Linux and Amateur Radio


Linux is a UNIX-like Operating System that was built upon free software. The core of the system (kernel) was written by Linus Torvalds while he was a student in Finland. Much of the system software surrounding the kernel was written by individuals for GNU.

The Linux operating system was written by people who experimented with technology for fun with no monetary interest. So you can see that Linux and Amateur Radio have a lot in common. In fact, Linux support for Amateur Radio is strong and growing. Links to sites for just a few of other Linux Ham Radio software packages are included below.

Linux is not as easy to install and use as Windows for most people. But it is not as hard as many believe. One of the main efforts underway in the Linux community of developers at the moment is to make setup and configuration even easier.

Once installed Linux is very stable. Some users have systems up and running 24 hours a day for an entire year or more, with no system crashes. So if you would like to set up a packet system without having to reboot once a day or once a week Linux may be for you.

Linux use is growing rapidly. Reports have indicated up to 5 million people use Linux and half of those just started using it within the last year. Linux is also said to be the only non-Microsoft operating system to gain market share last year.

CLX PacketCluster (DX spot server software)
DigiInfo Database of packet radio information
FBB Packet Radio BBS
LogConvLog file conversion
Pileup CW and pileup practice
SatTrack Satellite Tracking
XNET Graphical network analyzer

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Last updated: May 28, 1998
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