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[aprssig] AGWTracker now with dynamic mapping capability built-in

Jason Winningham jdw at eng.uah.edu
Mon Nov 28 18:17:38 UTC 2005


On Nov 28, 2005, at 11:51 AM, Dave Baxter wrote:

> Xastir, I also would like to try that, the screenshots look good, but,
> getting anything running on Linux, unless it was distributed with it, 
> or
> specificaly compiled for the distro you have seems next to impossible,

I'm a unix guy by profession, and I don't care for linux. Linux's 
problems seem to be similar to the hardware it runs on.  With everybody 
and his dog making PC hardware, much of it nearly but not quite 
identical, it's no wonder that linux tends to be a bit schizophrenic.  
Many packages/programs/projects/etc seem to revel in choosing a 
different way of doing things (like building and packaging software, 
for example), for no good reason other than to be different.

Try the Knoppix AFU live linux distribution.  There are several ham 
apps, xastir included.

I build xastir from source, and most of the packages it depends on use 
the "./configure;make;make install" method of compilation/installation. 
  Several don't, but that's enough to get you a running executable to 
explore.

If reading the xastir READMEs don't help, join the xastir mailing list 
and ask there.

> Other than the less than polished front end (and that is not meant as a
> gripe) FindU is about the best single system for APRS mapping.

Since at least 99% of my APRS activity is strictly RF, no internet at 
all, FindU (and most of the APRS-IS) could be gone for months before I 
missed it.  Xastir is the most map-agile APRS app out there, and I 
don't have to run windows to use it.

-Jason
kg4wsv





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