Think about what HRD really provides and break it down to what you really get from it:
2) DM780 psk/digital modes app
3) Rig Control Program
4) Satellite Tracker
5) Some smaller stuff like DX Cluster Monitoring, etc.
You can put together a station just as easily with other stuff on Linux or Mac.
1) There is a great open source logbook program called CQRlog, that I actually like better than HRD Logbook. http://www.cqrlog.com
I like that it even has built-in support for LOTW to automatically upload/download QSL's unlike HRD Logbook that does not support LOTW. It provides some basic rig control functionality but its not much more than tracking of frequency mode making log entries faster.
2) There is an EXCELLENT digital mode program for Linux/Mac that is open source... called FLDigi. In fact that is what your running in HRD as DM780 with a windows gui around it, but FLDigi is the code underneath doing the digital decoding. http://www.w1hkj.com/images/Ubuntu-3.1.jpg
It can talk to CQRlog and automatically enter log entries from your digital modes windows.
3) THIS HERE is where the options are limited right now on Linux I think. There is no program that provides the nice sort of rig control interface that HRD provides with its nice big full screen rig control screen. But honestly I noticed I didn't use that screen all that much so I don't really miss it. And there is a rig control new program in beta from the author of FLDigi, called FLRig http://www.w1hkj.com/flrig-help/index.html
. It looks like it does what I want in a rig control program with some sliders for controlling filters, power, etc. and displaying the current frequency and a way to store and recall a number of present frequencies.
4) There are several good satellite trackers for Linux. GPredict: http://gpredict.oz9aec.net/
is probably one of the most popular. But I use a java program called SatScape that I like better. http://satscape.software.informer.com/
5) For DX Cluster watching I like XDX. http://www.hamradiosecrets.com/image-files/dx-cluster-client-xdx.jpg
. But there are several others to choose from. See it in action: http://www.youtube.com/v/amt_XKSxy9k&hl
Pretty much no matter what you want 'to do' there is a good substitute for the functionality in HRD. And the price is right...free with no cost to upgrade ever again.
/this message posted from Linux