Sorry for the rant....here's my question: has anyone come up with a Linux-based SmartSDR solution? I've seen some discussions in the past, but nothing specific. I regularly use the iOS client and my Maestro. I know there's a dogparkSDR for Mac.... which I plan to try... but how about Mint / or similar?
John / WB5NFC
You will really like it when microsoft moves the os to the cloud then you wont even be able to boot your computer unless you connect to microsoft, you may doubt it but its coming and sooner than you think. Its their solution for piracy and a monthly fee for you to even use your computer.
thanks for the post.
My Flex 6700 is the best radio I ever had. The Flex software is fantastic.
If there are any problems with my ham station, the reason is: Windows.
If there are any problems with other software, the reason is: Windows.
If there is a problem with network, the reason is: Windows.
If I lose data, the reason is: Windows.
If there was a problem in my small company with printing, mailing oder network, the reason always was: Windows.
That's why a changed in my company to Mac OSX. Since ten years I work without these unacceptable mistakes of windows. I can not understand, why flex did not start their good products with smart SDR on Mac OSX. The only reason to go back to windows was my flex. It was a mistake. Since 3 month I have a good radio and no interest to start my computer with all the described problems.
Flex People! Change to a better system! Windows is telling us lies since the 90ties, they never offer a system you can compare with OSX or other.
Thanks again John.
73 de dg1rol
I bought DogPark foir my Mac side - it is also 100 percent uptime.
Windows 10 is a not ready for primetime horror show. My Windows 7 build is 100 percent uptime. My Windows 10 build is a joke.
I'd pay hundreds for a Linux version of SSDR, if only for the reliability.
I highly recommend a PC/laptop running Win 7 dedicated for use with SSDR and related software. Linux would be nice, but I don't see it coming along anytime soon.
It would be really great if there was a way to make it into a portable app that doesn't need to be installed.
Or as my son would say (21st century vernacular): "Dad, don't be a cheapo - just swing for the gaming box dude"
73 Jim, WQ2H
I'm not sure on the home version of windows 10 but at least you can delay windows 10 feature updates on the professional version of 10. I have done this on my home computers and at least I can schedule the feature updates when I want.
Burch - K4QXX
For some time now, through Win7-->Win8-->Win8.1-->Win10 on the same machine I ALWAYS uninstall the old version of SmartSDR, including DAX & VSP, before installing a new version of SmartSDR. Now I know, Flex says this is not necessary but I wonder if doing so has prevented the problems that seem to be common in some people's shacks. It's essentially a "clean install" of SmartSDR each time.
Win10 updates when it wants to here but has never trashed anything on my hamshack machine.
I do agree that the weak link is the "Windows as a service" business model. The larger "updates" are really loading a new operating system over top of the old one which has never been a good idea. The mechanism that migrates core device drivers has never worked reliably since the first days of WinNT. (Mac & Linux, you are NOT immune to that bugaboo, either) Even when I migrated a machine from Win7 to something higher, I would backup data, then re-format the hard drive for a clean install.
The problem of device drivers being trashed is not unique to Flex either. The i7 laptop I am writing this on has its IDT high-performance sound card drivers replaced by generic junk when a major Win10 update occurs.
Maybe we need to direct our ire toward Satya Nadella and his idiot business plan.
For those interested in disabling Windows updates see the very informative YouTube video:
After disabling, you can verse the process just as easily. Takes about one minute to disable updates on Windows 10.
I'll be following this whole issue with interest. I do not see Linux as any kind of viable alternative; I know that Linux has its devotees, but most hams won't want to have to deal with Linux in order to enjoy a Flex radio.
de Roger W6VZV
John / WB5NFC
All of the links (APIs) are available for someone to take the lead and build a Linux Client. This is how the iOS and Apple OS clients were built We do provide the tools to make that happen.
What is interesting is why hasn't anyone from the Linux community done the same? Surely there are some Hams who right software who also use a 6000 series radio?
Here is my personal guess (nothing to do with FRS--my software support from a past career). Once you write it, you then have to support it, and that can take a lot of time and effort. I'm sure whoever writes this, might want to make some revenue for the mega man hours they put into it, so then you have to figure out how to license it and control your Intellectual Property. That in itself is no small feat. I suspect that this is where the slowdown on Linux has happened. A few have dabbled with it, but making a prototype is a LONG way from releasing a final product. Let's say some enterprising people actually do develop and deliver a product. Would you pay $200 for it or expect it for free?
BTW, don't kid yourself. All operating systems have issues once you get past web browsing, etc. Apple, Windows, the 200 versions of Linux, etc. :) If you have used enough of them, you will understand what I mean.
The grass isn't greener on the other side, it is just different grass.
I use Win 7, I have been for years and I can't remember ever having trouble with my Flex any time. I was using my Flex 3000 with Win 7 then I got a Flex 6500.
Microsoft has endless resources and man power to make the best software on the planet but Win 10 is a mess and breaks things,,Flex is just one of the the fallen.
My main work horse computer is Linux, I have no reason to use Windows if it were not for Flex.
No alternative but I do like Toyota`s built in the Usa but that's for another topic somewhere else. :)
Forgot on here who the author was sorry for that. (very clever)>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Windows 10 Hamradio edition is eagerly anticipated by the ham developers community.
There are several key enhancements that will appeal to ham radio operators around the world:
1) Full support for unsigned drivers. Such drivers will be considered trusted until proven otherwise and allowed to run at the kernel level, including with Realtime priority.
Further, they will be excluded by default from all antivirus/antimalware products.
2) Full native DOS and Windows 3.11 support. This feature will allow developers to freeze their development efforts to pre-Windows 8 times when all hell broke loose.
3) Software designated as ham radio will be allowed to run by default as System and have full read/write to all high security areas of the file system.
4) Windows Update will be permanently deleted from the file system so it is impossible to ever be executed again.
5) Windows firewall will be disabled by default. The C$ and IPC$ shares will no longer have any ACLs.
I personally run Windows 10 and have had very few problems.
It is interesting to me how often this is occurring (due to Microsoft), yet costing both users and FRS
a lot of time and frustration. Rather than switch back to an unsupported Windows 7 and become a
target for hackers and ID thieves, all you have to do is use the fix at the above link.
But that fix takes time and a bunch of typing and steps. I will repeat what I posted previously
for Flex to consider;
Tim mentioned that the reason an uninstall/reinstall cycle does not fix it is because MickySoft with their windows update migrated the entries to a new name and created registry entries that the Flex installer did not create. Hence the Flex installer package did have that list of registry entries to uninstall.
As someone both cost conscience and also all about customer satisfaction, I still maintain the point
I made earlier; If Flex wants to save money and reduce both user frustration and time spent on
support calls, they need to add an optional click-box on the installer package prompt screen that
lets the user select "Deep Clean, Re-Install", which will warn the user to backup profiles, then
proceed to scan the registry, purge ANY entry with Flex's keywords (This is what Norton
Uninstaller/cleaner does), and then after that proceed to reinstall. With coding, it is very easy to
match/find the registry entries that MickySoft migrated with their update. The risk is low in doing that. The rewards are huge, both financially and customer frustration wise.
Work Smart, Not Hard.
That said, my point is that any OS will have some problems. W10 got me on the last update to 1803 and might on the next. But I am pretty familiar with W10 now, unfortunately, and would not be easily convinced to change and have to learn an entire new family of buggy software.
There are many days when I hate MS. Well most.
Some highly motivated Linux devotee should take on the challenge and demand for writing of a version of SSDR - though I see no way to pay for development and support - I see no business purpose for Flex to invest the six, or seven (?) figures it would probably take to develop a "bullet proof" Linux app. SSDR in my experience is extremely stable on W10 unless MS manages to foul it up. And Flex has, I think, a pretty deep institutional knowledge of W10 issues and fixes. They respond fast, and bend over backwards-that is their business decision.
I think everyone's gripe is rightly with MS and pretty much the same as we all have had for decades and I think we will into the future.