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    Windows feeder discontinued 7-May-19

    Hi,

    I would like to inform you that in about a week's time, we will remove FR24 Windows feeding software from "Share your data" page.
    The Windows feeds will keep working for another 5-6 weeks until May 1st, 2019 when we will turn off support for it.
    The reason behind the decision is that we see frequent data errors originating from the Windows platform and in order to improve the data quality we have to remove the windows support.
    Less than 5% of our feeders are currently using Windows to feed data and we encourage everyone to move to Raspberry Pi. We appreciate everyone who has contributed via this method over the years. If you believe your location provides important coverage then feel free to request an FR24 receiver. We may also reach out to specific users who have been with us for long and provide good coverage.
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    Thanks Khan

    Do you plan to email all those who currently share their data using the Windows feed?

    Most don't visit this forum and maybe it would be poiite (and good business practice) to let them know directly rather than let them wake up on 1st May and find it's no longer working.
    Mike


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    I still do!

    Laptop was my better alternate with SQL dBASE for logging etc locally that kept going during power cuts. And pi used for other stuff

    Guess I'll have to re jiggle and see if network data read/write while feeding planeplotter etc over it at same time will suffice

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    Looks like an attempt to increase Raspberry Pi sales. As Windows, Linux or iOS PCs use the same hardware all errors you talk about must be found in feeder software only.
    Well done, Raspberry but keep away from my wallet!

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    I have a few concerns about this in that on a low income here in Australia, I can’t really afford to replace the old but still working mini pc I use for feeding data to FR24.

    I expect the Raspberry pi setup to be quite expensive.

    Ryan Hothersall, FR24 feeder ID ypad1.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan Hothersall View Post
    eplace the old but still working mini pc I use for feeding data to FR24.
    You can install Linux on the mini PC if you want.

    You can even run it from a USB stick / pen drive. You'll have to find out how to boot from USB on your particular BIOS but google usually helps with that.

    On how to create a Linux USB stick for ADS-B feeding, you can check this post, it's a very detailed guide:
    https://discussions.flightaware.com/...bian/43712/232


    I might just create a ready to go x86 image to do something like that, so you only need to boot from it to feed.

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    Well doesn't that suck then!!!

    Please tell me how to feed FR24 using my SBS-3 without using Windows. Have no inclination to set up a RPi/SDR when I have a perfectly good working SBS-3 system.

    I will add that I have a RPi running other apps so could easily run a FR24 feed from there. But how??
    Last edited by vk6xlr; 2019-03-22 at 12:53.

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    I've received the notification minutes ago that my 24/7 uploading won't be supported as from the 1st of May because of the "less than 5% of..." with Windows. That is quite a burden to the server and I apology to him.
    Now I have a question : knowing that my SBS is connected to my laptop, I would like to know how to connect the Rasperry Pi to it and is it possible? If someone have a link, an how to, anything...

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    One Question. Will VirtualBox or equivalent passthrough raw data from the Antenna. If so just install VirtualBox on your current box and run as a Linux VM which is still allowed.

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    I can understand FR24's reasons for abandoning it's Windows feed, if, as it claims, the data quality is sub-standard. But this was the only option at the beginning of the decade, so what's changed?

    And will FR24 continue to accept data from PlanePlotter, a Windows application?

    The SBS receiver is still the largest feeder for PlanePlotter. My guess Kinetic shipped over 20,000 SBS/Puck receivers and my SBS-1 is still in daily use, 14 years after I bought it.

    I bet I'm not the only one who won't/can't be bothered to invest in a Raspberry Pi and SDR receiver just to feed FR24. And for those that do, PiAware is easier for those who want a plug and play option. It's amazing how many aviation enthusiasts have little appetite to explore Linux.
    Mike


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