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    Hello all, like everyone I'm glad to see this forum back and appreciate the help I have received over the years especially from Ron Olson as I use my Vortexbox on a daily basis. I guess my question is directed at Andrew as I am curious what, if any plans there are for the Vortexbox software going foreword. We know that the current Vortexbox 2.4 software is based on Fedora 23 which is no longer supported and Andrew's web site no longer lists the Vortexbox hardware for sale.

    Also like some of you I have been using the Squeeze Community for updates to the Logitech LMS software but it seems that Clive (JackOfAll) has moved on and no longer maintains his site as the last update was over 5 months ago. This means that any LMS updates will need to come from Andrew if we want to use the Vortexbox GUI interface. I know there is a process to update the version of LMS manually but as of yet have not tried the procedure for fear of breaking something.

    So, the question is will there be a future for the Vortexbox software in the future? Can we look foreword to an updated version of LMS 7.9 now that (Logitech) Michael has released an 'official' version of LMS 7.9? I really hope the answers are yes.

    Bill

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    I like VB. I hope more development happens. If further development doesn't happen, it will be eclipsed by other NAS OS.

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      VortexBox has been around for 8 years (as of this month) and it will be around for a long time. We have a very recent version of LMS in our VortexBox repo and we will continue to update it as well as the other packages.

      We will move to a new version of Fedora at some point. They release one every 6 months we don't need to pick up each one. We usually go to every 4th or 5th release.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by agillis View Post
        VortexBox has been around for 8 years (as of this month) and it will be around for a long time. We have a very recent version of LMS in our VortexBox repo and we will continue to update it as well as the other packages.

        We will move to a new version of Fedora at some point. They release one every 6 months we don't need to pick up each one. We usually go to every 4th or 5th release.
        This is great news for those of us that rely on the Vortexbox software. I'm looking foreword to a long and great future for the Vortexbox software and can't wait for future updates.

        Thanks, Bill

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        • #5
          Originally posted by agillis View Post
          VortexBox has been around for 8 years (as of this month) and it will be around for a long time. We have a very recent version of LMS in our VortexBox repo and we will continue to update it as well as the other packages.

          We will move to a new version of Fedora at some point. They release one every 6 months we don't need to pick up each one. We usually go to every 4th or 5th release.
          I absolute love VB; it is a staple in my home. I would love to have a Plex update to at least 1.4.1 so I can use the Plex DVR. Any thoughts on when an upgrade to this version will be available?

          Thanks

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          • #6
            Originally posted by loggerhead View Post

            I absolute love VB; it is a staple in my home. I would love to have a Plex update to at least 1.4.1 so I can use the Plex DVR. Any thoughts on when an upgrade to this version will be available?

            Thanks
            If you are comfortable with using Putty or similar to access your VB, try this...

            To upgrade Plex media server on Vortexbox, go to https://www.plex.tv/downloads/, select Linux,
            then click the download button and right click Fedora 64-bit (RPM for Fedora 14 or newer) and click copy link location.

            Then in Putty on your Vortexbox, type dnf install and right click, to copy the link location.
            Finally, reboot and the new Plex will be available.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by agillis View Post
              VortexBox has been around for 8 years (as of this month) and it will be around for a long time. We have a very recent version of LMS in our VortexBox repo and we will continue to update it as well as the other packages.

              We will move to a new version of Fedora at some point. They release one every 6 months we don't need to pick up each one. We usually go to every 4th or 5th release.
              I am also a big fan of VortexBox, even did some presentations about it at Opensource events in The Netherlands.
              love to hear about the continuation.

              Keep up the good work, and do'nt hesitate to let u's know if we can help to keep VortexBox alive !

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              • #8
                I'm a huge fan of the Vortexbox project and I can't thank Andrew and everyone else involved for all of their work. I am very glad to hear that Andrew intends to keep the project rolling indefinitely. I would just raise one small issue with what Andrew describes as his plan going forward. I've become a big fan of Fedora. In fact, Fedora has become my default desktop OS - this note is being written on a laptop running Fedora 25. Fedora is a tad more aggressive with EOL (end-of-life) than many other Linux distros and IMHO that is not entirely a bad thing. However, that means all Fedora releases face an 18 month lifespan after which there are no more updates. I believe it is just not wise to run any OS in the current environment that does not receive regular security updates, especially one running on a server that is meant to remain connected to the Internet 24/7. The good news is that Fedora release updates are becoming ever easier to run and have become extremely robust, so perhaps it may be possible to keep VB "rolling" without taxing Andrew and Co so much.
                Last edited by chabelo; 05-11-2017, 10:09 AM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by jimmi View Post

                  If you are comfortable with using Putty or similar to access your VB, try this...

                  To upgrade Plex media server on Vortexbox, go to https://www.plex.tv/downloads/, select Linux,
                  then click the download button and right click Fedora 64-bit (RPM for Fedora 14 or newer) and click copy link location.

                  Then in Putty on your Vortexbox, type dnf install and right click, to copy the link location.
                  Finally, reboot and the new Plex will be available.
                  If you're still using an earlier version of VortexBox (like 2.3 for those of that have our VortexBox tied to Elan) you can still use "yum install [right click]" as above to install the newest Plex. Make sure you grab the right version (I needed the 32-bit version).

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