After reading on another post about the OpenCpn Navigation software; I decided I would try it out on a new Netbook I received today. Netbook is an Asus*Eee pc with a 10.5" screen, quite a dandy little unit, or so it seems...time will tell.
I**bought a gps receiver (Global Sat BU-353), downloaded software for it via the web, http://www.usglobalsat.com
downloaded the software*http://opencpn.org/download*
, (free but contributions accepted),and used the help function to assist me in getting everything set up, including downloading the charts (free), and I am really impressed with how well it seems to work. I will be checking it out on a short cruise this weekend,* but it sure will be nice to have some redundancy in the Nav station.