Instructions the way I like them (Linux)

linuxThis is what you need for any of the RAID levels:

  • A kernel with the appropriate md support either as modules or built-in. Preferably a kernel from the 2.6 series. Alternatively a stable 2.4 kernel (pre 2.4 kernels are no longer covered in this document).
  • The mdadm tool
  • Patience, Pizza, and your favorite caffeinated beverage.

New version of Shackbox released

If you never heard of Shackbox (link): this is a Linux distribution specifically designed for ham radio operators. F0FAK, the creator of this distro, writes on Google+:

I am pleased to announce you that Shackbox, get finally a major update after all these years of silence, with sdr, gnuradio and more, all out of the box. The beta release will be soon available for free for you guys for test, you will be the first to get the download link.

shackboxIf some of you already use/ used it, thx for share your comments, and thx to all for your support, during all theses years, shackbox air got more than 20 000 download! Considering that shackbox was created just for a friend who was fighting installing linux, it s quite amazing 🙂 Very happy to share this first post, this first good news with you for my first day in your community 🙂

If you’re interested in Linux, also visit the “Linux in the ham shack” podcasts. Good stuff.

Why I Like Linux


Key loggers? Won’t work here, unless you gain physical access to one of my less protected systems, which are basically irrelevant / unimportant test systems. My main systems aren’t that easy; even if you have physical access it will take supercomputers years to figure out how to boot the darned thing.

Don’t forget about my dog if you want to break into my house. He doesn’t bite — he amputates.

Looking into CQRLOG

I admit: I’m not much of a computer user when it comes to ham radio. Only after I bought a cute little Asus netbook I started to use one in the shack. After replacing Windows 7 by Linux, that is. Logging QSO’s and controlling radios is something I still have to look into. I had, of course, heard of Ham Radio Deluxe. Doesn’t run under Linux though, so I’m not interested.

Then Alex PA1SBM told me about CQRLOG. I must say it looks interesting enough to give it a chance.

“CQRLOG is an advanced ham radio logger based on MySQL database. Provides radio control based on hamlib libraries (currently support of 140+ radio types and models), DX cluster connection, online callbook, a grayliner, internal QSL manager database support and a most accurate country resolution algorithm based on country tables developed by OK1RR. CQRLOG is intended for daily general logging of HF, CW & SSB contacts and strongly focused on easy operation and maintenance.”

Being lazy by nature, I leave all the tweaking to Alex before I install it myself. If you want to know more about the pros and cons of this software you can follow his blog.


ISS dumps Windows into the vacuum of space

Laptop computers essential to the day-to-day operations of the International Space Station (ISS) crew will be switching operating systems from Windows XP to Linux, according to published reports.

The laptops, which are on the space station’s “opsLAN” network, are used by astronauts to interface with onboard cameras and complete several other routine tasks, Joel Gunter of The Telegraph explained on Friday. While Linux had already been used to run several systems on board the ISS, this means it will now be the exclusive OS used onboard the orbiting laboratory, he added.

“We migrated key functions from Windows to Linux because we needed an operating system that was stable and reliable – one that would give us in-house control. So if we needed to patch, adjust or adapt, we could,” Keith Chuvala of the United Space Alliance, the organization that operates opsLAN for NASA, told Gunter.

Getting rid of viruses
Dropping Windows in favor of the Unix-like, open-source operating system is “probably a good idea,” according to Jamie Condliffe of Gizmodo.

“Back in 2008, a Russian cosmonaut managed to take a laptop to the ISS that spread the W32.Gammima.AG worm to all the other laptops aboard the station. Using Linux would make that impossible,” Condliffe said. “The only hitch might be switching all the current, Windows-based software – for everything from viewing stock inventory to carrying out experiments – to Linux.

Let’s hope they don’t use WINE.

(via redOrbit)