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Reviews Summary for Xastir-Using Cygwin
Xastir-Using Cygwin Reviews: 13 Average rating: 4.3/5 MSRP: $0.00
Description: Xastir is program for receiving and plotting APRS(tm) position packets. Development is a collaborative effort of programmers from around the world. Xastir supports many map formats and is highly customizable.

Xastir currently runs on Windows/MacOSX/Linux/FreeBSD/Solaris/Lindows, with many more possible. It supports 117 map formats, several types of TNC's and weather stations, Festival speech synthesizer, AX.25 networking (Soundmodem/Baycom/SCC!) and seven languages!. On Unix-like operating systems, you can run your weather station or GPS on a separate computer as well, which is good for those hams who are already short on serial ports.
Product is in production.
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KD6ZXE Rating: 5/5 Aug 15, 2003 13:03 Send this review to a friend
Awesome, worth the effort!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This may not be for you if you have windows only and WinAPRS suits your needs. Well worth it, anyway. Works much better than WinAPRS, and has a LOT better map support. You can even make your OWN maps.
KG4RUL Rating: 0/5 Apr 26, 2003 14:09 Send this review to a friend
NOT worth the time!  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
If you want an exercise in frustration, this IS IT!! They couldn't make the install any more difficult if that was a project goal! If Amateur related Linux apps are going to be successful, this situation HAS TO BE improved. As much as I despise saying this, in this aspect MS is infinitely superior.
KC2ELO Rating: 4/5 Apr 26, 2003 11:15 Send this review to a friend
Not easy to install but worth it in the end.  Time owned: 0 to 3 months
This software is great but the install process is not for the faint at heart! The process to make it run in a windows environment is very drawn out requiring you to download and install Cygwin (a unix like environment for windows) then compile the the source code for xastir to be able to run it. If you are downloading the files from a dial up connection at 56k it will take a very long time to get everything running. There are several help files available to assist in the installation process but in my case it required a little tweaking to make it all work together as expected.

Enough bad news....
Once you manage to get it installed it is well worth it. The list of features of Xastir are too long to list here. Just a few features are:
Six languages supported: English, Spanish, German, Dutch, Italian, and French. Portuguese rumored to be supported soon.

Real-time tracking of objects via RF or internet feeds.

Understands approximately 114 different map formats, including the ability to tile USGS geoTIFF images together into a contiguous image. Can use online data sources as well: Terraserver, Tiger, weather radar images, etc. Many vector and raster map formats supported: Shapefiles, pocketAPRS maps, Win/DOSaprs maps, ...
the list just goes on and on

If you plan to load several large maps be aware of memory usage because some of the larger maps that will work with Xastir can really bog down your system resources.

The interface takes a little getting used to if you are used to other APRS software but is quite robust.

It also seems to be quite stable compared to Winaprs from my experience. On my setup Winaprs would normally freeze up after a day or two with just local TNC input but Xastir has been going strong even with a full internet feed along with TNC input.

My Conclusions...
If your up for the challenge of installing Xastir and Cygwin then you will have a quite stable and versatile APRS program. Oh and did I mention it's FREE!!
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