Building a new PC and NO Windows 7 or 8. Linux??

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I am just reading about Microsoft and their aggressive push for people to move to Windows 10. It appears that if you buy or build a new PC with Intel's Skylake chip you will not be able to install anything but Windows 10.

I like Windows 7 and have no plans to change for a while on the PC I use for my Flex 6500. I usually build a new PC about every 3 to 4 years. I built the one I have now 2 years ago. It is an Intel Haswell i7 chip, I added a solid state drive about 6 months ago and it is FAST!

The mainstream support for Win7 stopped Jan 15,2015 and the extended support window closes Jan 14, 2020.

At some point I would like to get away from the constant upgrading of Windows and move to Linux.

Is there ANY plans for a version of SSDR on Linux??

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Walt - KZ1F

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Not withstanding a response from FRS, I have a portable facsimile of flexlib that also runs on Linux and a facsimile of smartsdr that also runs on Linux. Both are portable so they run on Windows and Mac as well, and raspberry pi in case you're interested. I am in the process of writing a portable logging program that will natively talk to the radio via XPSLib, my facsimile of flexlib.

However, as dax and daxiq are proprietary to FRS. I do not have them so no digital, e cept via audio jumpers from the radio to Fldigi. Also, as remote is not a use case for me, being retired, I haven't done the opus work yet either.

The problem all that effort was designed to solve was, lets all say it together, shall we?, Walt hates Windows. So, as the big dog would say, "I feel your pain".

I know how to connect to a subscription service for the android version but haven't written a licencing service that would run 24x7 as Google and Apple have. This is why individuals cant, currently, get XPSSDR.

Again, if you were specifically looking for a FRS answer, I am not specifically addressing your question. If enough people ask them for it they may see the value in a portable SmartSDR.
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I can say definitively that FlexRadio Systems is not currently working on a Linux version of a SmartSDR client.  Not to say we will never do one, but I would assume that a Mac version would precede a Linux version.  It is all about market share and if the multi thousand developer hours it would take to develop any new client will have a positive ROI that is not measured in decades.

However, as Walt indicated, I would expect a third-party to develop a Linux client before us since the API makes this possible.