Perhaps I'm not seeing the method from the madness.
There is a separate sub forum Software Builds and Announcements
that I would have thought would make it easy to find current releases
but I don't find it very helpful.
There are many topics and some stickies but they are not the latest builds
nor could I even find a link that would take me to a place that had
the latest build or a collection of builds to choose from.
All the topics and titles are for much older releases
and in reading many of the threads I was unable to locate
the current builds.
But if I wander around, and look through threads, or on
various web pages I can eventually find newer builds than what I
seem to be able to find on the Software Builds and Announcements subforum.
If I go here:
Then click on
[Getting Started]->[Install chipKIT Software]
which takes you to here: http://chipkit.net/started/install-chipkit-software/
The four colored "Download" box links are pointing to different versions
of the software. (Assuming the date represents a version)
Maybe the issue on that page is that all the colorized "Download" box links for
all the OSes except the 32bit linux release (green box) are pointing to what appears to be the most recent non test release 20130715 vs the linux release
pointing to the 20130817-test release.
But from that page if I take the link to here:
I can find more releases, including releases that are newer
than the colored links on the [Install chipKIT Software] page.
And if it click on the red "Linux Installation Instructions" link
just below the color download boxes which takes me here:
http://chipkit.net/started/install-chip ... ide-linux/
down near the bottom of the page you will see:
But there is/are no button(s) on the top of this page.The download buttons on the top of this page links directly to the latest versions of build releases and downloads it on your computer
This page talks about installing java stuff first and then a ways
down on the page is the green linux32 download box link.
So when you scroll back up to the top, you can miss the download box
(if you don't know what you are looking for) since it won't be on
your screen when the browser window is at the top of the page.
Also the linux installations Instructions doesn't have the dwnload colored box
link for the 64 bit OS.
On this page:
There are links to download the MPIDE s/w but the links
are pointing to test releases that are older than the latest non test build.
But at least that page does provide a link to find more recent builds.
So here are my suggestions.
- create a sticky in Software Builds and Announcements that at a minimum provides a link to
that explains that the latest release and test builds can be found here.
It would be nice to indicate the latest release and test build
but it might be a good thing to not provide that so that the sticky never
has to updated unless the download site/location changes.
- update the chipkit bb page to reflect the newer build
and perhaps add a link to point to the sticky above.
- update the 3 "xxxx Installation" pages by making these two
into separate bullets and changing the first one to provide the box or linkThe download buttons on the top of this page links directly to the latest versions of build releases and downloads it on your computer. If you would like to view the previous build and test releases, please go to
rather than referencing the "buttons on the top of this page".
Just my simply minded suggestions to try to make things easier
for people trying to locate MPIDE builds.