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[aprssig] New aprs client available for windows - xastir

Lynn W. Deffenbaugh (Mr) ldeffenb at homeside.to
Thu Apr 29 17:14:46 UTC 2010


According to http://www.andlinux.org/reqs.php

"OS: Windows 2000 / XP / 2003 / Vista / 7 (currently only the 32-bit 
versions are supported) "

This doesn't work if you're running 64 bit Windows as that requires 
signed drivers which the coLinux under the covers of andLinux doesn't 
have available yet.

Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Wishing to be proven wrong so I could actually DO this!


Wes Johnston, AI4PX wrote:
> Ok, now that I have your attention..... here's an easy way to run 
> xastir in windows.  Seriously easy.
>  
>
> This is the procedure to install and run Xastir from within windows.  
> This will work with XP, Vista and Windows 7.  Although this document 
> may look long, in a nutshell there are really only two steps.  You 
> will simply be installing a program called andLinux and once it’s 
> running you will install and run Xastir.
>
>  
>
> Prerequisites:
>
> You will need administrator privileges to install this program.
>
>  
>
> Make sure you do not access the internet through 192.168.11.x 
> network.  If you do, please change the sub net to 192.168.12.x or 
> other.  This may require making changes to your router and rebooting 
> all PCs in the house.  There is a workaround which requires editing 3 
> files, but generally it is easier to change your network settings.  
> We’ll cover that later if needed.
>
>  
>
> Enable windows file sharing.  You’ll want to be able to allow xastir 
> to access maps you get from CD or USB drives.  You can use the Shared 
> Documents folder to allow this.
>
>  
>
> Download the andLinux program.  Go to 
> http://www.andlinux.org/downloads.php and download the approximately 
> 200meg file.
>
>  
>
> Installation.
>
> You will be installing a linux application that runs in the background 
> of your PC.  You will use a sort of remote desktop to access this 
> background application via a fake TCP/IP connection.
>
>  
>
> Run the installer and accept all defaults.  When the installer asks 
> you for a username and password for linux choose one.  It is OK to use 
> the same password you use for your windows login or you can choose 
> another.  At the next screen select SAMBA file sharing and press next.
>
>  
>
> At the shared folders setup, choose SharedDocuments from the 
> pulldown.  Enter your windows username and password.  This will allow 
> the andLinux background application to swap files in the shared 
> documents folder with windows.
>
>  
>
> Accept the defaults for the remainder of the options.
>
>  
>
> Reboot your PC.
>
>  
>
> When you log in again, you will be asked to unblock Xming Server and 
> Pulseaudio server.  Press the unblock buttons.
>
>  
>
> Test your internet connection to see if it is still working.  Go to a 
> web site such as cnn or google to test it.  If your PC used an address 
> in the range of  192.168.11.x, you may have problems getting to the 
> internet.  Do not uninstall andLinux!  See 
> http://www.andlinux.org/wiki/index.php5?title=Howto:_change_andLinux_network_configuration 
> for more information if your internet has stopped working.
>
>  
>
> Notice there is a little black and white yin yang symbol in the 
> taskbar near the clock now.  Right click on it and choose Synaptic.  A 
> “dos” window will pop open and ask you for a password.  Use the 
> password that you used when the setup program asked you for a linux 
> username and password.  Make sure you click in the “dos” window before 
> typing to give it focus.  It may not show your keystrokes for the 
> password.
>
>  
>
> If this does not launch or you get an error about not able to connect 
> to 192.168.11.150, you will need to add an exception to your firewall 
> for the Xming server.
>
>  
>
> Installing XASTIR.
>
> If everything worked above, you will have launched Synaptic.  It is 
> used to install additional programs.  Scroll through the list on the 
> right and look for xastir.  Yes, there are a lot of programs listed.  
> Click the box beside xastir and select “mark for installation”.   It 
> will popup with a number of additional programs that will need to be 
> installed.  Simply check “mark for installation”.
>
>  
>
> Once you have selected all the programs you wish to install, click 
> “Apply” on the menu bar of Synaptic.  It will download and install 
> xastir for you.  You must be online when you click apply.
>
>  
>
> Synaptic will verify that you want to download files.  Do NOT check 
> the box that says download only…. You want Synaptic to install the 
> files for you, right?  Leave the box unchecked.  The installation of 
> xastir will require about 10.5megs of files be downloaded.
>
>  
>
> When it is done, close Synaptic.  You can now run xastir, but let’s 
> generate your APRS internet password first.
>
>  
>
> Right click on the yinyang and run terminal window.
>
>  
>
> In the “dos” window, type      callpass y0urcall  .  It will respond 
> with a 4 or 5 digit number which you need to write down.  This number 
> is unique to your callsign and will be used when you setup internet 
> access later.
>
>  
>
> Now run xastir by typing xastir in the “dos” window and pressing enter.
>
>  
>
> Xastir will run and prompt you to put in your call and location.  You 
> can rough in the location and set it exactly later using the mapping 
> screen.  You may wish to turn off your numlock key.
>
>  
>
> Congratulations, you have xastir running on windows!  The next time 
> you want to run xastir, open a terminal window and type xastir 
> <enter>.  If you type xastir &<enter> you will be able to close the 
> terminal window while xastir continues to run.
>
>  
>
> If you are feeling frisky, you can download the source code for xastir 
> and install it to have the latest version but that is beyond the scope 
> of this document.  If you need to connect to a locally attached TNC, 
> use AGWPE on the windows machine and connect xastir to it.
>
>  
> Wes
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