A few days ago, I tweeted and posted to Google+ "I'm going to do a blog post on Hamr + Linux. I need to help dispel the myth of "there's not a lot of hamr software for Linux"". This was started because of a conversation on the local 2m repeater and others making that claim. I typed this knowing full well that there were already resources out there.
There is A LOT of software for amateur radio. It is listed on http://radio.linux.org.au/?sectpat=All&ordpat=title. There's another list at http://www.dxzone.com/catalog/Software/Linux/. The problems are that some of it isn't very good, and some aren't being updated anymore.
So for starters, what distro should you be using? This is really a personal question, and I'm not going to answer it. LeRoy, KD8BXP has done an excellent write up about 19 different Linux distros at http://kd8bxp.blogspot.com/2011/10/follow-up-on-19-different-linux-distros.html. He doesn't answer that personal question, either, but his blog post will help you answer that question. I use Mint Linux for now. I've used and enjoyed Fedora and Ubuntu, but I understand the latest version of Ubuntu has a few issues.
Other resources include Linux in the Ham Shack Podcast
(at the time of writing, this hasn't been updated for a few months) (which just got updated with 3 new shows and they're doing another as I type!) and Resonant Frequency Podcast.
I will be looking at the following subjects, and probably in this order (or close to it):
- Logging for General Operating
- Digital Modes
- Soundmodem (used for Packet and APRS)
- Contest Logging
- Satellite Pass Prediction
- Antenna Analysis
- Propagation Prediction
- Software Defined Radio*
- USB Rig Control*
For each of these, I will look into and give a quick evaluation of all up-to-date packages I can find, and then give a recommendation and detailed "how to use". Starred items are items that require me to get or buy something. Because of that, these may be pushed until I have the items I need or advanced when I get the items (I will update this list as needed).
For now, I bid thee 73s. If you want to influence my order of things above or make sure I mention something (software, etc) or even a concept (like if you really want me to talk about SSTV), feel free to leave it in the comments section below.