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Ubiquiti Announces RouterStation Challenge Winners 87

Riskable writes "Remember that $200,000 Contest For a Better Open-WRT Wireless Router GUI? Today Ubiquiti posted the winning entries to their support wiki. The grand prize was a tie between PyCI (written by yours truly) and NETSHe with OpenNET as the runner up. Source code and firmware images for each entry are available for download on their respective wiki pages. I'll be setting up a project page for PyCI (and l2sh) soon to make it a participatory open source product. Even if you don't have a RouterStation, or don't care about OpenWRT, there are numerous Python modules and tools inside of PyCI that could prove useful to other open source projects (e.g. can read/interpret over 400 permutations of the iptables command). I'll also be checking the comments if anyone has any questions for me about PyCI or the contest in general. BTW: I'd like to thank all the commenters in the original article that insinuated that the technical requirements were impossible and/or that making a GUI to configure such complex things is a waste of time. I read every one and I wouldn't have made it such an obsession otherwise!"
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Ubiquiti Announces RouterStation Challenge Winners

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  • Collaboration (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Lorien_the_first_one (1178397) on Thursday November 05, 2009 @09:38PM (#30002622)
    Wow. Thanks for the story about that. I'm not a programmer, but I'm impressed with the work you and people like you do with open source projects.

    That was really refreshing to read.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 05, 2009 @10:33PM (#30002848)

    This is only tangentially related but for anyone wanting a drop-down terminal natively on their desktop

    For Gnome, apt-get install tilda
    For KDE, apt-get install yakuake
    For OSX, Visor

    For Windows... command line? lol.

  • practical questions (Score:4, Interesting)

    by bcrowell (177657) on Thursday November 05, 2009 @10:45PM (#30002892) Homepage

    I'm currently running OpenWRT+Gargoyle on my linksys wrt54g. The reason I picked OpenWRT and Gargoyle was that at the time they seemed to be pretty much the only options if you wanted a fully free-as-in-speech OS and interface on your router. However, Gargoyle is pretty feature-poor.

    From a cursory look at the links, I'm still left with some questions. (1) Are these systems really usable and debugged at this point, or are they just proof-of-concept mockups, or early alphas or something? (2) I don't know what RouterStation is, or what Ubiquiti is. Are these general-purpose interfaces that could run on my linksys hardware, or are they specialized to certain hardware?

  • by Enderandrew (866215) <> on Thursday November 05, 2009 @11:09PM (#30002958) Homepage Journal

    Can someone recommend some good hardware to run these on?

    Last time I bought a router, Linksys was doing their best to kill the WRT line it seemed by putting out new routers with less memory, and slower processors.

    I bought a D-Link DIR 655 because it has a fast processor, does 802.11n, and has gigabit ports. Is there any hardware out there that is comparable (or better) that I can throw Linux on?

  • by mirix (1649853) on Thursday November 05, 2009 @11:12PM (#30002968)
    routerstation is a router board made by ubiquiti []

    Looks a fair bit more powerful than say, a wrt54G, so I'm doubting this will run on one..?

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