Welcome to Allstar Link!
We organize and administrate a network of publicly-accessible (license required) Amateur Radio repeater and remote base stations accessible to each other via Voice over IP on the Internet.
Our Administrative and Web presence and methodology has been completely re-vamped and vastly improved.
The implementation of this system and its monthly upkeep is very costly. I, Jim Dixon, WB6NIL personally bear this cost (along with several generous donations of server space/bandwith from others). Any monetary help that you can and wish to give will be much appreciated. A PayPal donation button is provided below if you wish to do so. Thanks, I very much appreciate it..
Click Here to see the list of all AllStar Link Network nodes
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DIAL: DIAL is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive, SSD, or Flash card) and involves a full installation of Debian GNU/Linux. The x86 version supports modern motherboards and hardware, unlike its predecessors (ACID, etc), and now there is support for the Raspberry Pi 2 (other ARM platforms coming).
DIAL Distrobution Raspberry Pi 2 systems
Old/Obsolete Distros (no longer supported)
ACID: ACID is used on a "conventional" computer system (one with a hard drive or
SSD) and involves a full installation of Centos. ACID should be relegated for use only in a manned installation, where
a reboot or similar recovery can be done easily being that is
has significantly more "fragility" (as opposed to Limey Linux which
is virtually indestructible, being that it runs from a Ram Disk and, therefore
can not be permanently damaged).
ACID Distrobution for x86 systems
Limey Linux: Limey Linux is a specialized embedded distro, which boots from a flash card, and runs ONLY on several specific Mini-ITX motherboards. A Limey Linux installation (and associated hardware) would be used for a more "industrial" type of installation, where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.
Pickle: Pickle is a specialized embedded Linux distro designed to operate on a BeagleBoard-xM (and DMK Engineering LOX board). The LOX and Beagle Boards (along with "Pickle" Linux) make a great low-cost, low-power, low-footprint package that is appropriate to use in virtually any installation including those where reliability is key, especially in an un-manned location.
If you allready have a DIAL install CD-ROM that is recent, you can just use it, since all the files unique to the particular distribution are downloaded, and not on the CD.