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 Post subject: Which language?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:30 pm 
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I am definitely not a programmer. Does the Raspberry PI used for Flight Aware depend on Debian, Ubuntu?, or another language? Thank you much. :?:


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 Post subject: Re: Which language?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 3:02 pm 
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The FA offering called PiAware runs a flavour of Debian, called Rasbian. Technically that's the operating system, not a programming language, but that's a nit. If you use the already-prepared image from FA, you don't have to do any programming. It is really simple to get up and running. I'd encourage anyone to give it a try.

The stock antenna that comes with the USB receiver isn't very good. You will likely spend more time making your own antenna from a can and/or copper wire than you will dealing with programming stuff.


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 Post subject: Re: Which language?
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:18 pm 
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In terms of actual languages it is a bit of a mix..

piaware itself is tcl.
faup1090 (which converts ADS-B messages to the form that piaware wants) is C.
fa-mlat-client is Python with a bit of C.
dump1090 (which actually does the work to extract ADS-B messages from the radio data) is C.

But yeah, it's mostly irrelevant if you use the standard image.


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