Moving from Windows 7 to *nix


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I've been a data feeder for a long time, (at least since 2015) and I use a Windows 7 system, it also takes my weather station data and upload that to the cloud too.

I know Windows 7 is old and long in the tooth but it was working and I left it. It sits on a virtual machine and I could not upgrade to W10 due to the graphics card the VM emulates so rather than change it I left it. it was so long ago this forums changed software and I had to re-register :)

It stopped uploading data sometime ago, and its been on the list of to do 's but I'll admit I have happily forgot about fixing it, but as the weather station side was working I didn't want to do anything too drastic and its a PITA remembering how I get a USB device to talk to specific VM's to make changes.

So to the point...

Not only has the ADS-B stopped working but recently the weather station side failed, so its time to switch to W10 or Ubuntu. As I don't have a licience for W10 I'm thinking Ubuntu, it should be lighter on the VM host, and FR24 no long support Windows as a client anyway..

I plan to backup then wipe my current VM and move to Ubuntu, I also want to feed not only PF but also FR24, (and I'm happy to sent it elsewhere if poeple want it) as well as move the weather station side to Ubuntu, thankfully both have a lot of community support for Debian (or rather Raspbian) so all the software I need is availabe.

Can anyone give me any tips and pointers? or even Gotcha's to be aware of? As I'm going to clone the existing VM I'll have it to refer back to, but other than my sharing ID (and heck that can change if I need to) is there anything I need to consider, or has anyone else seen any problems?

Thanks in Advance...
Almost got there, I have PF working, struggling a bit to get FR24 running together...

Not helped by the fact there are so few planes in the sky, so for a while I didn't know if its an issue with my setup, or simply no planes in the air..

Dump1090 is at least running and seeing places so its jsut configs now...
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install dump1090-mutability

$ sudo usermod -a -G plugdev dump1090
$ sudo systemctl restart dump1090-mutability

$ sudo reboot

Plane Finder Feeder
1. Install
$ sudo dpkg --add-architecture i386
$ sudo apt update
$ sudo apt install gcc-8-base:i386 libc6:i386 libgcc1:i386 libidn2-0:i386 libunistring2:i386

$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i pfclient_5.0.161_i386.deb

2. Configure
Go to following address in your browser and carry-out configuration/signup
From the browser of Ubuntu on which pfclient is installed

From the browser of another computer on same network:

Flightradar24 Feeder
1. Install
$ wget
$ sudo dpkg -i fr24feed_1.0.25-3_amd64.deb

2. Configure:
Open configuration file to edit
$ sudo nano /etc/fr24feed.ini

Add following three lines in above file:
(replace xxxx by your actual fr24 key)

Save file (Ctrl+O) and close (Ctrl+X)

Restart fr24feed
$ sudo systemctl restart fr24feed


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Flightaware Feeder
sudo bash -c "$(wget -O -"

Flightaware-web (see screenshot below)
sudo bash -c "$(wget -O -"