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W0CHP-PiStar-Dash -- A Custom and Enhanced Pi-Star Dashboard

This is my very highly modified and customized fork of MW0MWZ’s Pi-Star software, and I call it “W0CHP-PiStar-Dash”. There are so many large changes, divergences and new features, it merited my own fork/version.

The Rules and Caveats – IMPORTANT

Dashboard Screenshot

  • I really don’t want to regret publishing my open source software, only to be bombarded by inept hams who need hand-holding. I don’t have the time, patience nor desire to help the clueless. So PLEASE, do not ask me for support. This is my personal code, that I offer as a gift to power-users and hackers.

    • Anyone asking for support will be ignored, and very likely, torn a new asshole and mocked on this website for not following simple instructions.
    • Do NOT ask for support for W0CHP-PiStar-Dash on any official or unofficial Pi-Star support page/forum/medium/etc. This is not Andy’s (MW0MWZ) Pi-Star software! Users found doing so will be relentlessly mocked on this website.
    • Don’t believe me?
  • Running my version of the Pi-Star dashboard is for the initiated, talented and self-motivated. It is NOT for casual, clueless users/hams.

  • The ONLY person who supports this code, is YOU. Yes, you will need to figure shit out if/when things go awry; on your own.

  • This code/project is a moving target, has bugs (like any code does) and can be unstable. It also consumes more system resources due to the myriad improvements.

  • Issue / Bug Tracker and Pull Requests / Patches:

    • DO NOT ASK FOR SUPPORT. Repo and issue tracker access is for developers/hackers and contributors only!
    • The issue tracker is NOT for:
      1. Support requests
      2. Feature requests
      3. Other bullshit not germane to bugs, issues, etc.

    Your account will be deleted and banned if these boundaries are crossed.

  • I do, depending on my mood and availability, offer limited support via ham radio on XLX493 ; Module E. Other users will also be happy to help! A direct DMR conference to this module/room is bridged with BrandMeister and TGIF Networks: Simply call TalkGroup 3170603.

Read This Entire Fucking Page

I cannot stress this enough. Just read the rules above again, and read the entire page.. It’s informative and you’ll learn how to install it, restore the old dashboard, etc. I took the time to write it in order to help you. So read it. This web page is the only form of support I offer (aside from being on XLX493 ; Module E periodically).

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  1. W0CHP-PiStar-Dash was not created for single-core and low-powered hardware; such as the first generation RPi Zero, etc. (armv6l). This software will run very slow on under-powered hardware. Please consider yourself warned. Also, please ignore all of the idiot hams on various support mediums saying, “anything more than a Pi Zero is overkill”. These ignoramuses have no idea what goes on under the hood in order to display meaningful info on the dashboard. Hint: it’s a lot, and it’s very resource-intensive. Ignore them…they are dumb and they have no idea what they are talking about. 

  2. Piping to bash/shells/etc. from an online source is controversial (do a google search about it). However it’s convenient, and one can view & inspect the full & actual source code of the installer prior to piping to bash or installing. 

  3. W0CHP-PiStar-Dash occasionally queries the git repository server in order to determine if updates are available. In the spirit of full-disclosure, I wanted to mention this. This is no different than how the official Pi-Star software functions (but doesn’t make this well-known). Additionally, every W0CHP-PiStar-Dash installation has a unique UUID generated for it; for web/repo-traffic capacity planning/analytics, as well as for troubleshooting purposes. You can find the unique UUID within the /etc/pistar-release file. 

Ver. # 7a655e2 - Document last updated: 6/7/2022
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