In relation to metrics as referenced in my earlier post.
I believe that if ROON captured metrics it might see a business case for supporting Linux at a greater level. ROON being an audio app caters to a very large worldwide community of moderate and advance DIY’ers. Many of us enjoy the ‘hobby’ aspect of listening to audio from our computers.
With all of that said, not only the industry (see Bryston et.al.) but many audio enthusiast turn to Linux as the solution to their audio needs. Full fledged Linux support should not only be on your radar but on the front burner as a top priority.
Large audiences and economies of scale would also justify moving away from the stand alone app scheme and instead move toward a web browser UI.
Of course ROON already knows that a very large number of people are waiting at the gates for ‘any’ other music service support. Even LastFM, Shoutcast or TuneIn Radio would be enough for many to sign on and purchase the product.
Why has Linux grown and thrived in an environment were multi billion dollar cooperations live? Open source, is why, without being open source Android would not have grown as it has in such a short time. A planet full of people who have the computer skills to make most anything possible without having business or other restrictions means free product growth, increased interest and eventually value added features floating to the top. Much of what of baked into Android now, came from normal people working on a great feature which everyone liked. Being open source is the reason why Squeezebox is not only still a viable choice, but the go to choice for many and pretty much the benchmark of audio software. Without the work of Triod and other contributors Squeezebox would have faded away into nothingness. Think open source.