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...and have Registax6 in Wine. Are there others which do similar things and run in Linux/Wine?

I can't seem to figure out what license (if any) Registax is distributed under. I wonder if it would be possible to think of us porting it to Linux?
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...but you can, given enough patience and luck, get your XP (or Win7) to have direct control of USB ports and therefore any serial devices/cameras attached to them.


My tip for best use of VirtualBox is to install the version from their website and NOT the one in your repository. Then you can install the extras from their website too this gives you full use of your USB ports. I use a VB with XP for my dad's iPod with iTunes.
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I'm not sure i agree with the idea of reviewing apps that work in Wine in an article about Linux apps. Then you're just really reviewing a Windows program. If you look into how well it works then the time may be better spent on the AppDB.

SIRIL or ALE might be worth a look regarding image stacking. Can't seem to find any dedicated apps that have actually been developed in the past three years though :)


The Linux native apps will get the focus of the article as the Wine apps should be, in my opinion, used as a last resort if there's nothing else. But, like you say, there's little native stuff on Linux so Wine seems to be a necessary evil at the moment. :icon_eek:
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My tip for best use of VirtualBox is to install the version from their website and NOT the one in your repository. Then you can install the extras from their website too this gives you full use of your USB ports. I use a VB with XP for my dad's iPod with iTunes.

Thank you :)

Edited by Gina, 10 February 2012 - 08:51 PM.

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Thank you :)


You're welcome.

Another tip: remember that when you plug in your USB device you need to click the USB icon on the VB window and select which USB device it is you want to mount (in your virtual Windows).
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Here's my list so far:
(obviously it's subjective to me, a beginner)

Linux Apps:
Stellarium - SKY MAP - Stellarium
SkyChart - SKY MAP - start [Skychart]
Kstars - SKY MAP - edu.kde.org/kstars/
XEphem - SKY MAP - XEphem 3.7.5
Celestia - SPACE SIM - Celestia: Home
OpenUniverse - SPACE SIM - openuniverse
AstroStack (Java) - IMAGE STACKING - Welcome to AstroStack - Astronomy image stacking software download freeware demo
ImageJ - IMAGE STACKING - ImageJ
AVIstack - IMAGE STACKING - http://www.avistack.de/
OpenPHD - SCOPE CONTROL - open-phd-guiding - Open PHD Guiding for Linux - Google Project Hosting
Device Control Device - “ - Device Control Device

Windows Apps (run in Wine):
Registax 6 - IMAGE STACKING - RegiStax- Free image processing software

(Free) Android Apps I Use:
Google Sky Map - SKY MAP - http://goo.gl/ryhaV
SkEye - SKY MAP - http://goo.gl/KY5Xt
Astro Panel - ASTROLOGY WEATHER - http://goo.gl/HXS1a

Edited by ronnietucker, 10 February 2012 - 11:18 PM.
added ImageJ

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NEW! Astro-Ron - The Trials and Tribulations of an Astro-n00b : http://astro-ron.blogspot.com/

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I'm disturbed by the number of Windows comments ... but anyway, I use Xephem.
Its good for showing you where stuff is, calculating where stuff will be, and charting nice alignments/groupings.
Its an uber-astro-calculator, so you need to use your imagination to start to scratch its surface. Here's some ideas:
Find the shortest day from your backyard and elevation?
What height will the sun achieve in the sky from your backgarden?
When will the next grouping of 4 planets happen within 20 degrees of sky?

There's a whole magazine in getting to grips with it!
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I've only just installed XEphem and yet to tinker with it.

If any Debian/Ubuntu users need a .deb file let me know and I'll upload one for you. I converted an RPM to a DEB for easy installing (no compiling of source!).
All the best!
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I've only just installed XEphem and yet to tinker with it.

If any Debian/Ubuntu users need a .deb file let me know and I'll upload one for you. I converted an RPM to a DEB for easy installing (no compiling of source!).


Well if you're offering could you make a packagebuild and put it in the AUR? :)
As Robert Heinlein noted, once one gets into Earth orbit, you are "halfway to anywhere."

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Well if you're offering could you make a packagebuild and put it in the AUR? :angry4:


If I knew what an AUR was I'd consider it. :)

I hate compiling code and what-not, so (just to clarify) the .deb I have is a (fully working and installable) butcher job using Alien to convert from RPM to DEB :icon_eek:
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NEW! Astro-Ron - The Trials and Tribulations of an Astro-n00b : http://astro-ron.blogspot.com/

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If I knew what an AUR was I'd consider it. :)

I hate compiling code and what-not, so (just to clarify) the .deb I have is a (fully working and installable) butcher job using Alien to convert from RPM to DEB :icon_eek:


https://wiki.archlin...User_Repository
https://aur.archlinux.org/

Arch is without doubt the best distro i've ever used. Sure, i wouldn't recommend it for beginners (not sure what i would now actually. I still think Mint 7 was the easiest distro for windows users to come across to, but alas - none can withstand the relentless force of progress :angry4:). But everything works so beautifully... and you can see how it works.
As Robert Heinlein noted, once one gets into Earth orbit, you are "halfway to anywhere."

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https://wiki.archlin...User_Repository
https://aur.archlinux.org/

Arch is without doubt the best distro i've ever used. Sure, i wouldn't recommend it for beginners (not sure what i would now actually. I still think Mint 7 was the easiest distro for windows users to come across to, but alas - none can withstand the relentless force of progress :angry4:). But everything works so beautifully... and you can see how it works.


I'm not sure if they'd accept my DEB file as it's not the most cleanly built package. They have standards, I don't. :)

I've uploaded it to my DropBox: http://dl.dropbox.co....7.2-2_i386.deb
Feel free (anyone) to download it, put it in repos, what-ever :icon_eek:

Probably the easiest distro for people to try is still Mint. I personally prefer KDE and use Kubuntu (Kubuntu | Friendly Computing), but there is now a Linux Mint 12 KDE that was released just last week.
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Yeah, i tried out Cinnamon on Arch a few days ago. It's alright, definitely better than Ubuntu. But it just doesn't have the polish that Gloria had.

/nostalgia :)

It used to be the case that almost all DEs/WMs were fine, it's really just personal preference. But to find out your own preference a new Linux user should almost always start with Gnome. That's pretty much gone to pot since the release of 3.0 though :icon_eek:

Edited by Superewza, 11 February 2012 - 11:41 PM.

As Robert Heinlein noted, once one gets into Earth orbit, you are "halfway to anywhere."

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Yeah, i tried out Cinnamon on Arch a few days ago. It's alright, definitely better than Ubuntu. But it just doesn't have the polish that Gloria had.

/nostalgia :angry4:

It used to be the case that almost all DEs/WMs were fine, it's really just personal preference. But to find out your own preference a new Linux user should almost always start with Gnome. That's pretty much gone to pot since the release of 3.0 though :(


I love Ubuntu as the basis for a distro (eg: Kubuntu) but I'd never recommend it (with Unity) to a new user, it's just too confusing!

I've always been a KDE kinda guy but moved away from it (to Gnome 2) when 4.0 came out, it was a disaster! But since it reached 4.5 it's been back to its good old self. Wouldn't touch Gnome3 with a barge pole as it's just as weird as Unity. :)

Only thing I don't like about Mint is that it doesn't easily do an upgrade through the package manager. It is possible, but they recommend doing a backup (backup? :icon_eek: Who does backups?!) and a fresh install.
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NEW! Astro-Ron - The Trials and Tribulations of an Astro-n00b : http://astro-ron.blogspot.com/

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I'm a bit ashamed to admit that i actually was a Gnome 3 user until last week. Sure, i can see why people hate it - but i could actually use it without many problems. Plus the top left corner flick thing felt cool. But then everything started falling apart around me. Starting with the disappearance of half the icons and backgrounds, and any fullscreen apps not working properly due to the top panel. I spent ages trying to fix them but there comes a point when you just give up. So i'm in XFCE now, 4.8 has come a long way. But the main thing holding that back is the panel. It's just ugly, not very functional and there's not much you can do to make it better. So i'm using AWN (yes, i know there are less bloaty panels out there but what the hell - shiny) :)

Who needs to upgrade when you stay on Gloria forever? :icon_eek:

Seriously though, that would be an awesome fork.

Edited by Superewza, 12 February 2012 - 12:01 AM.

As Robert Heinlein noted, once one gets into Earth orbit, you are "halfway to anywhere."

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There are folks who are trying to keep Gnome 2.x alive. How long it'll last I've no idea, but folks did the same with KDE 3.x (and the old version of Amarok).

Don't think they kept it up long though. :)
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My problem with Ubuntu's move to Unity and to a certain extent Gnome 3 is that I don't want other people dictating how I work, and I don't want to have to get the hang of a new user interface. Time spent doing that is time I can't be earning money. And you know what? I don't care if I'm "doing it wrong". It's the way I compartmentalise my work and the jobs I have to do.

If I was happy to accept people dictating my UI to me then I'd probably be a Windows user :)

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Edited by JamesF, 12 February 2012 - 01:52 AM.

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Quite agree James! I'm using Mint 9 which I like and see no reason to change. I was considering trying the latest Mint on CD but really can't be bothered :) "If it ain't broke don't fix it".

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I've only just installed XEphem and yet to tinker with it.

If any Debian/Ubuntu users need a .deb file let me know and I'll upload one for you. I converted an RPM to a DEB for easy installing (no compiling of source!).


Well if you're offering could you make a packagebuild and put it in the AUR? :)


Note that while XEphem is free for personal and educational use, it's not free-as-in-free-speech and most (all?) Linux distros won't accept it in their repositories due to the license. See the "Terms and Facts" here:
http://www.clearskyi...m/download.html

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The AUR isn't the official repository, it's the Arch User Repository. You can add whatever to it, there's paid games in there that you can prove that you own (mainly humble bundle stuff from what i've seen).

Besides, Ubuntu was really the main distro that was really selective of packages due to their license. And it's not really as strict any more. Most others seem to have the official flash plugin, sun java and proprietary drivers in the main repo as standard.
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