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Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Paparazzi on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid AMD64

From: David Conger
Subject: Re: [Paparazzi-devel] Paparazzi on Ubuntu 8.10 Intrepid AMD64
Date: Mon, 02 Feb 2009 14:43:28 -0800


I fly with my VM. Works great. Free too. VMWare isn't free but VirtualBox is. I tried both. I may even go "Native" and use BootCamp to get access to the Accelerated Graphics. For me I just wanted to keep it simple. Instead of a Windows system for X-CTU (modems) and u- center (GPS) then Linux for GCS I went with VMs to simplify my life.

I prefer VirtualBox simply because it's free and I found Parallels (another VM) and VMWare didn't offer anything extra for the costs. Also USB works great in all the VMs. So using the FTDI cable or the USB to program with is all simple. Mac OS and the VMs (except windows I had to load a driver for that ... no surprises there) have never crashed or had issues.

Hope this helps.

-David Conger
On Feb 2, 2009, at 7:09 AM, TurboTas wrote:

Hi Paul, away and start again. Do you know if the paparazzi software runs
well in a virtual environment?  I have a fairly high spec laptop.
I use VMware for virtualisation which I believe is one of the only
vm enabling software environments that supports USB pass-through.
Could passing USB through to the VM affect the programmability of
the Tiny2.11 board?

I can vouch that PPRZ runs great on a virtual environment. I have a 32 bit ubuntu machine as a guest under the 32bit Windows VMware host and it's just marvellous. Assuming there are no weird issues with a 32 bit VM on a 64 bit host, you should be fine.

There is a small 'BUT'. I don't normally use the virtual machine for actually flashing the PPRZ or running live comms via XBP protocol. I only use it for development, Simulation and Log replays.

Just for completeness, I did just try flashing my PPRZ from VMWare and it worked just fine. Not sure If I would try this for a live flight though and have not tested the USB XBEE devices or the initial bootloader.

Hope this helps,


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