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OpenCPN Quickstart


Setting up your charts

Before running OpenCPN on the LiveDVD you should activate the sample data. To do this open a Terminal from the main Applications menu and run “” at the command prompt. The user’s password is given in the file on the main desktop.

You can download additional US nautical charts from NOAA at

Setting up your GPS

If you have a GPS connected you will want to start the gpsd service. To do that run:

sudo dpkg-reconfigure gpsd


sudo /etc/init.d/gpsd start

BlueTooth GPS users should take special care to read up about the no-probe option. (for this reason we have not started gpsd automatically)

  • xgps‘ is a good program to check that Gpsd can see your GPS ok.


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