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About.com: Linux Does Weather

Jan 27, 2001, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aron Hsiao)

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"Ever find yourself watching The Weather Channel incessantly during the winter months, or hanging a thermometer outside your window for easy access? Wouldn't it be cool and oh-so-technical to somehow use your Linux computer to monitor the weather, without having to make any major changes at all?"

"You can. The National Weather Service provides a system of continuous weather monitoring in American cities for aviators to use. The weather information in METAR code can be obtained easily over the Internet, meaning that it's possible to use your Linux desktop and 'net connection to get continuous weather information."

"One such application for GNOME users is the GNOME Weather panel applet. Installing it is easy using the standard method:

  ./configure; make; make install
Once installed and launched, it will provide a cute little panel applet with an icon (like a sun behind a cloud) indicating current weather conditions and a temperature reading."

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