Pi-Star 4.1.0 was officially released today! What's new you ask? Well, according to the official announcement:
"not much honestly, this process was focussed on fixing up the weird issues with WiFi on the Pi 4 mostly, and those seem to be behind us."
Truth be told, there are a lot of changes in the 4.1.0 release altogether. The "not much honestly" statement seems to be a reference to the changes between 4.1.0 RC-8 and 4.1.0.
I happened to log into one of my hotspots this morning to issue 'pistar-update' followed by 'pistar-upgrade' as I do once or twice a month. For those who are unfamiliar with the difference between the two scripts, 'pi-star update' simply downloads the latest packages from the Pi-Star repositories whereas 'pistar-upgrade' will apply major operating system upgrades.
Over the course of the past year or so, the wizards at Pi-Star delivered version 4.0.0 as a beta followed by a couple of Release Candidate (RC) releases. Version 4.0.0 was very short-lived and never saw a final release.
Then 4.1.0 started to appear on the Pi-Star website beginning with 4.1.0 RC-1 and it created some confusion as there wasn't an explanation as to why 4.0.0 was abandoned. Over the past several months, version 4.1.0 went through interative releases up until RC-8.
While the 'pistar-upgrade' script took care of upgrading my hotspot from 4.1.0 RC-8 to 4.1.0, I will likely re-image the SD Card to start off with a fresh installation. Linux is far better than other operating systems when it comes to handling major upgrades, but I still feel more comfortable starting out anew!
You can download 4.1.0 by visiting the Downloads section on the Pi-Star website.
Jeff Hochberg - W4JEW