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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Release Announcement: GNU Radio 4.1

From: Michael Berman
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Release Announcement: GNU Radio 4.1
Date: Wed, 1 Apr 2015 12:52:36 -0700

Please tell me the SharePoint server has no backups, and is running off a 56K modem running on GNURadio in somebody's grandmother's basement...


On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 12:48 PM, Marcus Müller <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi Martin,

thanks for wrapping up the news!
Just to add a bit from the developers/infrastructural side of things:
>From the infrastructure side of things, we've agreed to migrate to our
own SharePoint server, and ditch git. It had terrible Perforce support,
and isn't really suited for VisualStudio projects. Also, it was really
more complex that it should have been. Obviously, that breaks pybombs
and build-gnuradio, but we should soon be seeing GR on the Windows 8/10
App Store.

I've spent the profits from last GRCON on the StackOverflow sponsoring
and Facebook adverising. You will be seeing the new GR4 logo next to
questions tagged with gnu-radio and software-defined-radio starting next
monday, and people with related interests (hams, .Net devs, or
GR-connected FB account) will see ads in their FB timeline soon, too;
the idea is that the revenue that we can generate by placing
successively more ads on gnuradio.org will quickly cover our FB
expenses, and will also give the project a touch of professionalism that
basically made all but academic lunatics stay away from GR.

Enjoy the ride,

On 04/01/2015 09:30 PM, Martin Braun wrote:
> Hey everyone,
> as you might have heard, a GNU Radio hackfest is going on in sunny
> California, and one thing we've gotten going is the 4.1 release for
> GNU Radio. As you can tell, this is a major version jump.
> Here's a release summary:
> *Move to .NET*: This is probably the biggest change for now. Because
> of our continuing troubles with SWIG, we decided to move to a
> different platform for interoperating between a high-performance
> language and an easy scripting language, and .NET serves this cause.
> So, anything previously written in C++ is now in C#, and for the
> simple stuff (previously Python blocks) we now use ASP.NET. This is
> also fantastic as it finally allows graphical development using Visual
> Basic.
> This also allowed us to modify the block API. The downside is, all OOT
> modules will be incompatible with GR4 -- maybe gr_modtool will provide
> conversion utilities once it has been ported to Delphi.
> Linux support is currently not available -- this is not ideal, but we
> figured the 3.x series had broken Windows support for a long time, so
> this simply moves the problem to a different operating system.
> Unfortunately, we can't provide liveSDR ISOs anymore, now, because of
> licensing issues. As soon as mono picks up the slack, we'll be able to
> port GNU Radio 4 to Mono and Linux support will be mostly back on track.
> *Embedded Support*: As a result of the embedded Linux conference the
> week prior to the hackfest, we realized that this whole 'embedded'
> thing is just a fad and is eating up our development resources. We are
> thus dropping embedded platform support for now, although we might
> revisit this when embedded Windows becomes more popular.
> *GNU Radio Companion:* To overcome the lack of volunteers developing
> GRC, we will be integrating our graphical development process into the
> .NET framework also. As mentioned before, Visual Basic is ideally
> suited for the development of graphical widgets and we're anticipating
> a surge in new graphical widgets from the community.
> On the community side, there'll be a couple of changes, too: Some
> already guessed we'd be dropping the mailing list as a communications
> platform when we announced our endorsement of Stack Overflow. The
> mailing list will go down as soon as we have a new web-based forum
> available, where users can post images inline as well as use Emojis.
> To avoid excessive trolling, users will either need a Facebook or
> Paypal account to log in.
> Thanks everyone for being part of this community and keeping it going!
> Of course, all the new stuff can be found on the 4.1 release website:
> http://gnuradio.org/redmine/projects/gnuradio/wiki/Release4
> Cheers,
> Martin
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