Thinking back to my trip to the Caribbean
a few years ago, we had two laptops on board one being a backup for the other. The things we used the computer for were:
- Navigation software
- ran Fugawi ENC
- Tide Tables - ran WXTide32
- had a Globalstar phone
and used XGate
- once in a blue moon I got through on Globalstar
- Stars and planets - PocketStar
If I was going again (and I will) I would also use it for:
Skype - cheap
calls if wireless internet
- it would have been really nice to have when we half way to Mexico
when we were surrounded by freighters and cruise
Anything else people use their computer for on board?
So I want to see how much of this I can get working on the little XO computer or something similiar that draws very little current
and is suppose to be very rugged. I would still bring along an my Windows XP laptop
but it might be just the backup computer.
So far I've found two navigation
programs that work: Mariner (actually not working very well yet) and SeaClear under Wine which seems to work very well. I would have preferred to have Fugawi ENC
as I've used it for years but can't get to work under Wine.
The tide program was only really needed on the cruise
a few times but at those times it was realy nice to have. As I said we used WXTide32. I knew there was Linux version called XTide of this so I thought this would be easy to get going on the XO so I did a:
yum install xtide
and it found it but the download was the biggest yet 47Meg. Yum eventually ran out of memory and terminated early. I knew I had seen somewhere that mentioned how to get more memory for yum to run and finally I found it. You have to turn off the windows part of Linux by issuing:
This puts you in console mode where you can then rerun yum with more memory available. After the download you have to enter: reboot
So now yum worked and I had Xtide installed but when I ran it it got:
"Xtide Fatal Error: CANT_LOAD_FONT
A font required by XTide does not appear to be on the system."
Unfortunately it didn't tell me which font. I did a lot of internet searches trying to find the missing font but finally gave up.
I decided to install the windows verion called WXTide32 and run it under Wine and surprise, surprise it works, ...well nearly. A couple of small things don't work but the program is still quite usable. Also it installed in a funny
directory ProgA~1 rather than Program Files and I had to change the name of the harmonics file in the harmonics.idx.
If anyone wants all the details about installing WXTide32, let me know and I will post them or send you an email
So I am having more luck running Windows programs under Wine than the programs that are suppose to run natively under Linux.