TechMinds: Testing SDR++ The Bloat Free SDR Software
Over on YouTube TechMinds has recently released a video where he overview SDR++, dubbed as the "bloat free SDR software". We've been following the development of SDR++ for a while, and recently posted about the release of version V1.0.0. SDR++ is an open source, cross platform, C++ based GUI general receiver program for various SDRs including the RTL-SDR. In another recent post we also saw a video review from Sarah at SignalsEverywhere.
The the video TechMinds gives an overview of the SDR++ features and GUI, and also shows DSD+ and WSJT-X running together with it. He notes that SDR++ lives up to it's expectations and lives up to it's bloat free tagline.
SDR++ Multi Platform SDR Application
SDR++ is a nice piece of software, but it doesn’t seem oriented on HF or MW DX. Most standard tools, like notch, PBT, noise blanker, AM sync, AGC, etc are greatly missed. For VHF it does pretty good!
As an SDR user & a Windows & Linux user I am disappointed that SDR++ does not come as a ready to install package for Linux.
I have actively discussed this in the SDR Facebook group & the general reply is that it has to be built from several different packages, this in my professional opinion as someone who works in the communications industry will NOT do anything to endure it to enthusiasts who run Linux.
In this day & age it needs to be in a ready to download & run Linux package at least for the most common Linux O/S’s
The thing about open source is that you build it from source. Oh, and you are also encouraged to modify the source, make it better and contribute it back to the project for the benefit of the community.
Besides that, see here: https://github.com/AlexandreRouma/SDRPlusPlus/releases/tag/1.0.3 There are debs for Debian and Ubuntu, a pkg for mac and a zip for Windows. Not enough?
it would be nice if there was a distribution for fedora.
Does anyone have an idea why the choice to call SDR++ “bloat free SDR software”? Seems unfair! On Windows, SDRSharp and HDSDR are quick to load and very responsive even with old processors.
It’s small [the .deb file is a whole 2.5MB], loads fast and it’s not overloaded with features. It’s fair to call it bloat-free.
Any unfair slight against other SDR applications is the product of an overactive imagination 🙂