xoscope 2.1 released

Bhavani Shankar R bhavi at ubuntu.com
Fri Feb 13 04:33:13 UTC 2015

On Fri, Feb 13, 2015 at 2:22 AM, Brent W. Baccala <cosine at freesoft.org> wrote:
> Hello -
> Is Bhavani Shankar still maintaining xoscope?
> If not, could somebody take a look at integrating xoscope 2.1 into Ubuntu?
>     agape
>     brent
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Hi everybody!
> Well, it's been five years, but I've finally gotten a new release of
> xoscope out on sourceforge.
> The major enhancement in version 2.1 is support for ALSA, contributed
> by Gerhard Schiller.  We wouldn't have a new release right now except
> for Gerhard's work, so thank you, Gerhard, for pushing me to get 2.1
> out.
> I also re-introduced the Perl functions that were dropped in version
> 2.0.  i didn't like the previous design that used a separate Perl
> script, because the feature would not work if the script was not
> installed properly.  The script is now embedded into the xoscope
> executable.  So long as Perl is available on the system, arbitrary
> single line Perl functions can be displayed simply by typing them into
> a dialog box.
> Bitscope support has been dropped.  Recent Bitscope designs have
> become more and more proprietary, and the older API is no longer
> supported on their newest hardware.  Instead, you have to use a
> proprietary library, and that's not acceptable for a free software
> project.
> The forked gtkdatbox library has been moved from the xoscope
> distribution to its own forked git repository on sourceforge.  The
> standard version works, but the forked version still looks better on
> the screen.
> An uncountable number of bugs have been fixed (actually, no, not that
> many), but many more remain for a future release.  Bruce Caslow has
> kindly provided me a Raspberry Pi with a BrickPi attached, and since
> this Linux-based platform seems to be popular for robotics work, it's
> likely to become a supported input device in the next release.
> I continue to enjoy a mild winter here in Anchorage.  We've got so
> little snow on the ground that the Iditarod start has been moved to
> Fairbanks for only the second time in history.
> A minor release of a niche software project isn't much, but it's
> something.  Let us pray that God guide his servants to the fullest
> fulfilment of our potential.
>     agape
>     brent

Yes Brent. Had been busy for sometime but I'll work on this on the
weekend and keep you posted.


Bhavani Shankar
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