It is OpenCPN
that manages vector charts
, aka C-Map
charts, not the Xoom.
You are viewing this thread for one of several reasons:
You are considering replacing your laptop
with a tablet because the tablet is more compact and energy efficient than the computer; but before making the move want to be sure OpenCPN can be installed and work on an armel tablet.
You already own a tablet and want to install OpenCPN, but presently no windows, .deb or .rpm package is available for your tablets armel architecture. Unfortunately, if you have a M.S. Windows system this thread will not help you in any way. If your tablet has the Android operating system read on - because at it's core
Android sports a Linux
You have nothing better to do than spend your time taking risks; dismantling things to see how they work and whether or not you can put them back together...
If you are a big risk taker no amount of precautionary drivel will deter you from doing what is necessary to get OpenCPN on your tablet. As for the rest of you, take heed. Initial steps required to get OpenCPN on your tablet are risky. You can end up with a relatively expensive paperweight, and in the very least will end up with an unenforceable warranty on your tablet. So, if life and vessel insurance
and warranties are indespensable necessities in your life you may not want to proceed. If you have never seen a prompt ( > ) or used a console command to accomplish work on a computer; and are comfortable yeilding control over your computer's system to Android, Microsoft Windows or Mac OS, you may not want to proceed. On the other hand, if you want to "break out of jail" and do what you wish with your tablet then read on! Still, if you are not already a Linux
user with experience using a console and Linux (Unix) commands, doing everything necessary to get OpenCPN on your tablet comes with a relatively steep learning
I encourage you to relax and approach this challenge as you would any sailing endeavor. Maintain your sense of humour,and above all keep trying if at first you don't succeed. Be patient, and take frequent breaks. Challenges always seem easier to surmount, and confusion yeilds to clarity by the time you return. Good luck!
If you have any version of Motorola Xoom you will want to begin here: [Root] Universal Xoom Root - ANY XOOM ANY UPDATE - xda-developers
Note: You will need to work from a desktop
computer with the mentioned software
installed on the desktop
. Also, download the necessary files to your tablet from the "Google Play" Market. Simply click on the Google
Play icon on your tablet and use the search engine
to locate the files.
Follow the instrictions to a "T", and take your time.
Once you have successfully "rooted" your tablet and by doing so voided your warranty go to step 2. Note that you can restore your tablet to it's original state if you need to - at a cost. You may have to start over if you want OpenCPN on the tablet again. There is a backup program available from the Google
Store called "Titanium Backup" that may back up your Linux installation
(including OpenCPN). But it will probably be the non-free version. I do not know it's capabilities at the moment but intend to find out.
Step 2: At the moment there is no Linux flavor available that can replace Android outright. There have been successful installations, but due to the nagging problem of proprietary drivers, some hardware
won't work. If you can live without sound, wireless and such you may want to give it a go. Risks will be considerable though. Instead, I recommend you download from Google Play the "Linux Installer" by Galoula. Note that there is another installer available "Complete Linux Installer" with good reviews
, based upon the same principle as "Linux Installer". Have not used it though, which is why I recommend the latter.
Install from Google Play the Android Terminal Emulator and Android VNC Viewer. The viewer is necessary to access your Linux desktop. The terminal is not only used in conjunction with Linux Installer, but essential later on when we will install OpenCPN.
Once you have Downloaded and installed one of the two installers available from Google Play, install the distribution and desktop you prefer. I had trouble trying to install combinations other than Debian XFCE. So, at this time I recommend installing Debian "Stable" (Squeeze) and XFCE.
Follow instructions from inside Linux Installer, use the package manager from inside the installer to start ssh and VNC (not same thing as Android VNC), update apt and upgrade your system. If you have followed instructions, ssh and vnc are loaded - the settings for Android VNC are correct you should see an XFCE desktop when you click on "connect" from inside Android VNC.
Istructions for installing OpenCPN to follow. Need one of those breaks I mentioned.