Originally Posted by Jd1
Thanks for replying!
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.