Thursday, June 17, 2010

FalconView for Linux

Developed over 15 years ago, the first version of FalconView was designed to run on PC DOS.  FalconView 2.0 for Windows 3.1 appeared shortly thereafter and, since then, FalconView has been an exclusively Windows-based application.  Now, thanks to internal funding by Georgia Tech, a Linux-based version of FalconView is running in the development labs at Georgia Tech.  The goal is to create a cross-platform code base for FalconView.  This will allow FalconView to run in multiple operating systems, like Linux or VxWorks and to support desktop, portable, embedded and mobile devices.  This experimental version currently includes support for the various base map types, the Points Overlay and GPS trails (with more features to come).  Map management is currently performed by the desktop version of FalconView feeding a cross-platform SQLite database for map coverage support.  Georgia Tech hopes to obtain sponsor funding to bring other features to the cross-platform version of FalconView.  Stay tuned for further developments in this area.

4 comments:

ansatbnl said...

are there any beta (or gamma ;-)) versions available for experimentation?

Joel Odom said...

I don't believe so. Cross post to http://www.falconview.org/trac/FalconView/discussion and see if anyone else can give you a sure answer.

Kevin Becker said...

Is there any progress on this? I'd love to try Falconview on linux.

Joel Odom said...

Kevin, as far as I know the program manager for this is still looking for funding to complete the effort. If you ask about it on the official FalconView forums, you may be able to find someone to give you a more detailed answer.