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Ham radio question

OK, so I have been dealing with ... Windows 10 ... on a spare machine to run RTSystems software for programming a few of my radios. Any way to get this working on Crossover/Wine? Not sure if this is merely a com port thing, as the cable does show up as a com port in W10's device manager. The software will install but puke out shortly after launching. My bet is that its a com port thing.

Any tips? And how much to make work :D

Hey,

you are BetterTester Lvl9, i think you know more than most of us about the compatibility stuff ;)
But i want to ask a question: even if i love Codeweavers - it‘s for things that are not working natively.
Isn‘t there some linux-ham stuff that supports RT Systems?
I just googled and found just some old entries like https://trilug.org/pipermail/linux-ham/2016-February/000511.html
Maybe the radio stuff is not that wide spread that anyone here would give constructive information ;)

Not sure, just poking into the dark but: is the cable/com port stuff realized by the linux kernel as device like /dev/cua. or /dev/tty?
Maybe you can map this, then, if you really need to use the original software?

Bye
Björn

Björn Kalkbrenner wrote:

Hey,

you are BetterTester Lvl9, i think you know more than most of us about the compatibility stuff ;)
But i want to ask a question: even if i love Codeweavers - it‘s for things that are not working natively.
Isn‘t there some linux-ham stuff that supports RT Systems?

OK, so in the radio realm, you have basically two camps -- the Japanese and Chinese radios. The former are the best, but like most Japanese products, very very proprietary. On the Chinese side, its alot better, but not perfect. And when it comes to the digital realm, you REQUIRE software to properly program a good number of features, and to get your channels setup in a sane timeframe.

Thats where RT comes into play, they are basically selling the driver and UI template to their standard software, which is simple, but powerful. A benefit of their tools are once you figure it out once, you got it squared away on any other radio you buy the software for.

Anyone who has dealt with COM ports in wine knows that your skills are really put to work. My Crossover level (or whatever its called) is from being on linux for the last 25 years and needing a compat layer back in the day. Now, the compat is mostly from Steam's Steam Play feature. I literally haven't had a real issue outside of an oddball cryprography library change (wow a year or two back had this when the ssl lib changed on their end deprecating compatibility with wine) or strange needs like this or my geiger counter software (also com port nonsense).

I just googled and found just some old entries like https://trilug.org/pipermail/linux-ham/2016-February/000511.html
Maybe the radio stuff is not that wide spread that anyone here would give constructive information ;)

Nah, sadly Mac & Linux hams tend to just get a cheap laptop or tablet running windows for programming purposes. You think that its bad on Linux, Mac in some areas can be worse. That said, RT does work on Mac, but I would have to rebuy all my software to get the key to bind to the Mac version. Prefer to not pay the Apple tax and rebuy to stay off Windows.

Not sure, just poking into the dark but: is the cable/com port stuff realized by the linux kernel as device like /dev/cua. or /dev/tty?
Maybe you can map this, then, if you really need to use the original software?

Yes, but what I did not do is check to see if wine is able to utilize it correctly. Hoping someone would chime in with actual experience to say something. Since my DDG search wasn't too helpful, I figured just post. Depending on cost, I may foot the bill to get wine support. Linux has saved me alot of cash and aggravation over the last 2.5 decades. Minor contribution (hopefully, I don't have 10K to drop on this lol).

Once I have time to screw with this again, I can post back with details and create an appdb entry for it (presuming success).

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