Is there already a manual section for the new (beta) plugin portal?
I tested with 2 plugins with mixed results.
I think the plugin portal works as it should, with the problem that I had some bad plugins. Not knowing how the system should behave made my first impression a rather bad one (I had a lot of settings where almost all lead to crashes because of bad plugins).
At that point the choices between alpha, beta and master did not work
as I expected. I assume "master" should contain the normal stable plugins (not yet available?).
"beta" should contain more release candidate plugins.
"alpha" should contain the latest bleeding edge plugins, I found no plugins (yet) in alpha.
The first bad plugin was probably an old version of opencpn-plugin-draw, which was solved
by updating opencpn
and the plugin to the latest github version.
The other bad plugin (oesenc) is probably caused by my platform (arm64).
I am waiting to see what will happen when users mix stable, alpha, beta and github plugins.
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The managed plugin provided a armhf oeserverd (I think, result was something like "wrong binary"). The plugin provided from github (4.0.2) had an issue where it could not get a valid status for the USB dongle.
With a small patch the dongle check was bypassed and then the plugin worked as far as I tried. I did not make a key yet or assign a chart, so far I only checked the connection to o-charts.
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