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Thread: Windows feeder discontinued 7-May-19

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    Very unhappy with this decision.

    Meanwhile, if I remove Windows on the small PC I use to feed data to FR24 and install Ubuntu for example, how will the data quality 'improve'? It's still the same DVB stick an Aerial plugged into the back of the machine.

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    I don't think that windows is the issue at all, it seems to be the windows FR24 client. is it really not possible to sort out this?
    especially for SBS users it's a punch in their face. I'd like to operate my uhf receives as well as the ADS-B stuff, therefore I need Basestation in place on a windows box :-(

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    Not happy with the announcement. I prefer to use wifi for my feeder and wifi on the RPi was always flaky and offline more than online. Using intel compute stick running windows and the windows feeder it's been flawless. Now back to a buggy Raspberry Pi....ugg.

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    Couldn't agree more with the comment from user vk6xlr. This decision sucks.

    The proposed switching off of the windows feed by FR24 is an own goal.

    As a result, it will lead to less data being provided to them free of charge by windows OS users who don't want to, can't afford to or just can't be bothered to switch from perfectly sound installations based on Windows to a differant set-up just to provide free data to FR24 who aim to make a profit from that data. Switching off the windows feed will lead to a reduce level of coverage, which will lead to less use of FR24 in favour of other flight tracking websites that support a windows based feed, which will lead to a reduction in browser traffic onto the FR24 site which will eventually lead to less profit from the advertising. A classic own goal.

    I think viking05 has hit it on the head with his comment, the problem isn't so much to do with Windows but rather windowss client developed by FR24 or the platform used to amalgamate the freely provided date. Sort out the problem with the FR24 provided client or servers used to amalgamte the data and you'll keep your windows users, just drop the windows client and you'll lose a great number of feeders on which the business relies on.

    My current set, which is based on a dedicated Windows PC running 24*7, is primarily used to provide near real time reports to the local aviation community where I live with the feed to FR24 being a side product. Therefore I will not be spending the time porting the code onto another platform just to satisfy the people at FR24.

    So, I for one won't be going down the route suggested by FR24 and will just stop providing information to them when and if they decide to switch off the Windows feed.

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    I've had the email.

    Similar to other comments - the laptop I use for feeding has other tasks such as communicating with an Arduino to tell me when lightning is about to zap everything, streaming cameras from an Osprey nest, etc etc. All totally vital to my good health. And I initially used a Pi for a year or so but it was the first edition and the USB ports - or rather the thermal fuses - went progressively downhill until it was off more than on.

    So something a bit more than " ... we will turn off support for it" would help please.

    Is it a Windows thing - which would mean VM Ware or VirtualBox might still produce flaky data as they run on top of it? Or is it just the FR24 Windows software which is at fault? Or the Zadig drivers? Maybe a suggested route forwards would be good? Or a list of possible alternatives?

    Thank you Sweden.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Graham C View Post
    As a result, it will lead to less data being provided to them free of charge by windows OS users who don't want to, can't afford to or just can't be bothered to switch from perfectly sound installations based on Windows to a differant set-up just to provide free data to FR24 who aim to make a profit from that data. Switching off the windows feed will lead to a reduce level of coverage, which will lead to less use of FR24 in favour of other flight tracking websites that support a windows based feed, which will lead to a reduction in browser traffic onto the FR24 site which will eventually lead to less profit from the advertising. A classic own goal.
    Yes - interesting that the email I got from FR24 about this was put into the spam folder by Hotmail. For Hotmail to do that must mean it had seen a very large number going through its system I'd suspect.

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    I am just a plug and play type of user using SBS. Raspberry to me is just fruit and I would have no idea how to begin changing my system. The set up I have currently works very well for me and I would not contemplate changing it in any way. I would not underestimate how many providers are as PC illiterate as myself.
    No mention has been made of it but I presume those loyal providers who are turned off on the 1st May will no longer enjoy a Business subscription.

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    Oh well, I guess I may as well switch it off now then.
    I've been feeding to FR24 since 2011 using my SBS-1 connected to a dedicated PC which runs a total of 15 programs to supply my weather website, as well as FR24.
    I've no intention of buying a RPi or any other kit and I haven't seen any attempt to investigate or explain why Windows, or the FR24 Windows Feeder App, is more prone to being glitchy.

    If you've decided to take it down then it may be an idea to remove it as an option on here: https://www.flightradar24.com/share-your-data

    I wish you all the best, T-EGEO2 signing off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FlyingAnt View Post
    No mention has been made of it but I presume those loyal providers who are turned off on the 1st May will no longer enjoy a Business subscription.
    As things currently stand, if one isn't feeding data the free Business subscription will lapse.

    I've been feeding FR24 for 10 years. I suppose all good things must come to an end.
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    So it looks like "hey old users, we think that Business subscription is too expensive to give it for free so bye-bye"
    What the difference if my comp running Windows, OS X or Linux or if it's Raspberry PI if data is fed through same antennae and same usb stick as a receiver?

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