Is development ended for ESP8266?

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neurino
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Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by neurino » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:29 pm

Hello, any new developments/bugfixing ongoing for ESP8266?

I see in Downloads that last stable 1.9.4 dates back to May and I had to go with daily builds as ssl was broken in the stable one.

Now also daily builds are still at July 18th.

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by neurino » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:43 pm

Well,

lack of answers speaks volumes :(

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by Roberthh » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:04 pm

More likely something is broken with the creation of daily builds for ESP8266

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by neurino » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:40 pm

Might agree,

the fact nobody involved realises that daily builds are broken might as well be seen as an indication of abandonment.

IMHO esp8266 is still a cheap and powerful platform where micropython can shine, as long as his big brother esp32.

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by mattyt » Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:46 pm

I'm not sure abandoned is right but certainly there is less active development on the ESP8266 port as it's relatively mature (I'm not suggesting it's bug-free but most of the desired features seem complete). Also, many ESP8266 developers have shifted to ESP32...

But I will chase up the daily build system breakage.

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by kevinkk525 » Thu Oct 25, 2018 9:06 am

Could also just be that not many use daily builds as they build the firmware themselves and pull updates from github.
On the other hand I stuck with 1.9.4 as I tried pulling updates from github 3 times and the firmware did not work once so I stopped my desire to have the latest updates and bugfixes. I'm still waiting for 1.9.5 :D

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by OutoftheBOTS_ » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:25 pm

I think it is as mattyt says it is matured for what it is good at. Comparing ESp8266 vs ESp32 the ESP8266 stands out on price but lacks RAM, pin count and some of the advanced features of ESP32 this makes it more suited to more simple tasks but especially because of limited RAM it is a pain to develop complex tasks for it.

This means developers time is more utilized to develop complex features for ESP32.

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by neurino » Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:45 pm

OutoftheBOTS_ wrote:
Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:25 pm
I think it is as mattyt says it is matured for what it is good at.
Having used it for tasks where all you need is to tranfer small data over WiFi to a server using an API, I can tell my feeling is it is far from being mature: in most situations you'll want ssl to be rock solid to auth nodes on server while I found it to break every now and then.

No need to use more RAM, no need for exta pins, I left many unused.

If you tell me esp-32 is the to-go option for whatever reason, I might understand pros and cons.

If you tell me esp8266 port is mature I'll argue.

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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by pythoncoder » Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:41 am

In my opinion until this issue is fixed ESP32 is unusable for any serious WiFi application.
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Re: Is development ended for ESP8266?

Post by neurino » Tue Nov 06, 2018 6:22 pm

mattyt wrote:
Wed Oct 24, 2018 10:46 pm
But I will chase up the daily build system breakage.
Hello, had you had any feedback on this topic?

Still daily builds are still to 4 months ago :(

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