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Old 21-08-2011, 15:27   #1
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Running Open CPN On a Tablet with Android 3.2 Operating System

Is it possible to run Open CPN Chartplotter on a tablet with Android 3.2 Operating System and 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM?

I currently run Open CPN off of a normal laptop, but am looking at getting a tablet as a back-up. I am not a computer whiz and am wondering if this is possible or not.

If possible, how would I do it to maximize the speed of the tablet? Have the Open CPN program and CM93 charts loaded onto an external flashdrive?

Thank you very much.
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Re: Running Open CPN on a tablet with Android 3.2 Operating System

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Is it possible to run Open CPN Chartplotter on a tablet with Android 3.2 Operating System and 1 GB DDR2 SDRAM?

I currently run Open CPN off of a normal laptop, but am looking at getting a tablet as a back-up. I am not a computer whiz and am wondering if this is possible or not.

If possible, how would I do it to maximize the speed of the tablet? Have the Open CPN program and CM93 charts loaded onto an external flashdrive?

Thank you very much.
The OpenCPN forum is here:
==> OpenCPN - Cruisers & Sailing Forums

There have been numerous requests and at least two threads on this subject. Feel free to browse them for the details.

The upshot is this:
Android would require a huge rewrite. Most often reason cited is the lack of support for WX Widgets. At this point, it is basically a non-starter. Not gonna happen.

What I'd be looking at is that some of the Android tablet manufacturers are selling the tablets unlocked and able to load some varieties of Linux. That, to me is the best opportunity to get OpenCPN on on a tablet.

But the flavors of Linux they mention do not include Ubunto or the popular desktop versions, that is, the versions that currently OpenCPN has a build for.

But, go to the above forum and look around. Then feel free to post questions or suggestions.

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Re: Running Open CPN On a Tablet with Android 3.2 Operating System

Why not buy a Windows 7 tablet - there's quite a few out there. Might cost a bit more but at least it'll be compatible with Open CPN
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