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Linux Desktop Weather Radar Application

Posted 03-16-2009 at 03:37 PM by raconteur

As many of you know, I'm the creator and maintainer of StormPredator, a Windows desktop weather radar application (but I didn't choose the name!).

There are some Linux weather radar apps, but none that I've found that have the same sort of magic combination of ease-of-use and depth of features that some of their Windows counterparts enjoy.

With that in mind, I'm launching an open-source project to create a Linux desktop weather radar display application.
My plan (as of today) is to make it a KDE app and to allow the program to use data from a user-selectable range of data sources, including NEXRAD Level II or Level III data or published images from NOAA/NWS. The Level II data is a subscriber feed, the Level III and imagery are free of charge.

Of course the program will be published under the GPL and will be free of any fees, advertisements, or entanglements.

StormPredator's target audience is the casual user, with emphasis on ease of use and understanding vs. the technical jargon and visual clutter that pervades some other weather radar display programs, and I intend to carry that philosophy into the Linux application as well. Due to intellectual property agreements I have entered into, the program will bear no resemblance to its Windows counterpart, but I can and will make the user experience as straightforward and simple as I can while preserving the same range of features of other programs whose target audiences are more meteorologically and technically inclined.

I haven't made announcements on /. or freshmeat yet because I need to set up a repository server with svn and forum/blog software, etc. and to get some preliminary documentation created for the project.

If any of you reading this would like to participate in the project, please feel free to write me an email any time.
If you have ideas for the application, please do post here, or to the project server (when it is activated), or write to me directly.
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    As I like to have KWeather docked as an applet at all times, this sounds pretty interesting to me. Looking forward to having a go when there's something to test & play with.
    Posted 03-17-2009 at 09:14 AM by rich_c rich_c is offline
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    I would very much like to help out with this in any way,shape or form possible!!!!
    Posted 04-11-2009 at 09:31 PM by BrentO72 BrentO72 is offline
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    Well, I just finished updating the windows app, and I thought I'd have some time to devote to this, but suddenly now I have a commercial Linux app to code and it is consuming most of my time.
    I will get a server for this set up eventually, I'm excited about it as well. I estimate about 2 months before I'll be able to give it the time it needs.
    Posted 05-04-2009 at 09:43 PM by raconteur raconteur is offline
 

  



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