ok then... This, I hope, will become a long and helpful thread not only for me but other people who're banging their heads against the wall. Sorry for the long winded opening, but I wish this to be helpful to all and make clear what I/We hope to achieve here.
I, like many others love and appreciate open source, you might say I am the ultimate optimist when it comes to things Linux
and Opensource development.
I am not entirely new to Linux
, Ive "dabled" for many years, usually walking away just before throwing all my hardware
out the window and screaming blue murder. Yet I always return to Linux when I hear about this new Distro or that new Distro.
So I find myself here once more.... only this time I need to make it work
, understand it, and learn it. The alternative is to hand over a ridiculous sum of money
to a corporate entity that wont be able or willing to fix things when they break. I plan to find myself in some very remote
places in the not to distant future.
I need a system of instruments
, sensors and Nav gear
that I know how to fix, that I install, configure, deploy, operate and intuitively understand, or at the very least be able to draw upon the collective knowledge of people with similar setups who do know more than I.
As this thread progresses Id like to distill the knowledge here as it goes and create several docs for the "How I did it" sticky thread so future new peeps have a hopefully solid starting point, which for me at least has always been a problem. There is far to much "assumed prior Linux knowledge"... especially when it comes to the myriad of documentation
I know just enough to be dangerous in a terminal window, I hope at the end Ill be somewhat better educated and a little less dangerous.
I am Thanking In Advance users Verkerkbr who has already been helpful and has also (possibly somewhat foolishly) graciously offered to help me out a little. Also to Rerushg, who doesn't know it yet but will probably be sucked into the Vortex...
I am not going to discuss installing Linux and Ocpn because this IS straight forward and easy enough. it is the what next part that is looked at here.
so here goes.....
I am using:
Lenovo i7 Core
mini PC. 16gig Ram, USB ports
yadda yadda yadda
stick/dongle - Prolific chipset. yes its ancient but has always proven reliable.
RTL SDR - A genuine really real one, not a chinese knock off.
OS and Software
Linux Mint 21, Code name Vanessa, Cinnamon edition
OCPN 5.6.2 Flatpak downloaded and installed using Mint software
Conundrums, and I believe this is as simple a place to start as any.....
I have the trusty the old Prolific Tech GPS USB stick plugged in.
I have the connection made in OCPN preferences,
I have GPS info and satellites displayed on the Dashboard.
If I close OCPN, and restart it later, I don't have any of the above anymore. If I shut down OCPN it seems to dump its serial
config and I have to do it over in the preferences again. So probably a permissions or a startup, Run Level issue thing???
2. RTLSDR AIS
This gets a bit weird..... (and I have to ask, Why is Sean Depaginiers Plugin
no longer in the OCPN plugin
list/distro/updates/thingamawhatsits anymore???!?!!?! Really???)
The RTLSDR device, works, like a champion! If I install and setup using the process from RTLSDR website for tuning into FM radio
stations. Using other programs such as Gnuradio or SharpSDR i can tune in to whatever FM station I want and listen to the radio
. So the device itself is fine.
I cannot, for the life of me, config the serial
USB hoozit and get it to connect to OCPN in preferences or via signalK or a combo or whatever. the is an Airgap in the serial port to OCPN setup and I havent the vaguest idea of how to resolve it.
So if anyone can assist or provide guidance as to how to get these 2 issues sorted out, I welcome your input. I will be happy to post requested screenshots, debug data etc etc as we go.
Hopefully over the course of this thread we can make an absolute killer setup from the hive mind!!! And I'll become less Terminally Dangerous......