Re: [BPQ32] BPQ32_126.96.36.199_20120925 including BPQMail, BPQChat and BPQAPRS is now available.
- John and All,
I marvel at the time and dedication put into the BPQ32 tools. Thank you so much for all this work when you would rather be sailing.
From: n5in_ron <ron_n5in@...>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2013 6:25 PM
Subject: [BPQ32] BPQ32_188.8.131.52_20120925 including BPQMail, BPQChat and BPQAPRS is now available.
A new release, BPQ32_184.108.40.206_20130322, for Windows, is available for download at: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BPQ32/
John Wiseman, G8BPQ, has created a common code base for BPQ32 allowing both Windows and Linux versions to be produced.
This release updates BPQ32.dll, BPQMail, BPQChat, BPQTermTCP and BPQUIUtil, BPQAPRS.
BPQMail (a BBS system) and BPQChat (a Chat system) replaces BPQMailChat.
BPQMailChat is still provided, and can be used for mail, but it will likely be dropped from the next release. The provided shortcuts for BPQMailChat actually point to BPQMail with the goal of easing the transition.
BPQ32 now has a basic Web Interface option. This provides Browser access to some node status displays, and a simple Web Terminal for access to the Network. It can also act as Web Server for other BPQ32 Applications, such as BPQAPRS
BPQAPRS is an APRS mapping and messaging application first introduced in BPQ32_220.127.116.11_20120130. BPQAPRS at its current state of development is a viable replacement for UIView32 for many users and in addition is under active development to add additional capability. The BPQ32 digipeater is "New n-N Paradigm " compliant and provides enough objects to fully support the Local Info Initiative. A configuration example is provided to quickly get you 'on the air'. The BPQAPRS program provides mapping using the on-line OpenStreetMap and reliable messaging, to the degree this is possible, with the existing infrastructure.
As a reminder, you must have all of your node configuration in BPQ32.cfg.
BPQ32_18.104.22.168_20111018,was the last to support both the new method, all the node configuration statements combined into BPQ32.cfg, as well as the old method of separate configuration files. If you currently have separate config files, a smooth transition to the new system would be to first install BPQ32_22.214.171.124_20111018, which you can find in the files section of the BPQ32 Yahoo Group, and make the changes to your configuration using that version. Once successful, the subsequent upgrade to BPQ32_126.96.36.199_20120925 followed by BPQ32_188.8.131.52_20130322 should proceed with ease.
My installer is also capable of converting an existing non-compliant installation to a Microsoft compliant installation. In brief, Microsoft has been, since the introduction of Windows XP, recommending that an installation be split in to a "program files" part and an "application data" part. This was not enforced in Windows XP but it is being enforced in Vista and Windows 7. Many programs have been installed in the root, such as C:\Ham Programs to get around this recommendation, but the result is annoying UAC popups...'do you really trust this program' etc. If you have used this workaround, you can, after installing this most recent release, do an uninstall, which will preserve your configuration, and then do a reinstall taking all the defaults. The result will be to divide your installation properly into %programfiles%\bpq32 and %appdata%\bpq32.
Help will be available in the users group should you have questions.
The changelog is here: http://www.cantab.net/users/john.wiseman/Documents/BPQ32%20Installation.htm#Changelog
Thanks to John Wiseman G8BPQ/GM8BPQ for his tireless work enhancing BPQ32!
73 de Ron Stordahl, AE5E (ex N5IN)