[chirp_users] What's next for CHIRP

Sat Dec 31 19:15:02 PST 2022

Hello Dan,
Congratulations to you and all who work hard on it.
And it sounds like good news to those who can use it.
Do we still need flatpak to install and use it?
Those of us who have to use a screenreader can't use Chirp with flatpak.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Dan Smith via chirp_users" <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com>
To: "Discussion of CHIRP" <chirp_users at intrepid.danplanet.com>
Sent: Saturday, December 31, 2022 7:30 PM
Subject: [chirp_users] What's next for CHIRP

Hi all,

I'd like to announce the availability of what I'm calling the "CHIRP-next" 
build for the new year. If you're not aware, some of the libraries that 
CHIRP depends on have been orphaned such that CHIRP was a bit stuck in time 
for many years. Overcoming this obstacle required a lot of changes to 
CHIRP's core, drivers, and the GUI has had to be completely rewritten as a 
result. This has been a ton of work, and we still have a lot left to do.

However, it's time to rope you, the users and power users, into the effort. 
Several of us have tested hundreds of radios over the last few months 
getting ready for this, but we need your help to flesh things out. Over 90% 
of the radios that get used most often with CHIRP have been tested, but 
there are still plenty left that need to be confirmed (or fixed). Similarly, 
the GUI has been tested fairly well amongst the developers at this point, 
but there are surely still plenty of bugs to find and fix.

Ultimately, this new build will become what is today the "daily" builds, and 
the current version of chirp will be renamed "legacy". As of now, all new 
development is being done on the "next" builds and only critical bug fixes 
will be considered for legacy. If CHIRP-next works for you and your radios, 
we want you running it as soon as possible.

I've put together a page that describes in more detail why we're having to 
do this, how you can help, and what to look for and report:


Also, here's a page that describes some of the changes you can expect in the 
new version:


While we're not doing this specifically to add features, the "opportunity" 
to redesign some things has allowed us to add some improvements. Further, 
being on newer dependent libraries has allowed us to add some features we 
never had before.

If you're on MacOS or Linux, you will almost certainly want to be running 
the new build immediately. It uses modern dependencies and also behaves much 
more like a native application on all platforms.

We really need your help testing and vetting this new version, so if you 
feel comfortable, please consider giving it a try and letting us know what 
you run into. I'm getting the word out here to the users groups a little 
early, before we start offering it on the download page specifically. Feel 
free to forward this to your own groups, facebook pages, etc to get more 
visibility than just the users here.

You can find the CHIRP-next builds here:


As always, you'll want to stay up-to-date with these, as things have been 
moving fast!

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