This is just to let all of the builders know that there is a software update coming soon (early March 2020) that will bring some updates and consistency to the all of the running units. We currently have units on various versions of POCS (mostly from the
docker branch, but a few holdouts still on the older code base).
This new version will be tagged as
v0.7.0. This is en route to our
v1.0.0 that we want to release by June 2020. The high-level goals of
- POCS (and environment) easy to install.
- POCS easy to configure.
- POCS easy to test.
- Easy to verify hardware unit.
- Easy to start automated nightly operations.
- Easy to update software to new version.
v0.7.0 will get us most of the way there, with a
v0.8.0 providing an “updater” utility that will make updating a more seamless process.
The caveat to this update is that we still have a slight mix of different electronics interfaces and therefore some inconsistency with the arduino sketch files. We will likely have to work on a case-by-case basis for each unit until we can get that updater to be super smart (
Thanks for your patience and helping us discover new worlds!
P.S. if you are a potential GSoC student reading this, many of the above changes will be in preparation for our potential GSoC projects.