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[aprssig] MEPIS and mapping programs

Rick Green rtg at aapsc.com
Sat Oct 9 14:45:03 UTC 2004

On Sat, 9 Oct 2004, Joe Della Barba wrote:

> I have never used Linux before in my life, but all this talk about Mepis and
> Xastir got me interested. I downloaded the Mepis CD and booted an old laptop
> I have that *has no hard drive*. It is running right now as a functional web
> browser. It is obviosly virus proof since there is NO hard drive. I am still
> amazed this is even possible. Anyway, since I have broadband at my house I
> think I am going to set up a Xastir I-Gate.

I love to hear such a positive first-time linux user story, so it is with
great regret that I have to burst your bubble:  WHile the Mepis
distribution will run from CD only, the read-only CD device does not
provide any space to install additional applications.  So I have to tell
you that an investment in a hard drive will be necessary before you
proceed with further Linux application exploration.

> Which brings me to my two questions; Is Xastir a good app to run an
> I-Gate? Is there any kind of navigation software like Fugawi that runs
> on Linux?

  Xastir does indeed have an igate function.  I'm not familiar with
fugawi, so I can't comment on your second question.

Rick Green

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 temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety."
                                  -Benjamin Franklin

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