The work with the upcoming 13.0.0 Aluminium release is moving on. As usual a few surprises has turned up adding some weeks to the work but things move forward as expected. Instead of being released before X-mas I now expect it to be out sometime late January next year.
For those of you doing home automation project I can recommend Domoticz and OpenHAB (in that order). Both projects has a huge and active user base constantly adding support for new devices. Much better choices for HA freaks than VSCP will ever be.
I also want to take the opportunity to wish all of you a merry X-mas. This year has been a quite rough time here and that will continue for some time but with the support from many of you I have managed to keep servers active and also had a chance to get some new hardware to play with as well. Thanks for your generosity. I will never forget.
There are a few days more coding for me before I turn of my computer and rest for a couple of days. A good book, some movies and a lot of food is waiting for me and honestly I need the rest. I hope all of you enjoy a few days rest also.
So finally we are getting closer to a #13, Aluminium. It’s been over a year now since the last release. A lot, and I mean a lot has gone into VSCP & Friends since then, actually to much to list it here. But it is a better software package now than before and it was pretty good at that time to if I may say it myself.
For users maybe the deb packages will be the most notable thing. There will be a Debian package for the vscp server, vscp works and for the helper lib. Also all of the drivers will have debian packages. But as drivers now are installed in the vscp folder structure (/srv/vscp/drivers/) they will be a bit special. This is a step against a web installable driver functionality I hope to have in place in the future.
Windows support for the VSCP server is now gone but it is possible to build and run it on a windows 10 machine in the bash mode. VSCP Works and the helper lib will be available as will the Level I (CANAL) drivers.If someone want to put down the work it should not be a big thing to get the VSCP server running on Windows either.
The last steps to work on before the release is here for those of you that are interested.
Last for you home automation freaks out there. Take a look at OpenHAB and Domoticz. One of them is probably what you are looking for, not VSCP & Friends, even if it to of course can be used for tasks like home control.
My hope was to have a LTS release ready before the summer but I never reached that point. But things are what they are. There are mainly two reasons for the delay. First I don’t want to rush some big changes in the core structure that force me to do incompatible updates later with code needed for update paths. This mostly relate to the database. Next I want to move as much of the code as possible to MIT licensed which means I have to remove and rewrite some stuff. Hopefully something will be available soon after the summer.
The multicast channel support is now fully implemented. This means one can set up groups on the VSCP multichannel group that act as subnets using a specific port. AES128/AES192/AES256 encryption is available. The multicast announce is also fully in place now. Python and c/c++ samples available.
A new UDP interface has been implemented. Also here are AES128/AES192 and AES256 encryption available. Python and c/c++ samples available.
Support classes for encryption and frame packaging has been added to the vscphelper lib to make it easier to handle this new functionality.
pyvscp is a pip installable Python module that add VSCP functionality to Python. The main interfaces is in place but more will come and also more documentation. It’s very easy to interface the VSCP server and VSCP with this module. I personally love it.
The libvscphelper library is now packaged as a deb as the first component that will be available on this form. It is needed to be installed to use most of the functionality of pyvscp. VSCP Works and the vscp server till also be packed in their own deb’s for easy installation.
node.js bindings installable with npm is next and I know there is c# bindings brewing also. Probably have to dig into Java soon also if someone does not volunteer for that job.
A lot of other this to have hap-end of course.
Now I will go on a four-week leave. I am not used to that long vacations and right now I don’t actually know how to survive such a long time without coding. But I have promised my wife to try to to be honest I probably need it. I will check mail occasionally though but wil probably not answer mails on a daily basis.
For those of you running head code of the VSCP & Friends package
Remember to build the full VSCP & Friends package after checking it out from git and then compile all files and do a “make install” as root. If you don’t do this drivers and the VSCP server (the daemon) may use different package formats which will corrupt memory and probably make the VSCP server and the rest of the code unstable.