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Old 10-31-2009, 12:43 PM   #1
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It is time to migrate.


I've always been a MS OS user, but I have installed Linux on the last two machines I purchased, always intending to getting around to making the switch. Never finding the right opportunity.

This morning I turned on my machine to be confronted with the BSOD, and after 2 hours have not been able to resolve the problem, short of reformatting the HD.

Fortunately, the Linux partition boots up and gives me complete access to my data, so first thing will be a backup to an external drive.

Then, since I am currently unemployed, time to learn Linux!

The first thing I want to do is download some data from my GPS, so I used the package manager to install GPSBabel. No problem there, but now that it is installed, I don't know how to run it

Nor do I know how to get a shortcut to it on the Gnome desktop. Steep learning curve and I would appreciate some pointers to documentation that will help me out with these basics.

Old 11-01-2009, 06:23 PM   #2
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Welcome to the dark side .. gpsbabel is only a command line tool, also it doesn't look like it will download from a device, excerpt:

Name : gpsbabel
Arch : i586
Version : 1.3.6
Release : 2.fc11
Size : 578 k
Repo : fedora
Summary : A tool to convert between various formats used by GPS devices
License : GPLv2+
Description: Converts GPS waypoint, route, and track data from one format type
: to another.

It only converts gps data between types

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Here's some good cmd line tutorials
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Thanks for the Advice. The concept that I needed was the "launcher" in the Gnome desktop. Once I found that little piece of vocabulary everything else fell into place.



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