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Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Google Summer of Code / ham radio

From: Daniel Pocock
Subject: Re: [Discuss-gnuradio] Google Summer of Code / ham radio
Date: Wed, 9 Mar 2016 20:35:27 +0100
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On 09/03/16 00:16, Tom Rondeau wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 3:09 PM, Daniel Pocock <address@hidden
> <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>     On 08/03/16 20:52, Johnathan Corgan wrote:
>>     On Tue, Mar 8, 2016 at 10:06 AM, Daniel Pocock <address@hidden
>>     <mailto:address@hidden>> wrote:
>>         Debian and GNU Radio are both confirmed in GSoC this year, is
>>         there
>>         interest in advertising this idea[1] for converting the GNU
>>         Radio live
>>         DVD into a Debian Live project, merging with the Debian Ham CD?
>>     ​The GNU Radio Live SDR environment builder is completely
>>     scripted, and designed to allow easy customization:
>>     https://github.com/gnuradio/gnuradio-livesdr
>>     For simple binary package installations, you can add a file with a
>>     list of packages here:
>> https://github.com/gnuradio/gnuradio-livesdr/tree/livesdr/config/install-pkgs.d
>>     To add additional PyBOMBS (1.0) based GNU Radio OOT modules, you
>>     can modify:
>> https://github.com/gnuradio/gnuradio-livesdr/blob/livesdr/config/pybombs.d/install.conf
>>     The conversion to using PyBOMBS 2.0​ is in progress.
>>     So it would be straightforward to create a long-lived branch that
>>     focuses on ham radio specific content.
>     The Debian Ham Blend produces both a live CD/DVD and also a
>     collection of packages that people can conveniently install as part
>     of a normal Debian system on their HDD:
>        https://www.debian.org/blends/hamradio/
>     Many of the things in the Blend are not specific to ham radio
>     though.  e.g you can use the gpredict utility to track any type of
>     satellite.  Browse the list of metapackages to see what I mean:
>     https://www.debian.org/blends/hamradio/get/metapackages
>     The benefit of adapting things from the GNU Radio live SDR
>     environment into the Debian Ham Blend is that it would involve more
>     people in the long term, as you get the experience of the Debian Ham
>     team, the Debian Live maintainers and a lot of other Debian
>     resources too.
>     Parts of this task, such as making a ready-to-run transceiver, would
>     not only be for use in the live environment, they would be for users
>     on any platform.
>     I'm not suggesting that the current Live SDR solution is broken,
>     rather, a combined solution may be stronger in the long term.
>     Regards,
>     Daniel
> Hi Daniel,
> I think this is an interesting project, and I like the idea of getting
> students excited about radio through some of these harder challenges in
> the amateur space. Yet looking through your ideas here, I think this
> project mostly belongs in the Debian space. We're going to be keeping
> our model and development method behind the GNU Radio LiveDVD because it
> very nicely serves exactly our purpose. It's designed to get people up
> and developing on GNU Radio quickly. This is a much different mission
> than providing an OS with a known set of end user applications. That's
> what you're going for and that's a fantastic, but separate, service.

Thanks for the feedback

I've written up a project proposal on both the GNU Radio and Debian
wikis, it doesn't favor either of the Live DVD solutions and it simply
asks the student to work on ham-related tasks that could be distributed
in either or both of them.

If anybody else has ideas for this project please feel free to add them
into the wiki.



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