RELEASE Pi-Star v4.1.0

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RELEASE Pi-Star v4.1.0

Post by MW0MWZ »

Pi-Star v4.1.0 is finally out of release candidate status and is now in release.

If you are running any of the release candidates, you can upgrade http://pi-star/admin/expert/upgrade.php to the release version.

So whats new - not much if you are upgrading from 4.1.0-RCx, the RC releases rolled us through some issues on Pi4 hardware and wifi, plus some issues with keeping the time updated, thankfully those are in the past!

Upgrading from 4.0.x - 4.0.x ran the rather shorter lived "Stretch" build of Raspbian, and "Buster" was released so quickly that it never made it to a prime time release. It will keep running, but it is strongly recommended to re-image your card and move up to 4.1.0 when you can. The main difference between 4.0 and 4.1 is the operating system, 4.1 runs the current "Buster" release.

Upgrading from 3.x to 4.1 - Pi-Star 4.1.x is still the Pi-Star software you know and love, it might not look much different on the outside, but here is where the similarities end. The underlaying "Wheezy" OS in Pi-Star 3.x is on life-support, updates are already vanishing from the repos and you should upgrade to 4.1.x to make sure that your Pi is going to be up to date and keep receiving updates.
Version 3.x is no longer receiving updated binaries for the radio related software, so new features will only be available in 4.1.x and beyond.
Changes from 3.x to 4.1.x relate mostly to the radio softwares as these are keeping pace with the code released by Jonathan (G4KLX), Andy (CA6JAU) and the long list of people who commit to their repositories (including me). In some cases when pushing changes to their repositories is not possible for some reason, or when we want to large-scale test a few feature - Pi-Star may get it first, but the code is always committed back to the source repo.

Should you upgrade to 4.1.x? - Simply put yes, this is where all of the updates are happening and its the only version running on the current "Buster" OS.
What if I don'r run on Raspberry Pi hardware? - We're working on updates for those images too.

73 de MW0MWZ
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