June 18, 2024

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Via Southgate: GNU Radio aims to improve accessibility and usability

An ARDC grant will help make GNU Radio easier to use on Windows and improve the graphical user interface GNU Radio Companion

GNU Radio, a free and open-source software development toolkit that provides signal processing blocks to implement software radios, has embarked on a project to make the software more accessible to everyone, regardless of which operating system they use and how much experience they have with wireless communications and digital signal processing. GNU Radio developers have identified several improvements that will make the software more accessible and easier to maintain.

These improvements include:
• Easier installation of GNU Radio on Windows and MacOS computers,
• Easier installation of out-of-tree modules (OOTs),
• Better documentation to make GNU Radio easier to use, and
• Usability features for GNU Radio Companion (GRC).

The improvements were chosen because, while they were under development already, progress on them has been hindered by lack of specialized expertise. This grant from ARDC will allow GNU Radio to hire developers with the expertise needed to push these developments forward. For example, hiring a usability expert will give GNU Radio Companion, the project’s graphical user interface (GUI), a much-improved user experience.

For each improvement project, one or more mentors (who will be volunteers from the GNU Radio leadership or core developers) will guide the work. These mentors will help the contractors stay aligned to project goals and offer feedback at periodic intervals.

Source https://www.pr.com/press-release/863768

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