I am successfully running OpenCPN (various 3.3 betas) on a Utilite Computer (standard) Home | Utilite
based on the Ubuntu 12.04 platform.
Pros: Stable, Low power
; 4-6W, 12V DC; Powerful (i..e more than Raspberry Pis, CubieBoards) as it based on a Cortex A9, dual core
with quad cour also available); plenty of connectivity: 2 GB Ethernet, 2 serial
, 4 USB, Audio, Wifi
, BT; noiseless; solid; small footprint; Open CPN
Cons: A bit more expensive than the above; some tweaks in OpenCPN needed (but manageable); NO OpenGL acceleration.
The unresolved OpenGL issue with irks me, although I must say that performance with vector charts
is acceptable. I would nevertheless welcome a higher responsiveness when scrolling and zooming. I have with my quite limited Linux
knowledge tried to look into it. The Utilite clearly has graphics capabilities, as it reportedly can play back movies in full HD, but it is using the Vivante GPU (and not Mali, as other ARM based devices do), which apparently doesn't support OpenGL as implemented in OpenCPN.
I have tried a few very basic tweaks but to no avail. I have not given Wayland/Weaton shot yet as no one has reported running it successfully on the Utilite.
It would a be nice add-on if someone could manage to get OpenGL to work properly on the Utilite, as I believe that it the would be a good nav computer.
However, I will anyhow continue to use it as in its current
configuration also does the trick. And also spend the upcoming winter trying to tweak it.