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Re: [News] The Universe on Your Linux Desktop

__/ [ nick ] on Sunday 07 May 2006 02:02 \__

> Mark Kent wrote:
>> I like kstars, particularly the links to databases as Nick mentioned
>> above, it's definitely for the serious telescope gazer.  It's got a
>> good night-mode, too.  Stella is the best for planetarium-type displays,
>> though, I think?
> I agree - I think Stellarium is a better planetarium program. This is
> the first app I open when I want to get a quick glance at the current
> night sky. I use KStars when I haul out my telescope(s) for more serious
> observing. Stellarium, by design, provides a 'realistic' depiction of
> the night sky for the visual observer. KStars provides a 'star chart'
> type depiction of the night sky along with additional functionality
> useful to amateur astronomers. They are both great programs and I use
> each one in turn depending on my needs. Despite EF's rantings, choice is
> a _good_ thing.

Who  would  ever  argue against choice? Sure, the  mix-and-match  approach
tends  to overload the brain. Take the folks in news.software.readers, for
example.  Do you really think they remember all keyboard accelerators in a
dozen  or so newsreaders and never get confused/disorientated? Yes,  being
too  whory  when  it comes to software leads to  inefficiencies,  but  the
ability  to easily 'dance' from one application to another (assuming  data
is  portable,  e.g.  thorough  importers and exporters  relying  on  stand
formats),  is  a  positive  think. Sometimes, application  X  can  achieve
something  that  Y cannot, and vice versa. Most you double the expense  by
acquiring  a  licence for both X and Y? Of course not. That's  where  Free
Open  Source Software comes into play. You have many flexible  application
rather  than  one  bloated toy that promises the world to you,  but  often
fails. And forget about wishlist bug report being accounted for, or having
your engineers tailor an extension for you...

Best wishes,


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