Merry Christmas: openHAB 2.0 beta5 has been released!

(Kai Kreuzer) #1


less than 2 hours before Christmas eve, I am happy to announce the availability of openHAB 2 beta5 (downloads available on Bintray as well as on the apt “testing” repository).

Again, a lot of work has been spent over the past 3 months since beta4 to stabilize the code and to bring in new features and improvements - it is by far more than I would be able to list here as there were almost 600 pull requests merged since beta4. This makes 200 per month, i.e. more than 6 every single day! This is really a vibrant community :slight_smile:

But let me nonetheless name a few highlights:

  • There is a newly introduced welcome page on the very first start after a fresh installation. This makes it easier for beginners to choose a set of add-ons to start with (a detailed documentation of the packages will follow soon).
  • A new audio & voice infrastructure is in place, which now allows using text-to-speech engines on different outputs, such as Sonos speakers, Chromecast devices or Onkyo receivers - more to come!
  • The storage of Things, Items, etc. that are created through the Paper UI or HABmin is no longer done in the binary mapDB. Instead this is now stored as (human-readable) JSON, so that there is a chance to look into it, manipulate it if necessary and more easily create partial backups.
  • HABPanel has made a huge progress and it is no longer declared “experimental”, but is considered to be a well working dashboard UI for openHAB.
  • Last but not least, I would like to also mention that beta5 has the new openHAB Cloud Connector add-on included, which is required to connect to the new myopenHAB service that is hosted by the openHAB Foundation.

To eat my own dog food, I have switched my personal production environment at home to openHAB 2 in November and (like I have heard from many others) it is running stable and smooth since then. This makes me confident that we should have openHAB 2.0 released soon and recommend it to the whole community as a replacement of openHAB 1.x. Thus, I have agreed with the @maintainers that we would like to aim for January 22, 2017 for the openHAB 2.0 release! One of the major things that needs improvement is the documentation, though. @ThomDietrich has put a lot of effort into its structure and content, but you will still find many places that ask for contributions - so if you feel that you have some knowledge, which you would want to share there, please help improving the documentation!

With this, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and would like to thank the whole openHAB community for their passion and enthusiasm about openHAB! Keep up the good work and let us all look together forward to a successful 2017!

Kind regards,

(Hakan Tandogan) #2

All good and well, but the most interesting question is…

What binding do you use to control the christmas tree?


(Markus) #3

Hi Kai,

great news - is it also already provided via apt-get?

Marry Christmas and thanks for your efforts for this great software!

(Kai Kreuzer) #4

Yes, see my very first sentence:

Have fun!

(B K) #6

@MikeH, definitely appears to be a temporary error accessing, not openHAB related at all (that package appears to be downloaded.

@Kai, Excellent news! I’m busy switching my (and my parents’ home) environments to OH2 as we speak! I hope to be able to contribute to the community myself, someday, but for now, Merry Christmas to you and keep up the great work on OH in the new year!

(Angelos) #7

Santa came early :smile:

Great stuff from the openHAB team! Keep it up @maintainers !!! :clap: :+1:

Many wishes for a great holiday period to all !

(Dominic Lerbs) #8

Also from me thanks to all the @maintainers for all the endless hours you’ve spent to create such a great piece of software!
Looking forward to upgrade to beta5 during the holiday season and play with it.
Happy and relaxing holidays!

(Vincent Vallarine) #9

What’s the difference between the ‘snapshot’ builds from vs this beta5 release posted to bintray? At this point, are the SNAPSHOT builds the equivalent of ‘beta5’ plus nightly/daily updates?

(Karel Goderis) #10

mmmmh… how to convince you to use the KNX 2.0 binding then… :wink: :wink:

(MikeH) #11

Since this last update I am having problems getting “” to work. The error from my browser is: 404 Not Found. My logs show that OpenHAB is continually disconnecting and reconnecting to the cloud. Any help would be appreciated.

[INFO ] [io.openhabcloud.internal.CloudClient] - Connected to the openHAB Cloud service (UUID = xxxx, base URL = http://localhost:8080)
2016-12-24 07:59:04.643 [ERROR] [io.openhabcloud.internal.CloudClient] - Socket.IO error: io.socket.engineio.client.EngineIOException: xhr poll error
2016-12-24 07:59:04.648 [INFO ] [io.openhabcloud.internal.CloudClient] - Disconnected from the openHAB Cloud service (UUID = xxxx, base URL = http://localhost:8080)

(Matthew Valeri) #12

I don’t think it’s related to the update. I haven’t updated and I’m having issues also.

(SiHui) #13

General problem with the cloud at the moment, don’t start to troubleshoot :slight_smile:

(MikeH) #14

OK, thanks for the update.

(Markus Schneider) #15

Thanks for the update
I updated from beta 4 to beta 5 via apt-get.
Since this I don’t See any Bindings or other things in the Papier ui in the extensions Part.
I use the openhab-offline package

(SiHui) #16

That is because of this:

So you have to install the bindings again and define your things …

(Markus Schneider) #17

I can’t install any Binding from the Papier ui or habmin.
How to reinstall them?

(Jason Brunk) #18

AWESOME!!! Thanks Kai!!! Keep up the great work!! super excited!!

(Reinhard Eidelsburger) #19

Really great. I have updated openhab2-offline on my Raspberry Pi 3 from 2.0.0~20161225164049 to 2.0.0~20161203033012 and it worked without any problems.

The only issue I had that I must reinstall the bindings for KNX and Fritzbox TR064.

Thanks for this christmas release. Now I’m waiting for the Release 2.0 with anticipation :slight_smile:

(Hans-Thomas Mueller) #20

After apt-get to the offline package beta5 I’m not able to install anything with the Paper-UI. The operation times out.
In the openhab.log is a [WARN ] message stating [url.mvn.internal.AetherBasedResolver] - Error resolving artifactorg.apache.karaf.bundle:org.apache.karaf.bundle.core:jar:4.0.4:Could not find artifact org.apache.karaf.bundle:org.apache.karaf.bundle.core:jar:4.0.4

Also, all vesions shown in the Paper-UI are shown as 2.00b4


(Abin Mathew Abraham) #21

great work team… superb…