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  • Mr. Bill
    started a topic Future Of Vortexbox Software

    Future Of Vortexbox Software

    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

  • agillis
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    VortexBox 2.5 is based on Fedora 25.

    It has an updated Kernel and other updated packages so it's actually more current then the stock Fedora 25. I have not found any modern hardware that it won't run on.

    I like running Fedora that is a bit behind for stability.

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  • Mr. Bill
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    Originally posted by agillis View Post

    Yes we are working on 2.5. If you want to try it out you can install the BETA image.

    http://wiki.vortexbox.org/available_images
    Andrew, I read your post above but have another question for you, unless I am missing something the next version of Vortexbox (2.5) seems to be based on Fedora 25 which was released about 11/22/2016 and is listed as EOL as of 12/12/2017.

    While listed as 'beta' software, am I correct that the next version of Vortexbox may be based on this no longer supported version of Fedora? Or, I hope, this is just an interim step until you update the base OS to either the current version of Fedora (29 released 11/30/2018) or the next release (30 scheduled for 4/30/19)?

    Any clarification would be appreciated. In any event thanks for continuing to support this fine product and any updates would be welcome.

    Mr. Bill
    Last edited by Mr. Bill; 03-06-2019, 05:33 PM. Reason: Correct spelling error

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  • agillis
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    Originally posted by SB64 View Post
    Following post #21 I see the packages have been modified on Feb 1st - the last time I checked the modified date was Dec 12th; is there some hope of an official release at some stage?
    Yes we are working on 2.5. If you want to try it out you can install the BETA image.

    http://wiki.vortexbox.org/available_images

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  • Mr. Bill
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    Hello all, I decided to take the direct approach and go directly to the source. I sent Andrew an e-mail to his address at 'Small Green Computers' which is his company he sells high end audio hardware. While I asked several detailed questions, the e-mail basically asked if the Vortexbox project has reached the end of the line. I was surprised when I got a response from Andrew within a few hours.

    Andrews entire response was as follow: Vortexbox will continue.

    So, while Andrew's cryptic response again offered no other details or a timeline, it can be interpreted several ways both positive and negative. I still look at the positive side and for one hope he does mean that he intends to update the software and not let the Vortexbox project die a slow and painful death. However, the clock is running as more and more programs need updating including the base Fedora OS. If the Vortexbox project has reached the end of the line and no further updates will be made and Andrew intends to maintain the software in its current versions with no further updates I would hope that Andrew would give us an honest answer to the question many of us are wondering about.

    Time will tell.....

    Mr. Bill

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  • SB64
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    Following post #21 I see the packages have been modified on Feb 1st - the last time I checked the modified date was Dec 12th; is there some hope of an official release at some stage?

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  • kingswindsor
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    +1 from me. I'd willingly donate. Vortexbox is an excellent and unique set of software.

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  • garym
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    Originally posted by SeanMiddleton View Post
    I've used Vortexbox almost since the first release. I think its an incredible piece of software and I use it almost daily. It would be a great shame to see it die through lack of updating. I know that Andrew runs his Small Green Computer business and like all of us he needs to make a living. Unfortunately our 'day jobs' take much of our time and time to develop software is limited. Many of the opensource software such as VB providers have a 'donate' button on their pages. If I find the software useful I always donate and if its really excellent (such as VB) I donate generously. Perhaps Andrew should consider this approach since it may enable him to earn sufficient cash to, in part at least, substitute for a day job. Examples of donate music related software I donate to ; PiCorePlayer, MP3TAG, RTA, Arta, Bliss............
    I agree. And also contribute to mp3tag and PiCorePlayer.

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  • SeanMiddleton
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    I've used Vortexbox almost since the first release. I think its an incredible piece of software and I use it almost daily. It would be a great shame to see it die through lack of updating. I know that Andrew runs his Small Green Computer business and like all of us he needs to make a living. Unfortunately our 'day jobs' take much of our time and time to develop software is limited. Many of the opensource software such as VB providers have a 'donate' button on their pages. If I find the software useful I always donate and if its really excellent (such as VB) I donate generously. Perhaps Andrew should consider this approach since it may enable him to earn sufficient cash to, in part at least, substitute for a day job. Examples of donate music related software I donate to ; PiCorePlayer, MP3TAG, RTA, Arta, Bliss............

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  • Mr. Bill
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    I guess a direct question for Andrew: Are there still plans for further updates to the Vortexbox software? The current version based on Fedora 23 was released in November of 2015 and Andrew stated he updates every 4th or 5th release which would have been either Fedora 27 (released 11-14-17) or Fedora 28 (released 5-1-18). The current release of Fedora is version 29 released on 10-30-18 and we are approaching version 30 scheduled to be released on or about 4-30-19. Version 30 would make the version that Vortexbox used 7 generations old.

    Also, Vortexbox 23 uses a copy of Logitech's LMS 7.1 software dated 04/04/18 and Logitech (Michael) is currently working with LMS version 7.2 which has many updates over 7.1. I see that Andrew has a unreleased version of Vortexbox based on Fedora 25 that has a copy of LMS 7.1 dated 12/07/18 but again was never released.

    Besides any Fedora security updates we are missing, the Vortexbox 23 version of LMS no longer works correctly with Microsoft Edge browser and I am sure there are other problems with the versions we are using. Michael was aware of the Edge issue and I understand it is fixed in newer version of LMS however I had to switch to Google Chrome to continue to use the Vortexbox version of LMS.

    Andrew indicated a year or more ago that new updates would come but since than no further information has surfaced. So, I ask again, are there plans for future version of the great Vortexbox software and if so can we get some idea as to an actual timeline? If the product has reached the end of the line I would rather know than continuing to wait for a new version that will never come.

    Thanks,

    Mr. Bill

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  • vbbob
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    So the current version of Plex no longer works and the current version of MakeMKV no longer works on the current VortexBox.

    I too love my VB and hope it will continue to have a life with current software.

    @AGILLIS: I'd be happy to pay for Premium Support. Maybe $119 for a lifetime membership?

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  • davem
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    See https://www.vortexbox.org/forum/main...=1441#post1441 - It has been coming since at least January.

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  • mvdberg
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    There is some work in progress http://yum.vortexbox.org/releases/25/x86_64/RPMS/

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  • mvdberg
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    Tried to install VB on a Gigabyte J3455, but it won't. Fedora 29 will install on that motherboard. So please provide the community with an updated VB version.
    Thanks for all the previous versions.

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  • Sully
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    I hope that an updated version is still in the works. It’s been over 3 years since version 2.4 was released. I’d be happy to be a beta tester...

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