I am having some thoughts on where the OpenCPN project
is heading and particularly the GNU/Linux version of OpenCPN.
I personally would love to see a integrated GNUAIS soundcard AIS
I would appreciate if a skilled Ubuntu programmer could have a look and report back to the forum on what is involved in getting GNUAIS and GNU/Linux version of OpenCPN integrated together. As I have said in other posts this may not be a simple integration project. But I believe Ubuntu has now finalised on pulseaudio sound card drivers and this should at least be a permanent development that clears up how Ubuntu will handle sound issues.
I have also had some thoughts about what GNU/Linux OpenCPN uses want.
My initial thoughts are we should do some kind of survey
of our GNU/Linux users to help determine how GNU/Linux OpenCPN is being used currently and what the users want in the future.
I am putting some suggestions for questions up in this post, but I believe they should only be a starting point for us forum users to discuss and add too. Once we have a good balance of questions maybe we could put the GNU/Linux questionaire "live" on the OpeCPN.org website.
I am very much an Ubuntu user and I look at GNU/Linux through Ubuntu eyes. This may not be appropriate for other GNU / Linux
users and i would welcome any additions of questions around other GNU/Linux types.
So here are my suggestions for questions.
GNU/Linux OpenCPN users questionnaire, question suggestions.
What is your age?
Male or female?
What continent are you sailing in?
Type of boat? e.g. sail / power
Size in feet?
For OpenCPN is it a laptop
Do you use DC to AC inverter
or have a dedicated 12 volt laptop
What GNU Linux
do you use?
Can you compile your own code?
Is machine dual boot? ie Ubuntu / windows.
How long have you been using Linux?
How do you connect your gps? i.e. bluetooth,rs 232, usb.
Is your GPS connection reliable?
Do you have a dedicated hardware
Do you use gnuais?
Would you use a soundcard AIS if it was available for OpenCPN?
How do you rate OpenCPN vs Maxsea
Do you use cm93 charts?
What extra feature would you like to see in GNU/Linux OpenCPN?
look forward to other GNU / Linux users feedback.