CraftBian General Information

Everything about CraftBian not relating to coding/programming. This includes downtime, upcoming features/versions and more

So the time has come for me to get some things out, I should’ve announced a while ago.

CraftBian 2, will most likely never see the day of light. Neither will further development of CraftBian 1

I’m sorry that i have to announce this. But you might also have known it somewhat already, since no news about development for CraftBian has been released for over a year. The reason I’ve decided to do this now and not earlier, is simply because that I’ve actually wanted to get back into the development of CraftBian 2, but the only thing that has changed since i began, is that I’ve lost even more time to work on it.

My wife and I bought an old house back in july last year, which we took over in November last year, and that has simply taken away all the time I’ve had. Since its an old house, there’s just so much stuff to work on and we’re not even close to being done yet. I’ve refused to give up on CraftBian, but I must admit, that i can no longer defend not letting go any longer. So the conclusion had to come to this.

CraftBian has never been anything I’ve made lots of money from. Not many people has ever bought it, BUT that has also never been the thing that has been driving me to continue the developing it. It has always been because of the interest in both programming and Minecraft.

I wont completely rule any future development out just yet. Once we get settled in our house and things begin to fall in place, I will for sure return to programming. And a good way of doing that might very well by picking up CraftBian 2 were i left off. I just cannot say when that will be.

But until then, its been a good and fun ride. The project started as an idea i had with a fellow student to be able to run a Minecraft server on a Raspberry Pi.. I had never imagined it would evolve into a full fledged web administration interface!

Many of you know that CraftBian relies on my web services provided on cba.today. Those are not going to be shutdown anytime soon. They will continue to operate as long as i have cba.today which I have no plans in shutting down. Basically this means, that everything should continue to work as it has been doing until now. I just cannot guarantee that i will fix the web services, if they break down, as fast as I’ve been able to earlier. The CraftBian listing on Sellfy has also been taken down, and i plan to make an announcement inside CraftBian that will link to this post later. I might also take down the Facebook page later, I’m not sure about that just yet.

I want to make a special and HUGE THANK YOU to my friend Shadowstreik. If it wasn’t for this guy, CraftBian wouldn’t have made it even close to as far as it did. I truly believe that he has been responsible for finding, reporting, testing and helping crush at least 70% of all bugs in CraftBian. So to whoever still uses this, you owe a thanks to this guy!

Thanks for all your support and help along the way.

I’ve released CraftBian version 1.5 which fixes some issues with the new Minecraft Server version from 1.13 and up .. Mojang/Microsoft has changed the games command system quite a bit, so i had to make some changes in CraftBian to make it able to talk to Minecraft servers in the new way.

This new version also features some changes for how ram is calculated, mounting is done, and more. The reason for these changes is for compatibility with the new image, which is no longer based on Minibian, but the official Raspbian distro instead. I’ve decided to this basically because the old image was running a few versions behind of CraftBian, and because it seems that the image it was based on, Minibian, is no longer updated, and finally to make it Raspberry Pi 3B+ compatible.

This might very well be the last version of CraftBian 1 you will see, but i said that for version 1.4 too, so lets see what the future brings!

You can find out more about the changes in CraftBian on bitbucket here 

To get the new image,  you simply have to open the mail you got from Sellfy when buying CraftBian. That mail will contain a link, which now holds the new version of CraftBian, called CraftBian_v1.5

If that is not possible for you, write me on my email: djda9l@gmail.com !

Got my Raspberry Pi 3 B+ today. First of all i confirmed that the current available image of CraftBian is not working with the Raspberry Pi 3 B+, so I’m going to have to look into this.

I’ve been thinking about what to do, and I might actually create a new image based on Raspbian. The reason for this is because it is the official OS, so support is high. Secondly this OS is compatible with all Raspberry Pi’s so i can make a single image, and everyone can use it. And lastly, i can get the newest version of CraftBian unto the image so people wont have to update it when they first get it!

On the right picture you can see the units i currently have i test with. From the top:

  1. Raspberry Pi Model B – Used primarily for notes and power control in my home (the wires on top are the GPIO interface attached to a 433 MHz transmitter, so that i can send signals to different outlets around the house)
  2. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B –  CraftBian 2 Development unit. I’m using this one for developing CraftBian 2, because this is the slowest model i have that can handle Minecraft. The reason i use the slowest unit, is because i can then track how it performs as development goes on.
  3. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B – Used for other development projects
  4. Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ – The new unit. Will be used for creating the new image for CraftBian 1, and used for debugging CraftBian 1 afterwards
  5. Asus TinkerBoard – Will be used for testing and debugging CraftBian 2 on other platforms than Raspberry Pi

Thats all for now!

I got notified about CraftBian 1 not being compatible with the new Raspberry Pi 3 B+, and since i did not have a unit for testing with, I’ve just ordered one.

If my immediate assumptions are correct, this has to do with the image being rather old now. I then have two options

  1. Create a new image specific for the Raspberry Pi 3 B+
  2. Create a new image that is compatible with all the current compatible Raspberry Pi’s and the new model

I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet. But since CraftBian 2 is eventually going to come out, i might focus my work on that instead, and go with the easy solution for this issue, which is the first option.

Once i get my unit and start testing i will return with more info!

I’ve decided to create this blog so that it is easier for people to get information about CraftBian. This will contain everything that is NOT related to programming/coding CraftBian 1/2, however it may contain general information about the development of CraftBian 1/2. It is also intended to hold information about downtime, new upcoming features, links to videos and more..