Tuesday, 23 June 2009

XEphem 3.7.3

As promised. One of the two applications that started it all for me in terms of compiling for the Zaurus: XEphem. This is my compilation, and is the latest stable version of XEphem for the Sharp Zaurus (pdaXrom):

Unfortunately, night-mode is still not working! In the end, I compiled this naively on my Zaurus, so there is clearly something wacky about how the screen colours are set when switching to night mode. I will try and pursue a resolution to this via the XEphem forum. Until then, consider night mode unusable for this port. Personally, I believe this is ultimately caused by the use of the lesstif libraries rather than the motif libraries.

This is the free version of XEphem, which is functionally equivalent to the commercial version, but lacks the extensive star catalogues and images that the commercial version comes with. All I can say is that in my opinion, the big catalogues and images are worth the price - with them you really can carry the universe in your pocket!

You will need to install libxp for this application to run. I have included a download link for the libxp package I put together for compiling this application at the bottom of this post. You will also need the lesstif package, again, a download link is at the bottom of this post. Enjoy.

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