The term packet radio is generally used to mean the same as AX.25, although other packet based protocols may also be used. Applications may use AX.25 frames directly, or they may encapsulate their traffic in TCP/IP. For quite a while now regular distributions of the open source Linux operating system have included AX.25 networking support in the kernel.
A comprehensive guide for using AX.25 with Linux is available as part of The Linux Documentation Project: Linux Amateur Radio AX.25 HOWTO V2.0 (although this does contain outdated information, last updated 2001-09-19) and a German translation of this guide (V1.6-2, last updated 1999-07-08) is available here.
The essential tools you need for configuring AX.25 on linux can be found in ax25-tools and a set of useful applications can be found in ax25-apps. If you would like to develop applications using AX.25 on Linux, libax25 provides a set of useful functions to make this easier.
Common AX.25 Applications
Related Pages and Links
Note: This needs to be organised.
Here's a list of packet-related Linux sites and software packages:
- (X)Net-Software german site
- TheNetNode-Software german site
- N0ARY Packet BBS
- LBBS - Linux BBS message gateway
- MBL/RLI message to NNTP and email converter
- BBSGATE - RFC 822 compatible ampr smtp/nntp Gateway <-> BBS
- Packet Cluster Node Software
- Single Floppy disk AX.25 router
- DPTNT Terminal and DPBOX BBS
- IPIP encapsulation daemon
- AXIP encapsulation daemon
- Ping-Pong Convers Server software
- RSPF Daemon
- Michael Westfall's ttylink Daemon
- Craig Small's ttylink Daemon
- http://radio.linux.org.au/ Hamsoft Database, a vast directory of amateur radio software of all kinds for Linux.