[amsat-bb] Re: Better/best operating system for SatPC32?
ko6th.greg at gmail.com
Sat May 18 11:37:58 PDT 2013
And it's free. And that includes not having to pay for anti-virus
software on top of paying for the O/S (though in this case apparently
Win 7 is already there), or reboot for the ever-coming patches. And even
if you use the free AV software, it still takes up valuable CPU and
memory resources, which on a smaller machine can be a killer.
Uptime on this PC, by the way, is currently 224 days. OpenSuSE 12.1, on
an old 2 ghz AMD Sempron. I think I have 3gb of RAM installed, but it
used to have a lot less 224 days ago (under a gig, if I recall). My PC
at work is running OpenSusE 11.4, and it's been up for well over 200
days as well. I also run VMPlayer with Windows 7 inside, but it's up and
down like a yo-yo with the corporate-driven patches that get applied.
APRSIS/32, if you want to run APRS, works excellently in Wine on Linux,
much better in my opinion than XASTIR. I have also run several of the
Windows-based satellite tracking programs in Wine, if you need
compatibility, though I prefer gpredict.
Ubuntu is a very popular Linux distro, but I prefer OpenSuSE. The user
experience is more main-stream (but without being too Windows-like), and
all of the system configuration utilities are bundled into a single
setup tool, so they're easy to find and have the same look & feel.
gordonjcp at gjcp.net wrote:
> On Sat, May 18, 2013 at 10:33:18AM -0400, Philip Jenkins wrote:
>> The refurbs are pretty cheap, so I may get two and install XP on one and
>> some flavor of Linux on the other (I'm the most familiar with Ubuntu (but
>> that isn't saying much), but open to suggestions.) Does Linux still support
>> serial ports?
> Yes, of course! There's the added advantage that you don't need additional drivers for USB-to-serial converters, too, which takes a bit more uncertainty out of things.
> If it ever was supported, it should be supported now. Okay, the kernel-mode soundmodem stuff has gone, but that was a stupid idea ;-) Remember those old floppy connector tape drives? They're still supported - if you can get a real genuine FDC to play with...
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