[chirp_users] An early Christmas present for CHIRP users

Dan Smith dsmith at danplanet.com
Sun Dec 23 19:37:36 PST 2012

Hi all,

A CHIRP user has put together something very useful and made it
available to the community. It is a "live CD" with CHIRP pre-installed.
This concept is common in the Linux world, but if you're not familiar
with it, here is a brief description:

Users can download and burn the live CD image to a disc (or a USB
stick), which makes the media bootable to a self-contained version of
Linux, completely separate from your regular system. Linux supports
almost every USB-to-serial adapter without fussing with a driver, which
makes this a very easy way to program a radio with very little else
(besides a programming cable). Booting this CD on relatively recent
hardware is likely to be very easy, and will land you in a
point-and-click environment with CHIRP already running for you.

If you routinely program other people's radios, having this disc in your
toolkit should mean that you can boot just about anyone's computer to an
environment that will run CHIRP, saving you from having to figure out
which driver their hardware needs and modifying their system.

If you have trouble with drivers or other issues on your own system,
this would give you a relatively simple way to run CHIRP outside of the
rest of your system, and without making any changes to it.

If you're interested in checking it out, go get it here:


Be sure to thank Bob (who is on this list) for his hard work!

Dan Smith

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