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Subject: Winsdr under Linux
From: Karl Cunningham karlc@..........
Date: Fri, 27 Dec 2002 10:32:33 -0800

Hi --

This may be old hat to some, but it's new to me and something I've wanted
to try for a while now.  The last few days I have been running Larry
Cochrane's Winsdr under Linux using Wine (, a system
that allows Windows-based programs to be run under Linux.

To move Winsdr to the Linux box, the entire winsdr directory and everything
under it on the Windows machine were copied (including the daily record
files) to a subdirectory created for the purpose on the Linux box.  After a
bit of editing of the Wine configuration file, it worked.  This machine is
a Celeron 466 with 256MB of ram.  Wine and Winsdr are only using about 1.2%
of the CPU cycles and 3% of the RAM, so I'm sure it would work fine on a
much less capable computer.   Screen redraw speed is comparable to the
Pentium II 350MHz Windows NT machine it was running on before.  The
operating system is Mandrake 9.0 Linux, and I imagine it would work under
Redhat linux as well.

Wine is seeing a lot of development these days, with new versions coming
out on a daily basis.  I downloaded and installed one as of 12/23/02 for
this test.

If anyone is interested, I'd be happy to supply more details.  And for
anyone who want to try, my wine configuration file is at .  There are probably more optimizations
that can be made, but a least it works.

The next challenge is to replace the serial connection between the A/D and
Winsdr with a TCP/IP connection.  This should remove the limitation of
serial line length and reduce ground noise since ethernet cards are
transformer isolated whereas the serial connections are not.

Regards, and happy new year to all.

Karl Cunningham


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