Re: how does linux help in becoming a ham?
- If you enjoy "playing" with computers you have to use something that
doesn't ask for money every time you turn around, or worse, an OS that
doesn't let you bang around under the hood at all. Your enjoyment suffers..
Besides, Linux is a superior operating system (family) to Windows or
Mac. I don't think it makes much of a quantifiable difference in a ham's
development; other than the cash savings.
My psk31 machine is one of those WalMart special C7 desktop boxes
(Everex 2500) with a mini ITX MB. It makes an Atom look fast. It is
running Puppy Linux and fldigi. It runs my K3 through a serial cable and
a couple of Hosa 3.5mm TRS patch cords. It runs continuously (I blow the
dust out when the fan starts whining, about 1 time a year). It never
- HI all,
In my case, I'd have to say "how *did* Linux help in becoming a ham?".
About 6 years ago, I was teaching a Linux class as part of the town's Adult Education program. I had two students who I had never previously met, and it turned out that they were hams. They started talking to me about digital modes and EMCOMM, and made the sales pitch, referencing Linux and Fldigi. I got my ticket a couple of months later, and have enjoyed the hobby immensely. Many thanks to KB1KTR and N1JWK!