REminds me of UNIX...
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From: "Martin, AA6E" <email@example.com>
To: "Discussion of Ten-Tec Equipment" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 01, 2005 18:42
Subject: Re: [TenTec] Annual review of the Orion
> I have infinite respect for Carl, N4PY, but let's recognize that
> writing real-time embedded software is not the same as writing a
> back-end that only needs to communicate on the serial port.
> One of the most interesting subjects at Dayton for me as an Orion user
> was the software for the SDR1000 and GNUradio. It is developing at an
> incredible pace, and it has features we can only dream about for the
> Big Black Box. (Many modulation modes, filtering options, displays,
> etc. HDTV, anyone? I'd settle for an optimized RTTY filter.) This is
> not to downplay the Orion, but to indicate the possibilities of open
> software development. Many experts contribute new modules supporting
> their favorite modes, bugs get fixed overnight, etc.
> TT has the traditional development model, where because they own the
> code, they can't easily let go of it to the community. There are
> probably lots of hardware dependencies, undocumented interfaces, and
> so on. They are probably using a commercial operating system and
> libraries from Motorola or other vendors that cannot be distributed
> freely in source form. (I have no direct knowledge.) Because of all
> this, development and debugging will cost TT lots of real money, and
> they don't get the free expert support that the open projects have.
> Hopefully, our favorite vendor will take note of this for future products!
> 73 Martin AA6E
> On 6/1/05, Don Rasmussen <email@example.com> wrote:
> > One thing I've noticed. Those that use the N4pY
> > software to drive their Orions have a lot less
> > complaints. What does this tell us?
> > >>>>>
> > That N4PY should be programming the firmware in the
> > radio itself?
> > I don't know if he is even conversant in the specific
> > microcode of Orion, but he has suggested that he would
> > consider it. I long ago suggested that Ten Tec offload
> > the programming burdon for the radio. The radio
> > improves faster, but Ten Tec relinquishes absolute
> > control of their product.
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