I generally use Ubuntu, and as I’ve been having issues getting Mycroft to work on Ubuntu was wondering if there was a ppa to make it a cinch to install. I was initially pleased to see that there is indeed a ppa, but very dismayed to see that it hasn’t been updated in over 70 weeks. The kind of issue that I’m experiencing isn’t one that is insuperable, but rather of the nature of being a proverbial pain in the posterior, and one that would be enough to drive someone to use an alternative, one of the competition that is effectively fit and forget - namely the Google, Amazon or Microsoft variety. This basically means that Mycroft, for all its very laudable qualities, such as respecting privacy and being open source, is a fail in that it’s not fit and forget. True, using the alternatives means that I’d have to buy yet another box to have somewhere on a shelf in my living room, or wherever else I use a voice assistant, and which has been suggested to me as the easy work around for Mycroft too. The weakness there is that Mycroft is still very much a Work In Porgress, and things are likely to change quite radically as the system develops - and besides, I’m someone who is very much trying to go the convergence route so that I avoid a proliferation of boxes in my living space. I want to run the system on my one main computer that I use for a multiplicity of functions - everyday desktop pc, media centre, gaming machine, graphical design workspace and a host of other functions. I’d also like to use this machine to run a voice assistant. If needs be, I will mess about until I get it to work, but realistically, unless Mycroft is pretty much install and forget, it will be something that is very much on the back burner for many potential users.
I understand that it’s a project in flux, as it develops, and I am contributing towards the translation, as it is the only voice assistant project that is likely to be available in my language. However, if there isn’t a non-techie easy-to-intall version, many would be users, who could provide valuable user feedback to the project, just through their everyday usage, will go elsewhere. There is of course a vital role for those who want to be more hands on, and techie in their contributions, but I think the point I make is one that should be seriously considered. On balance, the very fact that Mycroft is unique amongst voice assistant projects to respect user privacy as a fundamental aspect is probably a USP that should swing it as far as many are concerned, but unless it’s easy to use, by those of us who want it on our desktops, as well as in in yet another box, I suspect that people will downplay the privacy aspects and choose the commercial alternatives that spy on every aspect of their lives.