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The Beta test series for OpenCPN
Version 5 starts today.
Here are the Windows and Mac installer download links:
users will find installation
packages at the OpenCPN Beta repository:
OpenCPN Version 5 (O5) represents a major upgrade in UI functionality, as well as numerous changes "under the hood" for enhanced performance and reliability
We will leave the detailed Feature discussion for another thread. Feel free to explore and discover...
OpenCPN Version 5 is built using the latest available version of wxWidgets, wx3.1.2. Migrating to this version of wxWidgets comes with an ABI compatibility update. As a result, all Plugins for OpenCPN must be rebuilt with compatible libraries in order to install and run on OpenCPN Version 5.
Rebuilding and testing all Plugins across all platforms and architectures is a big effort. It will take some time. We have chosen to start the O5 Beta program before all of the rebuilt Plugins are available, in order to advance the core
application release schedule.
We have created a web page tool called the O5 Plugin Tracking Tool. This tool will help Beta testers track the status of all O5 compatible Plugins.
On this page you will find a color-coded grid of Plugin choices for Beta testing. As more Plugins are migrated to O5 architecture, their links and color codes will be updated appropriately.
As you can imagine, tracking and monitoring Beta testing for all these Plugins on all supported O5 platforms is a complex project
. In order to mitigate any possible confusion over different Plugin sources and versions, the policy is this:
The links on the O5 Plugin Tracking Tool are the ONLY official source for O5 Beta test Plugins.
We encourage Beta Test bug reports using the OpenCPN Flyspray Bug Tracker facility.
Report bugs in the "OpenCPN Version 5 Beta" task, please.
Bugs reported on Flyspray are trackable and archived indefinitely. These reports receive the most immediate and relevant attention, leading to swift correction of bugs for the next Beta release.
Of course, you may also post reports in this thread. They will be noticed, but the correction and publication of fixes may be delayed.
We thank you in advance for all your help in testing this new Release.
Dave, and the whole OpenCPN Team.