[aprssig] KNOPPIX and XASTIR

Dave Baxter dave at emv.co.uk
Sun Aug 19 11:40:10 CDT 2007

I have a Mandrake 9.something PC here.  Like you, I find it very frustrating to use.  The only thing useful I've done with it, is use it for running an EchoLink Proxy.  And even that has to be loaded manually each time.  Something strange about Java app's, you can't "launch" them at start-up automatically.  OK, so the usual "Office" type stuff runs OK, as does web browsing and email etc.
Updates?  Forget it, none available unless you scrub it, and install a "clean" copy of Mandriva or some other version of Linux.  (I can't be bothered personally with all that again)
Knoppix.  Have that (Harve's hamshack hack)  It's very fussy about screen hardware I find.  And takes an age to boot, even on a multi GHZ machine with 100's of MB of ram..
Xastir on Knoppix, I did get it to load once, but when I tried customising it (My callsign etc) it kept crashing.   Virtually no maps for anything outside the US available in a usable form either.  (No flame wars please, try it, they don't work!)
About the best "Live" Linux CD I've found, is the "Puppy" versions.  Fast, stable, and updatable.  Google for "Puppy Linux".  But...  Little Ham software available for that version the last time I looked (3 months ago)  Again, all the usual stuff works fine, it even found a way past our company proxy/firewall all by itself.  Even Windows can't do that without help!...
Dave G0WBX


From: Jason Rausch [mailto:jason at ke4nyv.com]
Sent: Sat 18/08/2007 03:31
To: TAPR APRS Mailing List
Subject: Re: [aprssig] KNOPPIX and XASTIR

Not to steal this thread, but does anyone have some
tips for installing XASTIR on Mandrake 8.1?  Better
yet, is there some way to "live update" Mandrake to a
Mandriva kernel and then install from there?  I have
attempted an "apt-get" with no luck.  It actually
tells me that it doesn't recognize apt-get as a valid

I am in NO WAY handy with Linux.  I just recently
dusted off this copy of 8.1 and installed it on a
spare machine.  I went ahead and installed every
package available on the CD, hoping that I might
actually be able to do somthing with it.  It seems
like everytime I try to play with Linux, a couple of
days later I want to throw the computer through the
wall.  So, I give up and go play with somthing else.

Jason KE4NYV
RPC Electronics

--- "Wes Johnston, AI4PX" <wes at ai4px.com> wrote:

> look for harv's hamshack hack...
> http://hamshack-hack.sourceforge.net
> I did recompile it a year ago to include street maps
> of south carolina for
> use at our local NWS office.
> Wes
> On 8/17/07, Andrew Rich <vk4tec at people.net.au>
> wrote:
> >
> >  Anyone made .ISO for using XASTIR off a boot disk
> ?
> >
> >
> >
> > Andrew Rich VK4TEC
> > vk4tec at people.net.au
> > http://www.tech-software.net
> >
> >
> >
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