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[aprssig] xastir install!!! wowsa!

John Kraus jfkraus3 at cox.net
Sun Sep 26 20:03:47 UTC 2004


I am very impressed.

I followed these instructions and it worked quite well.  I did get a couple 
of errors related to apt-get being unable to access the 
ftp://metalab.unc.edu site but these errors did not prevent the XASTIR 
installation.

My total time from start to finish was about 4 hours but this included the 
installation of a spare 6.5GB hard drive into the AMD K-6 450 machine and 
the wiping of all old data from that drive.

One caveat, once the system is up with Xastir enter your station location 
and then zoom in dramatically. Pick zoom levels from about 100 down in 
order to see street level maps. be careful with the USradar.geo 
selection.  It is bogging down may machine for 4-15 minutes at a time and I 
can't seem to get it to stop.

My one wish so far would be stop downloading button that would give me back 
control of the program without having to wait for it to get around to me. 
Once I selected USradar.geo I can't seem to get it unselected and every 
attempt to change the map starts another wait.


At 02:20 PM 9/25/2004, you wrote:
>1)downloaded mepis "live cd" version of linux.  I burned the image on a 
>CD.  Took about 1 hour on my cable modem.  It can be downloaded at several 
>mirrors... here is one: 
>ftp://ftp.ibiblio.org/pub/linux/distributions/mepis/released/SimplyMEPIS-2004.02.iso
>
>2)booted the "live cd" on a 500mhz PC which happens to run on 12v thanks 
>to a clever ATX power supply.  3 minutes to boot.
>
>3)clicked on the "install to hdd" icon and followed the wizard.  Took 35 
>minutes to install linux to the HDD.
>
>4)booted from HDD into mepis linux.  Typed "apt-get update" and "apt-get 
>install xastir" in a terminal window.  Xastir 1.3.2 was loaded along with 
>GPSman and a bunch of other accessory libraries.  Took 3 minutes.
>
>5)Ran xastir from command prompt and created an interface to 
>kc4pl.zapto.org:14580 and connected to him.  1 minute.
>
>So, from start to finish I downloaded the linux operating system, burned a 
>CD, installed the O/S, and installed xastir in 1hour and 42 minutes.
>
>If I already had the mepis CD, I could have done it in 42 minutes
>
>If I already had mepis (or other debian variant of linux) running, I could 
>have had xastir running in 4 minutes.
>
>Wes
>
>
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