FOSS and todays network streamers

This isn’t really a question, just some thoughts…

Many of todays network players provide their streaming capabilities thanks to open source software.

I would go so far to say that the majority are ‘just’ linux boxes with loads of free software whacked on. Parcelled in a nice box. Even some high end brands.

I’m not going to name names, but there are literally hundreds.

Many of these companies are selling products with messages like:

Features: Roon ready / UPNP / Airplay 2*
*With future firmware upgrade

If you are following the open source community you will know that Shairport sync is miles away from having Airplay 2 compatibility.

I think it’s a bit cheeky that they are selling products like this.

I wonder how many of these companies are actively participating in the development of this software?

Also, to find a streamer that is Roon Ready, and that has Airplay 2 is a challenge at the moment. There are hardly any on the market, and those that are, are very expensive - due to in-house dev teams.

I’m waiting for that day when i can have a 1 box solution that fulfils my Roon based needs, and my families Airplay 2 multiroom based needs.

To the future…

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Thanks for the heads-up on the reality behind the messaging. Much appreciated.