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Mark Lanctot
2006-04-28, 07:24
I realize things are in a state of flux right now, but I've seen some contradictory statements so I was wondering if I've got the facts right:

- 6.2.2 is now the official release. That's obvious.

- I've seen mention of a 6.2.3 build for fixing minor bugs in 6.2.2. Would this be the version at http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/SlimServer_v2006-04-28/ right now?

- I've seen mention of a 6.3.0 build, both here and at http://www.slimdevices.com/dev_nightly.html This seems to be the version at http://www.slimdevices.com/downloads/nightly/SlimServer_6_3_x_v2006-04-28/ currently, yes? This is the version that will have both the bugfixes to 6.2.2 and some new code not present in 6.2.3?

- What's the difference between 6.2.3 and 6.3.0? Some new code? Does/will 6.2.3 exist?

- What is the next anticipated release? 6.2.3 or 6.3.0?

- For someone like myself that was wary of 6.5 but was perfectly fine with installing 6.2.2 nightlies from time to time, what would you suggest? 6.2.3 or 6.3.0 nightlies?

I know these are early days yet but it's confusing. :-)

mzpro5
2006-04-28, 07:39
I agree with you Mark. I'm still running 6.2.1 with no nightly updates. It is very confusing, especially for those of us that are not MIT computer wizs and just want to have a nice SB listening experience and don't have time to do all the nightly downloads ( and are never sure what they may do or accomplish).

I for one, on any product, never do a software/firmware update until the new version has been out for a couple weeks at least. Past experience with other products has proved to me that immediately downloading an update at release most likely will cause more problems. I'm not coming down on anyone at SD, just my past experience.

I would just like a product, that after initial setup, I can power up and use, ( realizing updates may be available 1-2 times a year) not something I continually have to make changes too. I guess I didn't read the fine print closely enough when I bought my SB3 - didn't realize I would be spending so much time fixing a product that is only a few months old.

Mark Lanctot
2006-04-28, 08:18
I thought the 6.2.2 nightlies were great. Whenever they fixed a bug that I had I'd install it. There was continual improvement both in the software and in the firmware.

I'm just wondering where to go from here - 6.2.3 or 6.3.0?

Mitch Harding
2006-04-28, 08:40
I think for someone in your situation, you should *never* upgrade unless
there is a new feature you need or a bug fix that you need. "If it ain't
broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. There is the temptation, I know, to
download the latest and greatest. My experience with software and firmware
is this -- if you aren't unhappy with the current behavior, then upgrading
is not worth the risk. IMO.

I agree with the original poster, though -- I am curious about the software
roadmap as well.

On 4/28/06, mzpro5 <mzpro5.26zb4n1146235201 (AT) no-mx (DOT) forums.slimdevices.com>
wrote:
>
>
> I agree with you Mark. I'm still running 6.2.1 with no nightly updates.
> It is very confusing, especially for those of us that are not MIT
> computer wizs and just want to have a nice SB listening experience and
> don't have time to do all the nightly downloads ( and are never sure
> what they may do or accomplish).
>
> I for one, on any product, never do a software/firmware update until
> the new version has been out for a couple weeks at least. Past
> experience with other products has proved to me that immediately
> downloading an update at release most likely will cause more problems.
> I'm not coming down on anyone at SD, just my past experience.
>
> I would just like a product, that after initial setup, I can power up
> and use, not something I continually have to make changes too. I guess
> I didn't read the fine print closely enough when I bought my SB3 -
> didn't realize I would be spending so much time fixing a product that
> is only a few months old.
>
>
> --
> mzpro5
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kdf
2006-04-28, 08:49
On 28-Apr-06, at 8:40 AM, Mitch Harding wrote:

> I think for someone in your situation, you should *never* upgrade
> unless there is a new feature you need or a bug fix that you need.
> "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. There is the
> temptation, I know, to download the latest and greatest. My
> experience with software and firmware is this -- if you aren't unhappy
> with the current behavior, then upgrading is not worth the risk. IMO.
>
Dan recently posted a note about roadmap in the developers list. The
roadmap is currently very old and isn't easily kept up to speed with
the REAL development of the project. Given the time in amongst
everything else, there is an item on the list to update the roadmap.

Right now, the "next" official release is a fluid thing 6.2.2 JUST
came out, and there is an opening for 6.2.3 if there are any big issues
as a result of wide use of 6.2.2. Barring that, then 6.3 will quickly
become the focus. Plans mentioned on that one include rework of
internet radio, most notably the Shoutcast plugin due to major changes
on the shoutcast site. You can also search bugs.slimdevices.com for
bugs currently targetted for 6.3, and 6.5.

6.5 involves splitting off the scanning, a move to mysql and will
likely have more added and refocussed over the coming weeks.
-k

mzpro5
2006-04-28, 09:58
I think for someone in your situation, you should *never* upgrade unless
there is a new feature you need or a bug fix that you need. "If it ain't
broke, don't fix it" comes to mind. There is the temptation, I know, to
download the latest and greatest. My experience with software and firmware
is this -- if you aren't unhappy with the current behavior, then upgrading
is not worth the risk. IMO.



Mitch

You've got me pegged. If I don't need to I usually don't upgrade. For months I stayed away from the latest Winamp upgrade until this week and only upgraded because they made the origional version incompatable with the features I use, they forced my hand. So I will wait and if my SB3 continues to work the way I want then I will stick with 6.2.1.