OK, sailing season is getting closer and I have stop dreaming of equipping my (future) bluewater cruiser, which I plan to furnish (in my dreams, since subject of the available budget) with an integrated solution from a serious company like Raymarine, who uses Linux in their instruments. Also, instead of offering the boring iPad option they have an Android version of their navigation software. Promising ! Meanwhile, as a no-money-solution, and why not as a future practical solution, I have slowly built up and got myself familiarized with a no cost travel planning and PC based navigation. In my previous articles about OpenCPN on MeeGo/Ubuntu and how to use a Bluetooth GPS device with it I have shared some of my acquired insight. Now, I got yesterday with my favourite sailing magazine a ‘free software‘ to download and browse the weather forecast information. Only that after registering myself after having consulted my attorney, etc. there was, of course only a Windows version of this software which I will never look again.
But, hey ! There must be a similar software available for Ubuntu ? Of course, it is called ZyGrib. Snatch to install. Let’s try it. Hmm, cannot download GRIB files, says that the program version is old ? No worries, the development of ZyGrib continues even if not endorsed by Ubuntu Co. and by quick search I found a solution. (more…)