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CircuitPython 0.8.1 Released

First, say hello to Blinka, the friendly CircuitPython that will teach programming for microcontrollers and more!

Second, we’ve released the second beta of CircuitPython, 0.8.1. Download it from GitHub:

Thanks for the great response to the beta everyone! Here is a new release to test. Its got much of the same CircuitPython code as before but has been upgraded to MicroPython 1.8.7 code and GCC 6.2. So, please test it out and let us know what you think.

To install, download a .bin file and follow the guide here.

The Vagrantfile has also been updated to use the new GCC. To update it, save all the code you care about out of the vm, destroy it, pull and re-up the vm.

Changes:

* Merge in MicroPython 1.8.7
* Switch to GCC 6.2 (arm 2016q4 release)
* Change 0RX style pin names to two names, D0 and RX on some boards.
* Remove the `framebuf`. It made the binaries too large with all of the extra functionality added in 1.8.7.


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