11 Jan 2010


What is Linux ? Well - It's a free Unix-type operating system originally created by Linus Torvalds with the assistance of developers around the world. Developed under the GNU General Public License , the source code for Linux is freely available to everyone. Some time ago I started playing with Linux and you could'nt even copy and paste with it but these days it's a whole new world and you can have a fully "working", AND stable environment in which to work, and you can run mainstream compatible software in the form of Browsers, Word, Excel, Presentation, Financial, etc... most of this will run right out of the box - including "Amateur Radio Softwares". without the need to "compile", which is something that scares most off - I have compiled stuff in the past but most of the "Packages" are Pre-compiled for most of the top Linux distro's, wich are Ubuntu, Suse 12, Fedora, Mandriva, Pc Os Linux, Debian, Mint. Ham software has until recently been a bit thin on the ground but now the boffins have been hard at work and there are prorams for just about everything now especially Loggers/psk31/mapping/aprs - a good place to look is the Debian website, look under the stable section under Amateur radio or ham --->  http://packages.debian.org/stable/hamradio/ I have been using Ubuntu (Gnome desktop) for three years and have found most of the software I need in their repositories - if not you normally find it on the Authors sites, or alternatively here : http://sourceforge.net/ Amateur Radio packeges I CAN recommend having used them: CQRLOG  -  FLDIGI  -  XLOG  -  xdx (Dx Cluster client)  -  QRQ (High speed CW trainer) Predict (Satellite tracking)  all these are ongoing projects and are constantly updated. I hope this might be of some use to those embarking on the Linux voyage ! Dont be afraid - it's free as well !
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