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Old 16-03-2016, 14:55   #1
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Is there a preferred Linux Distribution?

I am ordering a DRSŪ Armor X7 7" Tablet from eBay, with the intention of installing Linux / OpenCPN on it. Are certain distros better than others? For example would Navigatrix be best (I see only an August 2015 version, which pre-dates the latest release from Feb 2016), or should I go with Debian, Centos, or even Slackware?

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Do certain distributions play nicer with building OpenCPN from source? I am willing to do a full compile from source so I could apply patches ASAP.

Or are PPAs really the best way to go about this?
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Re: Is there a preferred Linux Distribution?

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I am ordering a DRSŪ Armor X7 7" Tablet from eBay, with the intention of installing Linux / OpenCPN on it. Are certain distros better than others? For example would Navigatrix be best (I see only an August 2015 version, which pre-dates the latest release from Feb 2016), or should I go with Debian, Centos, or even Slackware?

Download OpenCPN | Official OpenCPN Homepage

Do certain distributions play nicer with building OpenCPN from source? I am willing to do a full compile from source so I could apply patches ASAP.

Or are PPAs really the best way to go about this?
I have good experience with Ubuntu - and since I like it light and clean that means Xunbuntu. For most users PPAs is the way to go for "production systems" What is your main goal with the tablet ? navigation, or "for all use" ? this also is factors in choosing distribution.
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Old 16-03-2016, 15:59   #3
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I have good experience with Ubuntu - and since I like it light and clean that means Xunbuntu. For most users PPAs is the way to go for "production systems" What is your main goal with the tablet ? navigation, or "for all use" ? this also is factors in choosing distribution.
I hope to use the Armor tablet purely for navigation (not that I travel far). I'll find out soon enough if I can get the touch screen working.
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Old 16-03-2016, 17:06   #4
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Re: Is there a preferred Linux Distribution?

If navigation is all you're after, Navigatrix will do just fine.

After decades of running Redhat/Fedora, I had to give up on F23. I'm now running Kubuntu on one (multipurpose) machine and Navigatrix on the other.

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Old 21-03-2016, 16:57   #5
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Re: Is there a preferred Linux Distribution?

I'm another user who has had good results with Ubuntu and updates via PPAs. It makes the update process automatic and painless.

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