Welcome in the
Lin4Astro website. You will find here last news about ths
Linux distribution which is specialy designed for an Astronomical
use and you will be able to download it here free too..
What is lin4astro
Lin4Astro is a simplified
linux distribution, contained in only 1 CD, and including
all the stuff needed to acquire astronomical pictures using
What for ? My Windows
can do that very well.
The main advantage of linux vs Windows
in that case is that the linux driver for the Philips webcams
offers more functionnalities that the windows driver and
some of these functionalities have been shown to provide
a real improvement in the quality of the images acquirred,
especially in long-exposure mode.
Who can be interested
First of all, every one who wants
to check the linux driver capabilities, and to effectively
see the improved images it can provide.
Secondly, all the people that would like to give a try to
linux but who do not want to start the process of a classical
linux installation, that can take some more time and ressources.
How does it work ?
Basically, you just dowload a CD
image, then burn it, boot on this CD et voila.
What is included ?
It is built upon a Knoppix-MiB distribution
and includes (beyond far more things) the necessary stuff
to drive a webcam (and particularly Philips webcam) : the
driver itself, qastrocam, the acquisition software, The
gimp, image processing tool, kstars, a planetarium...
Great ! I want some...
This way please : link to Lin4Astro