I must say this has been an interesting thread which shows the considerable software expertise of folks in the forum. As a programmer in another age I can appreciate and understand the issues being discussed.
I have imaged for about 8 years and operate an automated system using a windows laptop and the usual tools – Maxim, FocusMax, SkyX and CCDAutopilot. This system delivers images 98 percent of the time and when it doesn’t it is usually a USB problem.
So I ask why would I change this and move to a theoretically better architecture with new hardware and a steep learning curve? How would Linux with INDI drivers make my imaging world better? What would it do that I can’t do now.
I would rather capture data and process images than experiment with new software. Until there are real benefits from a new architecture the “business case” for a change is just not there for me.