[time-nuts] Is there any Ubuntu/Linux Software for the Z3801A?

bownes bownes at gmail.com
Thu Dec 1 13:27:41 EST 2016


You can always download VirtualBox and run a Windows system in there under Linux, OS X, Solaris, or whatever you like. It's free, and it works well. 

Oracle VM works too, but is probably overkill. 


> On Dec 1, 2016, at 13:07, walter shawlee 2 <walter2 at sphere.bc.ca> wrote:
> After re-working the lab I have my Z3801A in, I realized there's no windows
> computers left anywhere near there.  Is there any monitoring software that will run on my 16.04 Ubuntu Linux machines?  I have the Z3801A with an external antenna, that drives a 10Mhz distribution amp for optional external references around the lab. I don't have anything looking at it, however, so I am not sure if that is actually correcting the GPSDO or I am seeing the raw oscillator, which si pretty good by itself.  The other shop counters have externally NIST-cal'd hp 10811A's in them, so they are pretty accurate anyway, but I am curious to know the real story.
> I also have a re-cycled rubidium module and ovenized oscillator cal'd to NIST in tandem as another check source I put together this year.  I'm just looking for external validation of those last few figures. I guess that is an occupational problem of having too many sources and counters, one is never really totally certain. kind of a local quantum cloud of measurement uncertainty.
> I was able to get those surplus DeLorme GPS pucks running under Ubuntu, I ran VMware to host an XP install, then tracked down the XP-only serial emulator needed to read the USB puck interface, and ta-da, it works. Hideously complicated way to see if they were good, but I was curious to know.  No VMware in that lab, however, so looking for a native app to read the Z3801A
> any useful Z3801A software suggestions appreciated,
> all the best,
> walter
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