View Full Version : Would you recommend upgrading to 6.5.1?

2007-01-22, 08:30
Hi all,
I am happily running 6.3.x after having rolled back from 6.5.1 due to stability issues. Now that the official release of 6.5.1 is out, I'm now considering upgrading again - but am concerned as to what issue may be lurking.

So please, cast your vote as to wether you would recommend an upgrade.


2007-01-22, 08:32
Lots of playing over the weekend, and no problems to report.

2007-01-22, 08:49
> I am happily running 6.3.x after having rolled back from 6.5.1 due to

If you're happy with 6.3.x, why would you want to upgrade? I won't tell
you to upgrade with no reason at all. All I can say is that my 6.5.1 is
rock stable for _me_ (and has been for weeks - not only the official
release version).



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2007-01-22, 09:11
I agree with your point of not upgrading just for the sake of it (been there too many times over my career!). I'm really looking for the performance improvements as I spend a large amount of time scrolling through the browse function on the SB3.

Also, on a side note, has an end of life date for 6.3 been announced?

Mark Lanctot
2007-01-22, 09:29
The change from SQLite to MySQL from 6.3.x to 6.5.x might or might not be worthwhile for you - it's a much better database but it's also a very large change, necessitating a complete uninstall of 6.3.x including deleting the install folder. The end result for me didn't change - I didn't have rescanning problems before, I don't now. However the scanner is now a separate process, this could be good on servers that use OSes and CPUs that can take advantage of separate processes.

If you use album art, the gallery view option is very nice indeed.

Note that you will have to find new versions of your plugins, and if a plugin does not list support for 6.5.x it will not work.

Also, on a side note, has an end of life date for 6.3 been announced?

Hmm, I don't believe this is done.

Essentially the software is released. New features and bugfixes go into new builds - old ones remain untouched.

The only thing that will make the software obsolete is:

- a new version of the OS or an OS update which does not support it. For example, 6.0.2 doesn't run on Windows 95/98/98SE/ME.

- a new hardware player which requires firmware not in the old release. For example, the SB2/SB3 cannot be used with software older than 6.0.2 and the Transporter cannot be used with software older than 6.5.0. The software is backwards-compatible though, 6.5.1 should support an old SliMP3.

Tech support, though, is limited to the current release only, so theoretically 6.3.x is already at end-of-life. You cannot file bugs for 6.3.x anymore. Tech support may be able to help you or they may not - they will probably suggest a change to the current release. Same with this forum.

2007-01-22, 09:43
I started out using 6.5.1 from the nightly builds before it was officially released this week. I've had no problems, other than with Rhapsody, but that's a separate issue.

My reason for using 6.5.1 was for the gapless playback of LAME mp3 files. Since I listen to a lot of electronic music and live music, gapless playback was an essential feature for me.

Kevin O. Lepard
2007-01-22, 10:31
>A poll associated with this post was created, to vote and see the
>results, please visit http://forums.slimdevices.com/showthread.php?t=31960
>Question: Would you recommend upgrading to 6.5.1?
>- Yes
>- No
>- Undecided

Yes. No issues with playback or upgraded noted here. Running 6.5.1
under OS X 10.3.9 without using iTunes integration.
Kevin O. Lepard

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