Ubuntu vs other linux

Hey everyone,

I’m writing a report on gnu radio and I had a question… I believe most
everyone uses Ubuntu compared to other Linux systems for GNU radios…
why
is this? Is it simply because Ubuntu is easier/more user friendly or
does it
have to do with the way Ubuntu works?

Thanks so much!

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On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:41:59PM -0700, BlueEyeBirdy wrote:

Hey everyone,

I’m writing a report on gnu radio and I had a question… I believe most
everyone uses Ubuntu compared to other Linux systems for GNU radios… why
is this? Is it simply because Ubuntu is easier/more user friendly or does it
have to do with the way Ubuntu works?

Thanks so much!

This is not true. I would guesstimate that at least for the
developers I’m familiar with, that the usage is something like 50/50
between Ubuntu and Fedora. FWIW, I primarily use Fedora.

We like having people using multiple distributions. It helps us keep
our code clean. There are currently binary packages available for
Ubuntu, and not yet for Fedora. For non-developers, this makes an
install on Ubuntu easier.

Eric

Thank you so much!

Eric B. wrote:

have to do with the way Ubuntu works?
install on Ubuntu easier.

Eric


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On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 12:41, BlueEyeBirdy[email protected]
wrote:

I’m writing a report on gnu radio and I had a question… I believe most
everyone uses Ubuntu compared to other Linux systems for GNU radios… why
is this? Is it simply because Ubuntu is easier/more user friendly or does it
have to do with the way Ubuntu works?

GNU Radio itself is Linux-agnostic, in that the autotools build system
will support pretty much any Linux that has the prerequisites
installed.

In practice, I think the developers of GNU Radio itself use either
Fedora Core or Ubuntu. I maintain binary package installations for
Ubuntu, as that is my primary development platform. Thus, it is often
easiest for new GNU Radio users to start with Ubuntu.

It would certainly be most welcome for someone to step up and develop
(and maintain) current RPM-based packages for GNU Radio.

Johnathan

On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 06:30, Gregory M.[email protected]
wrote:

Fedora ships with GNURadio, although the software is a bit behind.

“A bit” is an understatement; these rpms are not maintained in sync
with our formal releases nor our development trunk. (Not to sound
ungrateful for the packager who has made this effort, however.)

It would be very useful to have the rpm spec file(s) maintained in our
repository, where we could more easily help keep them in sync with the
rapidly moving target that is GNU Radio.

Johnathan

On Mon, Jun 22, 2009 at 3:52 PM, Eric B.[email protected] wrote:

This is not true. Â I would guesstimate that at least for the
developers I’m familiar with, that the usage is something like 50/50
between Ubuntu and Fedora. Â FWIW, I primarily use Fedora.

We like having people using multiple distributions. Â It helps us keep
our code clean. Â There are currently binary packages available for
Ubuntu, and not yet for Fedora. Â For non-developers, this makes an
install on Ubuntu easier.

Huh?

Fedora ships with GNURadio, although the software is a bit behind.

yum install gnuradio usrp …done…

Greg T. wrote:

I’m writing a report on gnu radio and I had a question… I believe
most everyone uses Ubuntu compared to other Linux systems for GNU
radios… why is this? Is it simply because Ubuntu is easier/more
user friendly or does it have to do with the way Ubuntu works?

You should also realize that GNU Radio runs on systems other than
GNU/Linux. I haven’t used GNU Radio much lately, but when I did we were
running on NetBSD, and I’ve seen activity for running on Mac OS X.

GNU Radio runs fine on Fedora also. There is no particular thing about
Ubuntu that makes it better for running GNU Radio, except possible the
ease of doing an install from pre-built packages.

Philip


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