Re: Navigational & other sailing software for Linux?

Discussion in 'Boat Electronics' started by Luc Habert, Jun 19, 2008.

  1. Luc Habert

    Luc Habert Guest

    Akita :

    > Does anybody has any experience with Linux software for sailing?


    I don't know of any specifically marine navigation software for Unix. You
    might try gpsdrive, but I doubt it will be satisfactory. The fundamental
    problem is to find free mapsĀ : most maps are distributed in closed or
    encrypted formats, requiring NDAs from the software writers, which is
    incompatible with open-source development (the only exception I know of is
    the american charts, available from
    http://nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/mcd/enc/download.htm). As long as we are
    stuck with these formats, there is not much point in writing a navigation
    system.
     
    Luc Habert, Jun 19, 2008
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    Old post, but i figure it's worth adding to.

    - PolarView is a marine navigation software available as a native application for Linux, works on Ubuntu/RedHat and a number of smaller distros including some "embedded" platforms (i386 though)

    - It supports both free charts (NOAA) and non-free (S63, most world chart agencies), also GRIB weather, tides, live navigation, AIS and a barrel of monkeys

    It lives here - www.polarnavy.com
     
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