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Old 29-09-2014, 21:44   #16
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Re: Integration of Active Captain Data

Ken....

Is this modern and recent information?

"Now is the time to find someone interested in writing a plugin. I wouldn't be able to write it myself - we'll just be providing the interface to the full data. I could start working with someone on a beta interface almost any time - the guts of it are done now."

If so, lets figure out how to connect Pavel with this Beta AC API.

I'm overloaded as it is....
Who will take the lead on this?

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Old 29-09-2014, 21:57   #17
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Dave...
As I said earlier in this thread, I've been in contact with Jeff pretty recently...

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Old 30-09-2014, 05:10   #18
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Dave

That was Jeff's response two days ago 09/28/2014. It looks positive but, unlike Pavel, I have no idea about intricacies either legal or script.

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Re: Integration of Active Captain Data

I asked a few months ago, and was given the two points:

1. Jeff doesn't want forking the active captain database to be possible.
2. He doesn't think the scheme used by s63 or bsb4 plugins is secure enough to ensure this, and the only solution he would consider is a closed source plugin library.

I explained that his web interface as well as any fully closed program can be accessed via scripts and/or overriding the underlying libraries with custom ones that intercept data. This would allow grabbing all the relevant database information and allow forking the database. He does not really seem concerned with this.

If the plugin is closed, the license is no longer GPL compatible and cannot link with opencpn. People might argue it's "allowed" for a dynamic library, but technically it isn't, not according to the FSF.

I don't think we should consider doing this. How can users improve it? How can they compile it for experimental platforms? (consider wxQt under android, or 64 bit windows with mingw, netbsd, or all the various arm platforms)

Instead I think the time is better spent developing squiddio.
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Love to support squiddio but it won't work (access internet) or make 'Preferences' available on my OpenCPN 3.3.2118 (Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit). Or is this a too ambitious implementation?
Where do I report difficulties? I tried to contact the developer but got no reply.
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Re: Integration of Active Captain Data

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Love to support squiddio but it won't work (access internet) or make 'Preferences' available on my OpenCPN 3.3.2118 (Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit). Or is this a too ambitious implementation?
Where do I report difficulties? I tried to contact the developer but got no reply.
There is a squiddio thread. I suspect the internet access problem will be improved if it can utilize wxcurl. There is no preferences, so that is not a bug.
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Love to support squiddio but it won't work (access internet) or make 'Preferences' available on my OpenCPN 3.3.2118 (Ubuntu 14.04 32-bit). Or is this a too ambitious implementation?
Where do I report difficulties? I tried to contact the developer but got no reply.
It works fine with Mac OS X which is also an Unix system.
But compared to Active Captain it lacks of data of available ports and points of interest. The database of squiddio is rather poor.

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