Linux lab: Mozilla's WebThings Gateway

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Article from Issue 230/2020
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The smart home is gaining momentum, and Mozilla joins the fray. Mozilla WebThings is billed as an open platform for managing IoT devices. We decided to investigate.

Many Internet of Things (IoT) solutions are proprietary tools that limit choice and compromise user privacy. As one might expect, the open source community, which has always prized freedom and openness, has been hard at work on solutions that would avoid the many problems associated with vendor lock-in.

The Mozilla project recently added a promising new technology to the IoT mix. Mozilla's WebThings [1] is an implementation of the Web of Things architecture, which attempts to build the IoT around proven and well known Internet technologies, such as REST, HTTP, and JSON.

According to Mozilla's website, WebThings consists of two primary components:

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