What About WiFi?
I wanted to take a moment to explain a couple changes that you no doubt will notice. One, the image of the BUGbase on the homepage and product pages is about to change (here’s a preview). We are starting our shipments with a special, limited production, version of the BUGbase. We’re calling it
the “Hiro P Edition”. This version is slightly different from the final production version we will ship later this year. What makes it special? Two things (otherwise they are functionally equivalent).
First, the Hiro P user interface is based on a joystick navigation system while on the full production version it is replaced with a panel-based button system. Second, the Hiro P BUGbases do not have
built-in wifi capability. This is the main reason we have two different BUGbase versions. Let me explain.
In a pure, GPL, open source world, getting Wifi working is tricky. In fact, it’s almost impossible. Not because the hardware isn’t available, though getting a vendor to even talk to you as a small company is difficult, it’s the software drivers. Until recently, they simply haven’t existed in a form we could use. I won’t go into all the
technical reasons why (I’ll leave that to the forums) but suffice to say, we couldn’t get it ready in time for our first committed ship date while remaining true to our commitment to stay 100% open source.
To help address the need for Wifi in the short term we are currently designing a BUGmodule that will provide 802.11g support for the Hiro P. We expect to have it available in the next few months and we’ll be offering it to you at our production cost (plus shipping and handling). Hopefully this will be a good way to provide wireless connectivity to your BUGbase without having to waiting for the next version. The full
production version of the BUGbase is also in development and we’ll be announcing its availability in the coming weeks. We completely understand the value of wireless connectivity and are committed to providing it and not only Wifi but many other flavors as well!
We can’t wait to begin this next phase of our growth – actually getting hardware into the hands of our users and seeing what develops. We will be active participants ourselves and look forward to discussing
everything we’re up to here at Bug Labs both in our forums and on this blog. Stay tuned and please let us know what you think! Thanks.