openSUSE 11.0 and Ham Radio

The ham radio repository is available for openSUSE 11.0. You can either use one-click or add Thanks to Tim (DG7GT) and Jan-Simon for making it happen. With out doubt, openSUSE now rivals Debian for the number of ham radio packages available.


Desktop Menu Update

I just looked at version 1.0 of the Desktop Menu Specification. On June 17, I ranted that HamRadio was not a registered category. Appendix A now lists HamRadio as a registered Additional Category, whose Main Category is either Network or Audio. The next step is for ham radio package developers to comply with the specifications.

Confusion Reigns

When I install a ham radio application, I have no idea where, or even if, there is a menu entry for the executables in the application. The hamradiomenus packages was supposed to solve the problem for Debian and its derivative distros. Even if the package worked, it still requires that the user edit the .desktop file for each application in the package. To make matters worse, very few ham radio packages include a .desktop file.

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Package: hamradiomenus

version: 1.0-1

Distributions: Debian

Summary: The package installs, but fails to create a separate menu for ham radio applications.

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Ham Software for Fedora

There are ham radio packages available for Fedora, and the Fedora community does have a SIG for Amateur Radio. Alas, it is still getting off the ground. You can find out what is available for Fedora Bob Jensen’s site: It is a start, and they are making progress.

openSUSE Ham Software Repository

While it is not well published, openSUSE does maintain a repositories for ham radio software. You won’t find it in the list of repositories, but there is a repository for each version since openSUSE 10,0. The URLs are as follow:


You will be surprised at how much software is available.

Splatter – July 2008

From discussions on Wednesday night’s TechNet and emails with Bob (WA7YNU), it appears that the difference between a virtual console and a virtual terminal deserves more discussion. While both allow you to enter commands, they are different.

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