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Running SkyTools 3.2j under Linux
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Just wanted to let folks know that I've had very good inital results installing my original SkyTools3 Pro media into a machine running Linux Fedora 27 workstation, by first installing PlayOnLinux, and with that the Wine 'emulator'. Initial results are looking very positive. I was able to run the online update to 3.2j, and install everything on my extended data DVD. I'll post more details if anyone is interested in replicating what I've done. Very happy to be running SkyTools again, after ditching windows 10.


-Rick in Colorado
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#2
I'm interested! I'd do everything on Linux if I could.
cheers,
Blake

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#3
Yes, i run ST3 under MacOs on using CrossOver (Wine).


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#4
Hi,
I have been using Sky Tools 3 Pro in Ubuntu or Mint for many years, without problem. Wines does the job to install and run the software.
Clear skies,
Jean-Philippe
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#5
Glade it can be run on Linux builds. Trying to move more and more to Linux[Ubuntu], but work and some applications drive me usually back to windows.
Looking forward to Ubuntu 18.10 I'm still on 16. I think this year I try the new build.

Is there any information on telescope control/Real time? e.g. USB/COM port, Virtual COM-Port to WiFi? ... running Linux.

Thanks for the/any information.

/Spider
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#6
So by the end of 2018 I switched to Linux Mint, for almost everything. I can run Skytools 3 and 4 using WINE. The problem I have is controlling the telescope using ASCOM. Doesn't install at all. I can control the telescope via INDI drivers using KStar on Linux

So I keep my Surface running with Windows 10 as well keeping a partition on my desktop for now. ....and keep searching for a solution. Once you getting use to working in Linux, Windows seems clumsy, bloated and outdated. 

Hope you guys have some insight and/or experience attempting to set this up.

/Spider
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#7
I just keep adding my experience here.

Still using my Surface Win 10 ST4 setup as my main.
But I have an older Laptop running Linux Mint [always updated] and I was able to install Oracle Virtual Box and created a Windows 7 Machine. Lot's of tweaking the graphic setting and USB drivers, but duckduckgo is your friend. On that virtual machine I'm now able to run ST4 and the ASCOM stuff. The network bridge works and the ASCOM API connects the the WiFi module with now problem. Using the AstroGeeks COM2TCP tool.
I did not do an all night field test yet and need to figure out how to "night vision" my laptop [white lite keyboard].

The end goal will be getting rid of Win10 on the surface and using Virtual Box. ST is irreplaceable!!!

All part of the hobby Cool

P.S. Any chance what ST will make use of the INDI platform in the future? I know it's not fully supported on windows but it's open source and the license should give enough freedom to make an add-on. Maybe?

[Edit: I should continue this threat in the ST4 discussion.]
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(2021-03-11, 11:53 AM)Spider Wrote: P.S. Any chance what ST will make use of the INDI platform in the future? I know it's not fully supported on windows but it's open source and the license should give enough freedom to make an add-on. Maybe?

Sorry, but no. Doing that could take years. I don't have years to give to a project like that. I simply have much higher priority things to spend my time on.
Clear skies,
Greg
Head Dude at Skyhound
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