mushu999
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where are change notes found?

Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:21 pm

Just installed an update to raspi-config and tried to find where the release notes are but couldn't find them. Is there a specific spot where any change made to the kernel and associated modules like raspi-config are noted?

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Re: where are change notes found?

Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:38 pm

On the Downloads page click on Raspbian button and then scroll down to the Release Notes label for the variation of the OS and click on the Link link.

2019-04-08:
* Chromium browser updated to version 72
* VLC media player updated to version 3.0.6
* RealVNC Server updated to version 6.4.0
* Flash player updated to version 32.0.0.156
* Performance improvements to SDL library
* Performance improvements to pixman library
* Option to set display underscan added to startup wizard
* Mounted external drives now displayed on desktop by default
* Network plugin modified for improved compatibility with wpa_passphrase
* SD Card Copier tweaks to reduce copy failures
* Various minor bug fixes and appearance tweaks
* Added ethtool
* Added rng-tools
* Add PINN restore support
* Linux kernel 4.14.98
* Raspberry Pi firmware f8939644f7bd3065068787f1f92b3f3c79cf3de9
2018-11-13:
* Two versions of image created - "base" image has no optional software packages included; "full" image has all optional packages
- Removed from "base" image - LibreOffice, Thonny, Scratch, Scratch 2, Sonic Pi, Minecraft, Python Games, SmartSim, SenseHAT Emulator
- Added to "full" image - Mathematica, BlueJ, Greenfoot, Node-RED, Claws Mail, VNC Viewer
* Python Games and SmartSim added to Recommended Software
* VLC media player with VideoCore hardware acceleration included in image
* Version 3.0.5 of Thonny included
* Modifications to LXDE components to enable local configuration to override global configuration correctly
* Modifications to Appearance Settings to support above configuration changes
* Modifications to various initial config defaults and relevant package to support above configuration changes
* Selecting default option in Appearance Settings now deletes relevant local configuration files
* PiX theme modified so that all changes made in Appearance Settings are in override files rather than in theme files
* Design of scrollbar buttons changed
* Image Viewer moved into Graphics category on main menu
* Recommended Software now installs LibreOffice language support files if needed, and suggests reboot if needed
* Latest version of Pepper Flash plugin included
* Chromium h264ify plugin permissions set correctly by default
* Corrections to various MIME types so that files open in sensible default applications
* Set default timezone to 'Europe/London'
* Linux kernel 4.14.79
* Raspberry Pi firmware 12e0bf86e08d6067372bc0a45d7e8a10d3113210
2018-10-09:
* Raspberry Pi 3A+ support
* In startup wizard, assign keyboard to country as per Debian installer recommendations
* In startup wizard, add option to use US keyboard in preference to country-specific option
* In startup wizard, show IP address on first page
* In startup wizard, check for existing wifi network connection and show it if there is one
* In startup wizard, install language support packages for LibreOffice and other applications
* In startup wizard, improve operation with keyboard only and no mouse
* Password change in Raspberry Pi Configuration and startup wizard now works properly if passwords contain shell characters
* Battery indicator plugin modified to cope with Pi-top hardware monitor crashing
* Networking plugin hides wifi password characters by default
* In Scratch 2 GPIO plugin, set pin from dropdown list rather than free text
* In Scratch 2 SenseHAT plugin, swap x and y axis values for LED array
* Include latest Adobe Flash player (31.0.0.108)
* Include latest RealVNC Server (6.3.1)
* Include libav-tools
* Include ssh-import-id
* Removed Mathematica
* Merge in latest third-party code for Bluetooth ALSA interface
* Add ability to prevent software update changing configuration files, by creating ~/.config/.lock file
* Various other small bug fixes, tweaks and changes to text
* Make dhcpcd work with 3G devices
* Add hw acceleration to ffmpeg
* Improved WiFi-BT coexistence parameters
* Run fake-hwclock before systemd-fsck-root
* Raspberry Pi PoE HAT support
* Linux kernel 4.14.71
* Raspberry Pi firmware 5b49caa17e91d0e64024380119ad739bb201c674
2018-06-27:
* New first-boot configuration wizard added
* Recommended Software installer added
* Bluej, Greenfoot, NodeRED, Claws Mail, VNC Viewer removed from image - can now be installed from Recommended Applications
* Qpdfview PDF viewer installed instead of Xpdf
* Version 65.0 of Chromium browser included, with latest Flash player
* Volume up / down keys now change by 5% increments and affect currently-selected output device rather than internal device only
* Network plugin now remembers previously-entered WiFi network passwords when prompting for reconnection
* Serial port and serial console can now be switched separately in Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Lxkeymap keyboard language setting application removed - replaced with dialog within Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Wifi country and keyboard language setting dialogs in Raspberry Pi Configuration now callable from other applications
* New version of Piboto font included to render with correct weight under some rogue applications
* Reconnection to Bluetooth audio devices on reboot improved
* Disable click-to-rename behaviour in file manager if single-click selection enabled
* Appearance Settings dialog makes config changes to some Qt files to match selected theme
* MIME file type associations improved
* Multiple desktop management options removed from mouse middle-click menu
* Menu shortcuts to Raspberry Pi website amended
* Python 2 IDLE menu link removed
* Sample Magpi PDF installed in /home/pi/MagPi
* Various minor tweaks, bug fixes and appearance changes
* Bluetooth updates
- Firmware with Bluetooth 4.2 features
- SCO profile suppot added via bthelper.service
* Linux kernel 4.14.50+
* Raspberry Pi firmware 748fb17992426bb29d99224b93cb962fefbdc833
2018-04-18:
* Fixed race between wifi-country.service and raspberrypi-net-mods.service
* Linux kernel 4.14.34+
* Raspberry Pi firmware 5db8e4e1c63178e200d6fbea23ed4a9bf4656658
2018-03-13:
* Raspberry Pi 3 B+ support
* WiFi is disabled until wireless regulatory domain is set (Pi 3 B+ only)
- The domain can be done through 'Raspberry Pi Configuration' (rc_gui),
'raspi-config' or by setting 'country=' to an appropriate ISO 3166
alpha2 country code in /etc/wpa_supplicant/wpa_supplicant.conf.
* Default wireless regulatory domain is now unset
* Added support to desktop for different screen sizes and resolutions,
including multiple preset options in Appearance Settings and pixel doubling
option in Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Version 2.1.16 of Thonny included
* Version 29.0.0.113 of Adobe PepperFlash player included
* Version 1.2.post1 of Pygame Zero included
* Bluetooth plugin now supports connection to Bluetooth LE HID devices
* Network plugin now indicates 5G-compatible APs
* Latest changes to Bluez ALSA service merged
- service now started on CLI boot as well as GUI boot
* Latest changes to dhcpcd networking plugin merged
* Improved support for running on pi-top devices
* Small design changes to PiX theme and icons
* Bug fix - hide spurious window resize handles
* Bug fix - Scratch 2 remote GPIO state block now works correctly
* Updated WiFi Firmware
- brcmfmac43455-sdio 7.45.154
- brcmfmac43430-sdio 7.45.98.38
* New packages:
- policykit-1
- obconf
- python-buttonshim python3-buttonshim
- python-unicornhathd python3-unicornhathd
- python-pantilthat python3-pantilthat
* Linux kernel 4.9.80+
* Raspberry Pi firmware 3347884c7df574bbabeff6dca63caf686e629699
2017-11-29:
* Added battery monitor plugin for taskbar - works on x86 images or first-generation Pi-Top
* Added cutdown mode to PCManFM file manager to reduce complexity
* Added ability to rename files in PCManFM by clicking name when selected
* Bug fix in Bluetooth ALSA module to reduce truncation of audio at end of playback
* Various small tweaks, bug fixes and theme modifications
* New kernel and firmware
2017-09-07:
* Disable predictable network interface names for Ethernet devices
* Bug fix for keyboard settings dialog in Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Bug fix for crash on some videos and animations in Chromium
* Bug fix for taskbar crash when running RealVNC server
* Bug fix for reloading projects with extensions in Scratch 2
* Bug fix for MAC address problem in Bluetooth
* Simple mode and new icons in Thonny
* New Japanese translations in Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Install fonts-droid-fallback for international fonts
2017-08-16:
* Based on Raspbian Stretch (Debian version 9)
* Version 60 of Chromium browser included
* Version 3.0.1 of Sonic Pi included
* Version 6.1.1 of RealVNC included
* Version 0.17.4 of NodeRED included
* Bluetooth audio routed via ALSA rather than Pulseaudio
* SenseHAT extension added to Scratch 2
* Various desktop applications modified to prompt for sudo password if needed
* lxinput control options for mouse speed simplified
* lxpanel plugins moved into separate packages
* Wireless firmware for Pi 3 and Pi 0W modified to address Broadpwn exploit
* Latest kernel and firmware
* Various small tweaks, bug fixes and theme modifications
2017-07-05:
* New kernel and firmware
* Filesystem created without the metadata_csum feature
2017-06-21:
* Scratch 2 application included
* Thonny Python IDE included
* New icons with thinner outlines
* Volume control more linear in behaviour
* Updated Flash player
* Updated RealVNC server and viewer
* Various tweaks and bugfixes
* New kernel and firmware
2017-04-10:
* Wolfram Mathematica updated to version 11.0.1
* Adobe Flash Player updated to version 25.0.0.127
* Use PARTUUID to support USB boot
2017-03-02:
* Updated kernel and firmware (final Pi Zero W support)
* Wolfram Mathematica updated to version 11
* NOOBS installs now checks for presence of 'ssh' file on the NOOBS partition.
2017-02-16:
* Chromium browser updated to version 56
* Adobe Flash Player updated to version 24.0.0.221
* RealVNC Server and Viewer updated to version 6.0.2 (RealVNC Connect)
* Sonic Pi updated to version 2.11
* Node-RED updated to version 0.15.3
* Scratch updated to version 120117
* Detection of SSH enabled with default password moved into PAM
* Updated desktop GL driver to support use of fake KMS option
* Raspberry Pi Configuration and raspi-config allow setting of fixed HDMI resolution
* raspi-config allows enabling of serial hardware independent of serial terminal
* Updates to kernel and firmware
* Various minor bug fixes and usability and appearance tweaks
2017-01-11:
* Re-release of the 2016-11-25 image with a FAT32-formatted boot partition
2016-11-25:
* SSH disabled by default; can be enabled by creating a file with name "ssh" in boot partition
* Prompt for password change at boot when SSH enabled with default password unchanged
* Adobe Flash Player included
* Updates to hardware video acceleration in Chromium browser
* Greeter now uses background image from last set in Appearance Settings rather than pi user
* Updated version of Scratch
* Rastrack option removed from raspi-config and Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Ability to disable graphical boot splash screen added to raspi-config and Raspberry Pi Configuration
* Appearance Settings dialog made tabbed to work better on small screens
* Raspberry Pi Configuration now requires current password to change password
* Various small bug fixes
* Updated firmware and kernel
2016-09-23:
* New PIXEL desktop environment - new icon set, window design, desktop images, splash screen and greeter
* Chromium web browser included
* Infinality font rendering patches included
* RealVNC server and viewer included
* SenseHAT emulator included
* Rfkill entries added to Wifi and Bluetooth panel plugins
* Updates to various standard applications, including Scratch and NodeRED
* Various bug fixes, tweaks and translation updates
* Updated firmware and kernel (https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware ... 6e9519faf5)
2016-05-27:
* Fixed crash of lxpanel when D-bus not accessible
* Fixed permissions for D-bus Bluetooth access
* Removed sudo from shutdown options
* Appearance of tooltips updated in theme
* Fixed ejecter plugin grabbing focus
* raspi-config command line and GUI apps tidied; unnecessary reboots removed
* More error detection in piclone; copying of volume names and IDs added
* Updated translation files
2016-05-10:
* New version of Scratch, which no longer requires sudo
* New version of BlueJ
* New version of NodeRED
* New version of pypy
* pigpio included
* geany editor included
* SD Card Copier added (can be used to duplicate or back up the Pi)
* Bluetooth plugin added to taskbar
* Volume control on taskbar now compatible with Bluetooth devices
* New shutdown helper application
* Mouse double-click speed setting added to mouse and keyboard preference application
* Option to enable / disable 1-wire interface and remote access to pigpio added to Raspberry Pi config application
* File system automatically expanded on first boot
* Empty Wastebasket option added to right-click menu
* Ctrl-Alt-T can be used to open a terminal window
* Various small bug fixes and appearance tweaks
* Updated firmware and kernel (https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware ... c165620866)
2016-03-18:
* updated firmware and kernel (https://github.com/raspberrypi/firmware ... 3fdcbe53dc)
* use serial0 in cmdline.txt
* wpa_supplicant.conf country default to GB (allows use of channels 12 and 13)
2016-02-26:
* Support added for Pi 3, including Wifi and Bluetooth
* Option to set wifi country code added to raspi-config
2016-02-09:
* dtb that uses mmc sdcard driver (fixes problems experienced with certain SD cards)
2016-02-03:
* new version of Sonic Pi (2.9)
* new version of Scratch (15/1/16)
* new version of Node-Red (2.5)
* new version of Wolfram (10.3)
* optional experimental GL desktop driver (can be enabled using advanced options in command-line raspi-config)
* new version of Java (1.8.0_65)
* new version of WiringPi
* raspi-gpio included
* ping no longer requires sudo (except NOOBS installs)
* support for more USB audio devices in lxpanel
* bug fix for creation of new menus in Alacarte
* various changes to raspi-config and GUI to tidy up board support and fix bugs, and updated translations
* small tweaks to theme to support GL driver
2015-11-21:
* Included IBM Node-RED IoT application
* Included graphical package manager
* Included accelerated pixman library
* Updated Epiphany browser to improve video compatibility
* Updated Scratch with performance improvements and bug fixes
* Updated Raspberry Pi configuration to allow boot to pause while
network is established
* Various minor bug fixes
2015-09-25:
* Based on Debian Jessie
* Upgraded applications - Epiphany browser, Scratch and Sonic Pi
* Included applications - LibreOffice, Claws Mail, Greenfoot, BlueJ
* Included utilities - Alacarte menu editor, Lxkeymap, scrot, tree, pip
* New GUI-based Raspberry Pi Configuration application
* GPIO control now possible without need for sudo
* Web link to Magpi magazine included
* New taskbar plugin to eject mounted USB drives
* Default boot is now to GUI not desktop
* Look and feel now based on GTK+3 default theme
* Print screen key launches scrot to produce screenshot
* Common keyboards autodetected by GUI and drivers loaded accordingly
* Numerous small tweaks and bugfixes
2015-05-05:
* Updated UI changes
* Updated firmware
* Install raspberrypi-net-mods
* Install avahi-daemon
* Add user pi to new i2c and spi groups
* Modified udev rules for i2c and spi devices
2015-02-16:
* Newer firmware with various fixes
* New Sonic Pi release
* Pi2 compatible RPi.GPIO
* Updated Wolfram Mathematica
2015-01-31:
* Support for Pi2
* Newer firmware
* New Sonic Pi release
* Updated Scratch
* New Wolfram Mathematica release
* Updated Epiphany
2014-12-24:
* Fix regression with omission of python-pygame
2014-12-22:
* New firmware with variosu fixes and improvements
* New UI configuration for lxde
* Various package updates
* python3-pygame preinstalled
* 'nuscratch', scratch running on the Cog StackVM
* Misc other changes
2014-09-09:
* New firmware with various fixes and improvements
* Minecraft Pi pre-installed
* Sonic Pi upgraded to 2.0
* Include Epiphany browser work from Collabora
* Switch to Java 8 from Java 7
* Updated Mathematica
* Misc minor configuration changes
2014-06-20:
* New firmware with various fixes, and kernel bugfix
2014-06-02:
* Many, many firmware updates with major USB improvements
* pyserial installed by default
* picamera installed by default
2014-01-07:
* Firmware updated
* Some space saved on the root filesystem
2013-12-20:
* Firmware updated, includes V4L2 fixes
* Update omxplayer
2013-12-18:
* Firmware updated and now using kernel 3.10. Many, many improvements
* fbturbo XOrg driver is now included and enabled by default. Thanks to
ssvb https://github.com/ssvb/xf86-video-fbturbo
* Update Scratch image with further bug fixes
* Include Wolfram Mathematica
* Update to PyPy 2.2
* Update omxplayer
* Include v4l-utils for use with experimental V4L2 Raspberry Pi camera driver
* Update squeak-vm to fix issues with loading JPEGs
2013-09-25:
* Update Scratch image for further performance improvements
* Include Oracle JDK
* At least a 4GiB SD card is now required (see above)
* Include PyPy 2.1
* Include base piface packages
* Update raspi-config to include bugfix for inheriting language settings
from NOOBS
2013-09-10:
* Updated to current top of tree firmware
* Update squeak-vm, including fastblit optimised for the Raspbery Pi
* Include Sonic Pi and a fixed jackd2 package
* Support boot to Scratch
* Inherit keyboard and language settings from NOOBS
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Andyroo

Re: where are change notes found?

Wed Apr 24, 2019 7:50 pm

They only cover the ‘major’ releases for Debian.

If you look on GITUP, you will see changes in the last day or two but digging down into the README shows nothing that is a specific change.

To my eyes, a change note should spell out:
1) What has been changed
2) When it was changed (not the same as an upload to GITHUB)
3) Why the change was made
4) Any specific issue numbers this fix addresses

The comments you see on GITHUB range from great (details of change / fix) to very poor (update to README or bump to X.Y.Z)

To be fair to the Raspberry folk - they are not as bad as some and the FOSS community is lacking in change documentation that is easy to find.

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Re: where are change notes found?

Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:20 pm

What is the point of writing a change note for a readme when you can just read the readme? Or just read the git commit diff.
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Andyroo

Re: where are change notes found?

Wed Apr 24, 2019 8:51 pm

I would ask in return - why have a read me then?

Even a simple printers mark of a vertical line against the charged items would simplify the README changes.

Finding the comment differences are great if you know where it is and that it exists but given a user looking through page after page I think they would look straight at the README to see what’s changed and it’s when this has no details they are then stuck. One thread yesterday had a user with a none working WiFi after an update but the README had nothing that even hinted that WiFi had changed.

I got caught with a python module that had 2/3rd of its functionality removed with no warning or documentation- the authors assumed I knew that their code was based on another module and I should change all my code to use this and not theirs!

The problem now is that code is so complex and forked so many ways it’s impossible for everything to be tested and documented despite best efforts of some people.

Given companies the size of Apple and Microsoft get it wrong I do not see a solution and the majority of programmers I’ve worked with (esp the best of them) did not like documentation or change control as it stopped the creative flow. Art vs Science as my old computer programming tutor referred to it.


Maybe it’s my age or the fact the it does not appear on the first Google page that gets me frustrated :lol:

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Re: where are change notes found?

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:01 am

So then, to make my point, within the last two days, there was an update to raspi-config. Can anyone tell me specifically what was changed?

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Re: where are change notes found?

Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:38 am

mushu999 wrote:
Thu Apr 25, 2019 1:01 am
So then, to make my point, within the last two days, there was an update to raspi-config. Can anyone tell me specifically what was changed?
I found this link by using nano to view the /usr/bin/raspi-config script: https://github.com/RPi-Distro/raspi-config
Click on [commits]
Unless specified otherwise my response is based on the latest and fully updated Raspbian Buster w/ Desktop OS.

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Re: where are change notes found?

Thu Apr 25, 2019 8:53 am

On the whole, the github commit texts are going to give you the most information.

TBH, we don't really do change notes, github has everything needed.
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Re: where are change notes found?

Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:04 am

Thank you for that link, it was what I was looking for. By clicking on the actual commit items I'm able to see the additions/removals from the codebase. Too bad there isn't a more non-techie version for non-programmers but that's fine I guess.

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