One of my goals in ham radio is to try and make it so that Mac users are first-class citizens in the ham world. So many software programs are written for Windows only.
After I built the NucleoTNC kit, from Mobilinkd, I needed to use the Python config app to set it up and configure it. The Python app uses the GTK widget toolkit for its user interface. This works completely fine if you’re using a Linux machine, like Rob Riggs, the creator, does.
However, at our house right now, we have a mix of Macs, an old laptop running 32-bit Linux Mint, and quite a few Raspberry Pi’s that have no monitor hooked up. I attempted to run it on Emma’s Linux Mint laptop, but the version of Python was too old.
In order to get it to work on a Mac, you need to use Homebrew to install the correct Python libraries. Overall, while it is possible to get it to work on a Mac, it’s not easy if you’re not used to troubleshooting cryptic Python error messages.
So, I thought, why not build a native Mobilinkd TNC Config App? Continue reading “Mobilinkd Mac Config App”