1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking Benchmarking Platform
Phoromatic Test Orchestration

Moto: From Dining To Open-Source Software

Free Software

Published on 09 August 2011 10:41 AM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in Free Software
2 Comments

Two months ago there was a mention of Moto on Phoronix as being a place for a wonderful (and tasty) high-tech dinner. At the time it was mentioned just for their use of interesting technologies to make wonderful dishes, and partnerships with NASA and other organizations to conduct food research. Come to find out, my favorite American restaurant is also entering the open-source software business. The restaurant is working on some interesting open-source code... In particular, they're hoping to revolutionize restaurant management software with this project they have been working on, dubbed Moto Matrix.

Moto restaurant mentions, "This software program will be the first point of sale system to become fully automated and ready for commercial use in 2012. It encompasses every aspect of business management including providing up to the minute profit and loss analysis, managing profit and loss and cost control analysis."

The video they have published on Moto Matrix (the video is embedded below) also claims, "It will be open source and can speak any language with voice commands. Literally." So while many open-source users may not be interested in restaurant software directly, assuming this code does end up being publicly open-source, some other side-dependencies developed as a result may be interesting in their own right. From the video, there's even integration with alerting them about cleaning/checking the bathroom, among other features. I assume it will have a plug-in style architecture.

This software has been reportedly in development for years by Cantu Designs, which is the consulting firm founded by Homaro Cantu, the executive chef and founder of Moto. The design firm is reportedly venturing even beyond just food and open-source software and into aerospace and famine relief as well. They've already designed their own utensils and other items for the restaurant.

Moto: From Dining To Open-Source Software


After the June dinner when touring their kitchen, I had also saw their restaurant software at the time, which appears to be an earlier version of this software. At that time I saw it running under Mac OS X, so a port to Linux should be relatively straight-forward if there isn't one already.

If the quality of their software is as good as their food, the restaurant world is in for a real treat.


Now if only there was this software at Augustiner's Oktoberfest tent, my Maß of Augustiner Hell and Hendl might arrive even faster! Or arguably, even better for Augustiner Keller and the other Munich establishments... But for any of the open-source Linux developers coming to Chicago next month for the X.Org Developers' Conference, if you are looking to dine at a fabulous open-source-friendly restaurant, be sure to make your reservations quickly for Moto Restaurant. Presumably the same software is also being tested at Homaro's other less-expensive restaurant (iNG Restaurant), but I haven't been there yet to know if that's the case.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Articles & Reviews
  1. GeForce GTX 750 Series: Nouveau vs. NVIDIA Linux Driver Performance
  2. GLAMOR + RadeonSI 2D Acceleration Is Quite Good For Open-Source AMD 2D Performance
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290 OpenGL On Ubuntu 15.04: Catalyst vs. RadeonSI Gallium3D
  4. Ubuntu 15.04 Offers Faster OpenGL For AMD Radeon GPUs On Open-Source
  5. Ubuntu 15.04 Brings Some Graphics Performance Improvements For Intel Haswell
  6. Sub-$20 802.11n USB WiFi Adapter That's Linux Friendly
Latest Linux News
  1. The Unity 8 Items Being Worked On For The Ubuntu Desktop
  2. Fresh, 5-Way Linux Distribution Benchmarks On Amazon's EC2 Cloud
  3. OpenGL 4.1 Extension Implemented For Intel Mesa Sandy Bridge
  4. Xubuntu Team Announces "Xubuntu Core"
  5. Many Ubuntu Phone Updates Are Coming Up Soon
  6. Nouveau Lands GL_AMD_Performance_Monitor Support
  7. Deb-Based Ubuntu Will Continue To Be Offered For The Foreseeable Future
  8. Linux Game Publishing Remains Down For The Count
  9. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 Beta Released
  10. Keeping The Humidity Out Of The Basement Linux Server Room
Most Viewed News This Week
  1. Trying Out Microsoft Visual Studio Code On Linux
  2. Microsoft Releases New Code IDE For Linux!
  3. Improvements On The Way For GNOME's Nautilus File Manager
  4. A Lot Of Improvements Are Coming For Mir 0.13, Including Work Towards Libinput
  5. Kodi 15.0 Beta 1 Released
  6. Wayland 1.8 Alpha Release Delayed
  7. Mono 4.0 Makes Use Of Microsoft's Open-Source Code, C# 6.0
  8. Lucid Sleep Support Is Being Worked On For The Upstream Linux Kernel