Splatter – April 2008

In an earlier article, I mentioned that each Linux distribution has software repositories. The major advantage of these software repositories is that the software has already been compiled for a particular version of a Linux distribution. You just need to use the package manager for the distribution to install the package. If you go to the Web site for the software, you may not find a RPM or DEB package for the specific version of Linux that you are using. Instead, you will find source code that needs to be compiled, and installed.

You can find most, but not all, ham radio software listed at http://radio.linux.org.au. For this article, I am going to use klog as an example. Klog is a contest logging application for the KDE desktop. However, klog has not been ported to Fedora 8. Fedora does have a number of logging applications. While is is not listed at http://radio.linux.org.au, LinLogBook (package name linlog) is a good logging application.

The first task is to review the software repositories for the major Linux distributions.

  • Debian, Linux Mint, SimplyMepis, Ubuntu
    These distributions include Amateur Radio as a section in the Synaptic Package Manager. You just need to select klog and install it.

  • Fedora 8
    Ham software is a new Fedora community. The fedora-hams repository is not part of the regular Fedora repositories. To and the repository, you need to perform the following:

  1. From the Web browser, you need to enter the following URL: http://lists.fedoraunity.org/mailman/listinfo/fedora-hams.

  2. Right-click on fedora-hams.repo and select “Save Link As…”. I saved the link to the Download directory in my user account. The file name is fedora-hams. repo.

  3. The remaining steps need to be performed from the command line. For this, you need to open a terminal window from by clicking Applications -> System Tools -> Terminal.

  4. Change to the Download directory with the command:
    cd Download

  5. The following command makes yum (the Fedora package manager) aware of the new repository:
    su -c ‘cp fedora-hams.repo /etc/yum.repos.d/’
    You will need to enter the password for the root account.

  6. To verify that yum is aware of the new repository, you can run the following command:
    su -c ‘yum repolist all’
    When prompted, enter the password for the root account.

  7. You can then use the graphical utility to add the LinLog package. For some reason, Communication is not a group under Applications. To locate the package you will have search for LinLog. You will get several hits, so select the latest version.

  • openSuse 10.3
    The ham radio repository is not part of the default openSuse repositories. To add the repository, you need to perform the following steps:

  1. From the YaST Control Center, select Software -> Software Repositories.

  2. Click the “Add” button, and enter the following information in the dialog box:
    Repository Name: Ham Radio
    Protocol: HTTP
    Server Name: download.opensuse.org
    Directory on Server: /repositories/hamradio/openSUSE_10.3/
    Authentication: Anonymous

  3. Click “OK” to add the repository

  4. Click “Finish” to end the application

  5. From the YAST Control Center, select Software -> Software Management

  6. After a long wait, you find the HamRadio category under the Productivity group.

  7. Select the packages that you want to install

There are other ham radio repositories. In a future article, I will list those repositories, and identify the distributions supported by the repository.

For more information on klog, see http://radio.linux.org.au.

For more information on LinLogBook, see http://linlogbook.sourceforge.net/.


4 Responses to “Splatter – April 2008”

  1. Vin Says:

    I tried to download the fedora-hams.repo and gat a 404 error, is there a new home?


  2. ww7ba Says:

    If you are using Fedora 9, see my blog entry regarding Fedora 9. Ham software no longer has a separate repository. It is now part of the Fedora distribution. If you use pup, the software is hidden in the other group. I haven’t checked out what they did for older releases.

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