Hey look, we have a new release! It has been quite a while since our last release. We made some breaking changes to the motors back in April and it took quite a while to get some of the libraries back in a working state. In the mean time we changed our image building infrastructure to be based on docker, which makes the build process much better for the future, but had the side effect of introducing some new (and old) problems that had to be tracked down and fixed.
But now we feel like we have repaired most of the regressions and other problems caused by the changes and have something working well enough to call it an official release. Please let us know if you run into any problems.
If you are upgrading from the 2015-12-30 image and you never upgraded the kernel, you will most likely find that your motors no longer work because of changes in the motor drivers. Follow the link to read about the changes.
Starting with this release, the image downloads now include a bmap. Etcher uses this to only write the parts of the image file with important information and skips the parts that are unused space. This makes writing the image go two to three times faster than our previous release!
There are a couple new programs of interest. Try running
ev3dev-sysinfo in a
terminal. Be sure to include this information when you report an issue on GitHub.
robot@ev3dev:~$ ev3dev-sysinfo Image file: ev3dev-jessie-ev3-generic-2016-10-17 Kernel version: 4.4.24-16-ev3dev-ev3 Board: LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 Programmable Brick Revision: 0006 Brickman: 0.8.0 ev3devKit: 0.4.2
sudo ev3dev-config will help you with some basic administrative tasks.
Arrow keys to navigate / <ENTER> to select / <ESC> to exit menu ┌─────────────┤ ev3dev Software Configuration Tool (ev3dev-config) ├─────────────┐ │ │ │ 1 Change User Password Change password for the default user (robot) │ │ 2 Hardware Configuration Configure EV3-related drivers │ │ 3 Update Update all packages │ │ 4 Advanced Options Configure advanced settings │ │ 5 System Info Get information on your ev3dev system │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ │ <Select> <Finish> │ │ │ └────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘
We have a fancy new download page. Check it out!