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Old 26-04-2016, 08:43   #1
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BsB4 plugin for Linux?

Why is the BSB4 plugin available only for Windows? I have just started OpenCPN in a Linux OS, but all my charts (Canada) are BSB4 (except for some older ones), so it's not working.

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Re: BsB4 plugin for Linux?

Welcome aboard.

As you know, BSB4 charts are encrypted, and unlocked for a particular PC by a key tied tightly to the individual PC's fingerprint.

The publisher of the BSB4 charts provides a decryption interface for Windows only. Why? I suppose at the time BSB4 was developed and initially released, linux was a very small player in the PC chart plotter space. Android did not even exist. And now, there seems to be no new development going on in BSB4. Not enough vocal customer demand for alternate interfaces.

It may be possible to obtain the confidential BSB4 API specs from Maptech under some non-disclosure arrangement. That would enable creation of a BSB4 PlugIn for linux and Mac. Might be worth a query to Maptech, anyway.


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Re: BsB4 plugin for Linux?

Thanks for the info. I think I'll let it go. I was looking for a nav program that will run on Linux, which is my default OS, so I could get away from Windows. It seems OpenCPN is not it. So I'll stick with my Fugawi on Windows. Appreciate your response.

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Re: BsB4 plugin for Linux?

OpenCPN is running fine under wine. Also loading the bsb plugin under wine works.
Due to a lack of bsb4 charts I was not able to do a real world test.

Offcourse this is not what you would really want, but could work.
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