Pycom and Damien George join forces for the ESP32
We are pleased to confirm that after further discussions with Damien George, we have decided to work together on a single Port of MicroPython for the ESP32. This Port will be MIT licensed thus enabling Pycom and the existing MP community to build a super-rich and quality code base hosted on the official MicroPython repository.
We will be submitting Pull-requests to the MP repository over the next 2 to 3 weeks starting early next week. When the Port is feature ready, Pycom will switch to using this as the source to build the firmware for all our ESP32 based products.
In Pycom’s Github account, we will host a fork of this jointly built ESP 32 port where we will add our advanced network features such as LoRa, Sigfox and Cellular all of which will be covered by our existing GPL V3.
Pycom is committed to propagating MicroPython amongst the IoT industry as we firmly believe this great language is the ideal solution for rapid product development in an already complex space.
The Pycom Team
livius last edited by
Is the work still in progress or have been abandoned?
@Roosted thanks for your message. I agree we should have made lots more progress by now, but lack of resources and time has slowed us down. We have contributed with the multi-threading part, and also BLE which is still pending to be merged.
You can still use Pycom's ESP32 port, its GPLV3 license allows you to do anything you want with the code as long as it remains open source. Isn't that what open source is all about ;-)?
What do you suggest we could do in order to help the SHA2017 badge be a success?
Such a shame there have been very little upstream PR's in the past months... Pycom's micropython version has grown a lot, and has become very nice.
The upcoming event SHA2017 is a non profit outdoor Hacker camp taking place in The Netherlands in 2017 on August 4th to 8th. The first 4500 people that buy a ticket will receive a free electronic badge with a ESP32, e-ink display and touch sensor. We want our badge to be more than a namecard: a hackable piece of hardware, and thus we would like to run the upstream micropython on our badge. More information on our badge is available on Hackaday and our blog.
Is there any progress in the pipeline for the upstreaming of your micropython Pycom?
And would you be interested in Pycom promotion via our badge?
Well, we were too optimistic with the timelines. There are 2 things happening:
- The transition is a lot more complex than we initially thought.
- We are also working on several other things in parallel which limits the amount of time than we can dedicate to the merge.
Anyway, it's already happening:
Next thing will be Bluetooth, but I expect a lot of discussion around the API before it's approved to be merged.
jmarcelino last edited by
It seems to be already going?
@crankshaft If you compare the two MicroPython ports for esp32 and the Pycom family, you'll notice that they are quite different, not only in matters of implementation, but also in the various classes. That looked like a lot of decisions to be made on which port is changed and how, and all of that while Pycom still piles up a lot of other challenges. And so I was surprised about the short time line announced.
Maybe, the '2 to 3 weeks' are to be understood like the Singaporean 'in 6 Months'. I'll be glad when it comes.
crankshaft last edited by
@daniel - so it appears that more than 2 months has passed and the various promises to submit these pull requests have still not been carried out ?
...starting early next week.
...The PR's will start appearing this coming week.
...We expect to be able to submit those 2 PRs tomorrow.
...We plan to send a burst of PR's over the weekend.
OK, we have started the process. The first step is to add some changes to the IDF:
Now the next immediate step is to create PRs in micropython-esp32 for the following:
- Refactor the socket module to allow multiple NICs (WiFi, LoRa, Sigfox, LTE, ...)
- Add support to build different boards (WiPy, LoPy, SiPy, ...)
We expect to be able to submit those 2 PRs tomorrow.
Jeck last edited by
Great news! Thank you for bringing uPy forward!
Any progress here? I have not seen a single PR..
I know... we are delayed :-(
We plan to send a burst of PR's over the weekend.
The PR's will start appearing this coming week.
Any progress here? I have not seen a single PR..
@daniel Awesome! I'm looking forward to it!
@Roosted we are a bit delayed on this but it's definitely going to happen. Last week we were completely overloaded with Sigfox. The PR's will start appearing this coming week.
Is there any news on this?
starting early next week.
We are now almost one week further, and I have not seen any PR.. :(
Would love to see this happen!
Keep the awesome software work going!
Awesome, this is the best news i'e heard form Pycom since a while :D
- Upstream open source code
pdp8user last edited by
That's very good news! The long-term benefits to all developers and manufacturers of a single MicroPython evolution stream can't be underestimated:-)
That's the right move for our all good.
@jmarcelino we will continue with our fast pace of development and release cycles, and we'll make sure there's no extra overhead for bug reports and fixes.
We already have commit privileges on the official MicroPython repository, you should be able to see my name here: https://github.com/orgs/micropython/people I've been part of that team since the WiPy 1.0 was in development (~2 years ago) :-)
jmarcelino last edited by jmarcelino
This is excellent news, having a single ESP32 port with such a permissive license means contributions truly benefit everyone and it's likely there will be a lot more of them.
However at the same time it does add another administrative layer on the "development" stack
User bug report/requirement ->
Pycom -> Pycom repo -> MicroPython repo -> ESP-IDF repo
I hope we can continue to enjoy the short release cycles and fixes while riding the fast moving target that is the ESP-IDF.
Will someone from Pycom join the MicroPython team, for example with commit privileges?