Do I have latest linux driver?

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commandlinekid
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Do I have latest linux driver?

Post by commandlinekid » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:42 pm

Hello

I have a Nooelec Dongle. I would like to know if I have the latest Rpi driver.

I am using this: git://git.osmocom.org/gr-osmosdr

I have different servers running for different things at different times but am I running the best driver? Thank you.

I am running this device: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GD ... UTF8&psc=1


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Re: Do I have latest linux driver?

Post by rtlsdrblog » Thu Apr 04, 2019 12:30 am

Yes the Osmocom drivers are still the best ones to use in most cases, and now have most of the improvements from other branches.

If you installed from source it'll be the newest version. If from repos (apt-get etc), it may be older.

hotpaw2
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Re: Do I have latest linux driver?

Post by hotpaw2 » Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:29 pm

There may be no "best" server, as different forks and different servers have different improvements, some too new or experimental to make it into the Osmocom branch. However, the Osmocom branch is probably the best for general new users.

Kenn
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Re: Do I have latest linux driver?

Post by Kenn » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:22 pm

Backing up what Admin and hotpaw2 posted, the Osmocom driver is probably the best all around choice. It seems to work with most apps.

I've done some informal experiments with the Keenerd fork of the driver. It seems to work noticeably better with CubicSDR and Spektrum (ie better reception, fewer spikes, flatter overall response) but GQRX and dump1090 didn't like it.

Has anyone done a comparison of the various forks?

-K

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