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Old 16-11-2010, 06:37   #1
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OpenCPN and Linux

At the moment I am using OpenCPN on a Windows platform.
I want to get some experience with Linux.

Which distribution is the best choice when I want to compile OpenCPN and why?
Any hints or tips (next to reading the doc's on the website I mean)?

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Old 16-11-2010, 11:54   #2
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At the moment I am using OpenCPN on a Windows platform.
I want to get some experience with Linux.

Which distribution is the best choice when I want to compile OpenCPN and why?
Any hints or tips (next to reading the doc's on the website I mean)?

Thanks!

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I think Ubuntu is the best choice for a newbie in Linux, and being fairly
popular you'll get plenty of help. You don't have to compile it, you can
just download one of the binary distributions.
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At the moment I am using OpenCPN on a Windows platform.
I want to get some experience with Linux.

Which distribution is the best choice when I want to compile OpenCPN and why?
Any hints or tips (next to reading the doc's on the website I mean)?

Thanks!
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Len, I would definitely start with Ubuntu. It's the Linux platform most of us are using for development and testing. It is also very user friendly.

As for learning, I would just jump right in. There is always https://help.ubuntu.com/ if you need it.

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You should try Linux Mint.
Is based in Ubuntu and in some aspects more easy for "windowers".
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Old 20-11-2010, 05:27   #6
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You should try Linux Mint.
Is based in Ubuntu and in some aspects more easy for "windowers".
Main Page - Linux Mint
I took a peek at Linix Mint and I liked what I saw.
I tend to get lost in the Ubuntu webpages and the way they cut the info up in a huge amount of tiny little documents.
Thanks for the url.

Question: my notebook has an Intel Core3 64-bit processor.
When I choose 64-Bit on the download page, a few pages later it turns out this supports the AMD 64 bit processor.
I assume Intel Core 3 processors aren't supported by Linux yet and I'd better choose 1386 32-bit. Would you agree or should I go for the 64-bit (not knowing if or what the noticeable advantages would be in terms of speed)

And the 1M$ question:
Do you have OpenCPN running on Linux Mint?
Works ok?

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AMD 64 is just a nickname for x86_64 as the extensions were originaly developer by AMD, you are perfectly good with Core i3 and this 64bit version.
64bit will not bring you anything noticeable in terms of speed.
Most of the people here tend to run Ubuntu but as Mint is also Debian-based the packages should run pretty fine on it (but I didn't try).

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64bit will not bring you anything noticeable in terms of speed.
Seconded. You will have an easier time with the 32 bit version (runs fine on 64 bit processors) as packages are more readily available.
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I tend to get lost in the Ubuntu webpages and the way they cut the info up in a huge amount of tiny little documents....
I find that if I do a google search for a problem with Ubuntu, it takes me to the appropriate help or forum page. If I do it in the Ubuntu website, I often get so many hits it is impossible to figure out.

That being said, virtually any problem you have, including getting third party software to work properly, is there.

It has a fantastic community... my whole family plus my girlfriend is on it and none want to go back to Windows.
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Mint 10 install notes

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And the 1M$ question:
Do you have OpenCPN running on Linux Mint?
Works ok?
See my post at:

Linux Mint 10 Install

I did have a couple of issues installing it, but it appears to be working fine on Mint. (I am total noob to both linux and opencpn, and have only done a little looking around, but seems to work as expected)
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Navigatrix.net • The First Linux Distribution for Cruisers

navigatrix is a new linux distribution for usb sticks - it includes opencpn and other useful linux-based nav software goodies for use on a usb stick.. enjoy
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Linux appl on a USB stick

Idpnd, thanks.

I found a similar project, more directed to geo spatial applications, also quite interesting for us cruisers.
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New to Linux

hello
After following the opencpn project for almost a year I am amazed of all the work the opencpnteam has done, all of you are my heros!

To my problem, I have been on w7 untill now but desided that i would give ubuntu a try, every thing went okay untill I tried to install opencpn.
after installation when I run the program it starts to load but then nothing.
in terminal if I try open cpn I get this "opencpn: /lib/i686/cmov/libc.so.6: version `GLIBC_2.11' not found (required by opencpn)"
google this and there is alot about this but nothing that I understands!!

I tried sudo apt-get install libc.so.6 but terminal says its upto date

my computer is Fit pc2 and because of that I run ubuntu 9.1 (graphics driver problemes on 10.04 and 10.10) I think its up to date I have run sudo get update and used updatemanager.

hope someone has an idea


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sorry forget to say opencpn version is the latest ubuntu 32bit beta
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Ubuntu 9.1 uses GLIBC_2.10. All programs are linked against this library. Even if your Ubuntu is fully up to date, it still uses GLIBC_2.10.
Later Ubuntus uses GLIBC_2.11 and the OpenCPN beta is linked against this version of glibc, hence the error message.
Glibc is the Gnu C library, a very important low level library. Just bad luck with an upgrade in this library since your Ubuntu version.

The easiest way for you is to compile your own. This is nowhere near as difficult on Linux as on Win. Give it a try! Follow the instructions in this link: Compiling - Linux | Official OpenCPN Homepage

The alternative is if any member on this forum uses Ubuntu 9.1 and can compile a package for you. Slim chance though!

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Thanks for your answer!
just so I understands you correct, if I compile the source by my self it will work?
And is synaptic package manager enough to remove the not working version?

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