I'm Dave, the author of OpenCPN
I'm sorry some have had trouble with installing and using the program.
It is still in active development, with lots of known and unknown bugs.
We try not to release a version that crashes or hangs up under "normal"
use, but obviously you have had problems.
We are seriously looking for active users willing to provide specific
feedback on installation
and usage problems. Specific bugs can be corrected
in days, usually. Please contact me off-list if you would like to help.
We are committed to bringing OpenCPN
up to world-class standard. The
object is not to displace the many fine commercial
products available, but to
enable a viable Open Source alternative usable by real cruisers. OpenCPN
will never be (and can never be) a commercial
Personal note: Just returned from annual winter Bahamas cruise
. I'm in
culture shock at Palm Beach, FL. Back in the developement saddle now.
We are full-time cruisers with frequent WiFi communications