WSJT-X on Linux Mint

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  1. NG1H

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    Well, probably more likely that it is a religious issue. Anything to the contrary is heresy for some people.

    I've been working with various *nix flavors for over 20 years. For the average end user the only time I have found it truly useful was for a locked down machine that only needed a web browser to one site, light word processing, and printing functions.

    For everyone else the maintenance/training time sink for the IT staff, i.e. me, was too high compared to a MS Windows/Office setup.
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  2. W9FL

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    I think it is a streamlined system that runs better on lesser hardware. But I think it is only better for people that know what they are doing, or enjoy tinkering with software.

    As far as I am concerned, I just want my computers to work, with minimal input on my part.

    I think there are a lot of us who would like to smash their computers with a sledge hammer at times, out of frustration.
  3. KB5IAV

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    Very interesting. Great to hear from a pro on Linux. I run it on my ham laptop and there are times I like it and other times I want to toss it out of the window.

    I inherited an Asus Laptop from the XYL and used it to replace the Dell laptop I used for hamming that was lost in a flood. The Asus had been force upgraded to Windows 10 and didn't run well, which is partially why the XYL gave it to me. I tried to put Windows 7 back on but the system crashed so I decided to try Linux because I was curious about it and it was free.

    I run Linux Mint 19.3 and was able to install WSJT-X from the .amd64.deb file without any issues and it runs fine. I loaded FLDIGI from the repositories and it worked fine, but it was an old version and wanted the latest, and since there was no .deb file, I had to compile it from source. I've tried doing this with other applications and they usually end up giving me errors, but that didn't happen with FLDIGI. I just followed the provided instructions and it worked fine. Installing software on Windows is much easier. Once I jumped through the hoops to get the serial to USB interface working, I was able to do CAT control on my Kenwood TS-140S just fine.

    I do like using Linux but if that laptop ever dies, I will probably switch back to Windows because of the issues of compatibility, software installation, etc. Sometimes I want things to just work, and that isn't always the case with Linux.
  4. VE3CGA

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    I just finished installing linux mint 19.3 on my laptop yesterday after I messed up the drive.
    installed wsjtx from the .amd64.deb download, installed QSSTV, FLDIGI and GQRX - no problem
    Even installed wine 4.0 which was able to run my windows pcb software "DIPTRACE" and wsjtx (windows version)
    Best yet, was trying virtualbox and being able to run win95 & xp thru the linux os.
    Tried win7 but I need more ram for that.

    I find lnux very stable
    this is where I got the deb file for wsjtx2.3
  5. KQ8W

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    I use Arch Linux at my station. While not trivial to install, getting packages from source is really easy and I have found few issues.

    I tossed Windows when updates went bad. System Restore wouldn't bring it back nor would any type of repair. With Linux, I can boot a USB and interact with the system easily, but that's experience talking.

    @NG1H I don't see many folks with long time Linux experience. My first experience was with Slackware 2.3 in 1995. I was so excited when 3.0 came out and I've used Linux ever since, even fighting XFree86 to work on my monitor.
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  6. VK4JE

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    I am trying to breakfree of Windows 10,

    I hope some here can put a spot light on my issue:
    I am running:
    Linux Mint 20.1 Cinnamon Version 4.8.6
    WSJT-X Version 2.3.1
    My Radio is Yaesu FT-847

    My Sound Card is a USB C-Media
    MY CAT Cable is FTDI USB Serial

    My issue is that when I Test CAT I get this message
    Hamlib error: IO error
    serial_open: Unable to open /dev/ttyUSB0 - Permission denied
    serial.c(237):serial_open return(-6)
    rig.c(758):rig_open return(-6) while opening connection to rig

    Logged in as root, using Minicom I have adjusted the settings to match the FT-847
    Baud 9600, 8 bits, None, 2 Bits

    I have checked that /dev/ttyUSB0 is present, it is READ ONLY
    I have run dmesg:
    5.295284] usb 3-1: FTDI USB Serial Device converter now attached to ttyUSB0

    Everything works fine on Windows, so I know all the gear works.

    Hoping someone can point to what I am doing wrong.
  7. K6CLS

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    Add your linux user to "dialout" group.
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  8. VA7WYA

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    re win vs linux.
    I cant get my sdr to work on either after following a few different instructions.
    so Win doesnt fix every thing in my expirience

    , and I think I will have to keep tinking (kind of grumpy I wanted at least the base funtion of monitoring to be a little less hassle.

    good luck O P
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  9. VK4JE

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    K6CLS Thank you CAT now works.
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  10. VK4JE

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    WSJT-X on LinuxMint

    I wonder if someone knows if it is possible to edit the WSJT-X_2.3.1_amd64.deb program some where to change the Transmit Audio Source from Front / Mike to Rear / Data.

    Reason being I am using an FT-847 which has a rear Data In / Out Jack. I am using a DigiMode - 3 - Yaesu External Sound card that uses this rear jack.

    The DigiMode External Sound card uses a C-Media CM108 USB Audio Chipset, as the receive side works fine I guess the correct drivers are present.

    Currently I have no RF output from the rear jack, however I can obtain RF power from the Front Mic, therefore it appears to me that I need to select Rear Data in the WSJT Setup.

    Hoping someone can help me out


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