Archive for October, 2012 release candidate released!

Friday, October 5th, 2012

We’re nearly there! The first release candidate is available, which contains all the changes we’ve planned for the final release. We’ll now enter a period of more extensive testing, to find any remaining critical bugs or regressions. In the best case, we’ll not find any and the final release will be identical to to this release candidate.

What changed?
This release brings mostly bugfixes and a pile of Here’s a few highlights:

  • The Transmission torrent client was updated to version 2.71.
  • Wifi channels 12 and 13 are now available in countries they are allowed in
  • OpenVPN is a lot more configurable (many thanks to Jon Spriggs for contributing patches for most of these changes!).
  • USB audio devices work again (this got broken in beta3).
  • USB disk support improvements

For the complete list of changes, see the changelog.

What about my feedback?
We welcome more feedback about this release, so go ahead and comment or post away. This does not just mean issues or problems: If you test a new or fixed feature and it works for you, we’d like to know as well. Feedback is welcome through various channels: comments on this blogpost, the development mailing list, IRC or by creating a ticket on our trac.

Note that at this point, we might not fix all bugs reported, but limit to critical bugs or regressions that were introduced by the recent releases. The goal here is to make as few changes as possible, to minimize the chance of introducing new bugs again.

So, how do I upgrade?
To install this release candidate, download the web upgrade tarball here, navigate to your Fonera’s dashboard through “Settings” and then “System” and upload the downloaded file there (under “Firmware update”). Note that you should not unpack the file you download (and make sure your browser doesn’t automatically unzip the file either, it should remain a .tgz file).

The following versions are available. Note that because this is release candidate, only the developer’s version is available, not the end user’s version (but you can freely switch between versions without problems). Be sure to pick the version for your hardware. If you pick the wrong one, the firmware update will silently bail out and no upgrade will happen (no error will appear either).

It seems that in some cases, the 2.0g fails to flash a new firmware through the webinterface due to insufficient free RAM. If you upload the firmware through the webinterface, but that page keeps loading indefinitely (and you do not get the updating countdown), you’re probably seeing this issue as well. As a workaround, you can disable windows file sharing (“Settings” -> “Fileserver” -> “Windows Network Shares”) and/or the public Fonspot (“Settings” -> “FONSpot”) to free up some memory. This should allow the 2.0g to successfully unpack the firmware and start flashing it.

If the upgrade somehow fails and you need to recover, the new FAQ section has recovery instructions.

Have fun!

Update: This release contains a bug breaking PPPoE mode when set to use the automatic DNS server address. If you have this configuration, either switch to a static DNS server (like Google DNS), or see ticket #1229 for a fix.

Update: This release contains a bug breaking the 3G settings page in all cases. See ticket #1228 for a fix for this problem.