Open? Source Programming for the Linn DS

Without genuine Open Platform support, the Linn DS Open Source effort is self-limited if not hobbled. The Turnkey Project seeks to remove that limitation.

Foster Turnkey Solutions for the Rest of Us

The Linn DS out-of-box experience can be harrowing if you're not a Windows.Net user. This effort seeks to minimize the hurdles to running a DS product on a non-Windows.Net platform. With luck, this effort will lead to a wide variety of smooth Turnkey Solution even for non-Windows customers. Immediate Gratification for new customers would be ideal here.

Ease Retail

Retailers for Linn's DS should not need to list caveats in the sale of a DS system, or interrogate customers about their computer preferences. Linn's Windows.Net mote gets in the way of DS sales and customer adoption. Retailers need TurnkeySolutions that cater to all the usual customer preferences. The Turnkey Project seeks to alleviate the undue stress and from sales obstacles from the Linn Windows.Net requirement for DS. Ready-made Turnkey solutions could seal the deal for many wary, fence-sitting customers.

Ease Support

Turnkey solutions could ease support with solutions specific to a variety of platforms.

See also: TurnkeyStart, TurnkeySolutions