Linux Installation Instructions

January 22, 2010

Linux version of PolarView/PolarCOM requires no specific installation process. Download installation tarball to your disk, then follow steps shown in the following screen capture. Click on the image for better view.

Screen Capture of PolarView Linux Installation

Screen Capture of PolarView Linux Installation

Your Linux distribution must be “sufficiently modern” and have GTK2 available.

32 bit vs. 64 bit

Our applications are provided in “32 bit” version for widest compatibility. This allows our products to work on both 32 bit and 64 bit systems. On Linux, many 64 bit distributions do not come with preinstalled 32 bit compatibility libraries, so you may need to install these libraries before using PolarView or PolarCOM.

– Ubuntu & Debian users need to install one compatibility package. The following command usually does the trick: sudo apt-get install ia32-libs
 Users of Ubuntu 11.10 and above, please note that Ubuntu switched to a new version of OpenSSL. You will need to install previous compatibility version of OpenSSL by running: sudo apt-get install libssl0.9.8

– Fedora & RedHat users have a few more steps to take, see the following link for details:

Gentoo users (of 32 bit systems) may encounter a different issue. Seems like on Gentoo libpng version 1.2 may not be installed by default. The following magic incantation should help: emerge libpng:1.2 –oneshot


To remove PolarView from your Linux system, use “rm -rf bin” on the directory where you have installed PolarView. (This paragraph is placed here due to requirements of Google AdWords – we honestly don’t think you are that ignorant 😉 )

PolarView 1.2/PolarCOM 1.2/PolarIS 1.2

January 20, 2010

The 1.2 release is an important maintenance release. It addes a few new features, and numerous improvements and fixes for user-reported issues. This release also brings up to date our Linux product versions with complete PolarIS functionality now available to Linux users. In addition, Mac version is now a universal binary supporting both Intel and PowerPC (G4) Mac systems.

– Display bearing and distance on each leg of current and navigation route
– Route reverse option
– Improved vessel marking when anchor alarm is set
– Better track handling (including distance and time calculation)
– Numerous improvements to ENC chart scaling and rendering
– Better support for Windows 7 (64 bit)
– Linux version update

– Added default dial panel for initial installation
– New ports with “autostart” option start immediately once added
– Analog BTN dial
– Light up currently selected alarm icons in alarm panel
– Improvements to NMEA parsing and calculation of wind, depth, XTE
– Better handling of serial port data

Linux Version Support

January 20, 2010

It’s been a while, and now our Linux products are up to date and synchronized with Mac and Windows releases. We hope you find this new version useful and, as always, welcome questions and feedback.

As an open system, Linux comes in variety of distributions, aimed at different audiences and providing diverse functionality. From desktop to servers and embedded devices – there is a Linux out there to fit the need. This wide diversity brings with it distinct issues that are specific to each Linux distribution, makes troubleshooting and issue resolution more difficult.

Bear this in mind when using our Linux products. Download, install and try them. Make sure they work well on your preferred brand of Linux. If they do not – feel free to contact us, but remember that issues not specific to Polar Navy products may be difficult to resolve.

Having said that – we are glad you are here, and will do our best to make Linux users feel welcome.

PolarView Beta 0.5

April 30, 2009

– Initial Linux release (32 bit, requires GTK2)