About to build for the first time, dont understand the point of the OS.
When I first starting seeing these projects, they all just pointed to a custom web page. I can imagine that not having to throw some HTML together and not having to host a web server is slightly advantageous. What is the true value of the OS? (Also, super stoked to find this group, subscribed) Speed Test Scrabble Word Finder
Free? Open source?
The fact that you can have a lot more background services then just with a regular webpage?
Just the fact that you can easily connect the gpio of a pie to a MM2 module.
As @broberg said: Freedom! You can do anything and you can use the OS itself for any further Raspbian things you would like. (A mirror as a jdownloader host? possible… Measuring temp in bath room directly using the mirror? possible…)
There are so many possibilities…
Also, you don’t necessarily have to throw any html or setup a web server. It’s all done automatically at the installation.
Yes, if you want to go forward there’s a lot to learn, but I have contributed / played with a lot of modules already and not written more than 3 lines of html (albeit lots of JS)
@seedhe - The module framework that @MichMich created is where the technique of hosting the mirror on a Pi really shines. While the Magic Mirror is more-or-less a customizable web page, the ability for the modules to call background processes adds a level of utility.
For example, I can put a static web page up on an Amazon cloud IP and just hit that from my mirror. It will display static data and maybe some things from various APIs, if I code it cleverly enough. But that’s about it.
With the OS working behind the scenes, I can display anything behind my firewall (IP cameras, weather stations, temperature sensors, PIR sensors, etc.). I can also plug in a camera and/or microphone and use the data from those devices in my modules.
It also allows you to scale up if you need to. A Raspi is pretty slick for its size and cost. But if you put something like a NUC behind it, you can use that processing power for some really cool features. Voice recognition, facial recognition, complex animations, etc.