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Old 25-08-2013, 00:32   #1
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Vesper XB-8000 and Linux

The Vesper XB-8000 comes with a windows based configuration utility and I believe something on an Iphone or other mobile device. I have no Iphone and I use a Linux based laptop with openCPN.
Question: Has anyone used the Vesper configuration utility that is meant to run under Windoze under Linux (in Wine) ???? If so, is it fully operational ?
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Re: Vesper XB-8000 and Linux

I'll pull up my Linux VMWare installation tomorrow and see if I can get it to install via Wine..

Could you perhaps install VMWare on your linux machine and install Windows on that?
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I'll pull up my Linux VMWare installation tomorrow and see if I can get it to install via Wine..

Could you perhaps install VMWare on your linux machine and install Windows on that?
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I have never run VMWare. I will look into what is required .... but as far as I know it requires a full windows install and license and presumably requires the computing power of a windows machine. I run my ship board system on a lowly netbook which MIGHT be good for a Windows 7 setup but am not sure - it only has 4 gigs of memory and a 125 gig hard drive. If this happens to be enough computer, I am not sure I want to spend over $100 for software to just run this one utility.
Is my understanding of VM Ware correct? Would the computer be suitable for the task?
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Re: Vesper XB-8000 and Linux

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The Vesper XB-8000 comes with a windows based configuration utility and I believe something on an Iphone or other mobile device. I have no Iphone and I use a Linux based laptop with openCPN.
Question: Has anyone used the Vesper configuration utility that is meant to run under Windoze under Linux (in Wine) ???? If so, is it fully operational ?
Ask the question on the Vesper website. Feel sure you will get the info you seek there.
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I have never run VMWare. I will look into what is required .... but as far as I know it requires a full windows install and license and presumably requires the computing power of a windows machine.
You're right. AFAIK there's no get-out from having a windows licence to stay legal. VMplayer itself is free-as-in-beer though and there are alternatives like virtualbox. Having said that trying to do virtualization on a netbook is not fun: Not enough oomph and the atom etc. processors don't have the virtualization support to make it easier. I'd not call it viable.

Given that so many boating applications are windows only you might save yourself a lot of hassle in the long run just installing your netbook as dual-boot. If you had a Windows licence with the netbook, use that, otherwise consider investing in a basic windows licence and lose 30GB of disc to it. Navionics chart update software for example is windows-only. You'll save hassle in the long run. My current netbook (sounds like yours) is the first one I've owned in 17 years where I didn't ditch windows completely

Downunder's suggestion is sound. You might find that the software is a nice GUI which sends proprietary NMEA sentences down the serial line to configure the unit. If that's the case and IF (big if) you can find out what they are, you may be able to write them down the serial line using a cruder method. I'd go dual-boot though.
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