There is not much astrology software in Linux general, so often the best way is to use good freeware Windows soft in Wine. Following article is based on practical experiences with running in Ubuntu. Basic recommendation is to use either Astrolog32 or Zet 8 lite software (if prefere freeware). Both of these applications run flawlessly. However, there are also native astrology programs and on of them-older version of Astrolog is present in Ubuntu repository. I will also try to give an brief overview of native apps.
Native Linux apps
You can install native astrolog version (5.40) from Ubuntu repository.Type in a terminal:
sudo apt-get install astrolog
The program has many functions, but the main disadvantage is its spartan interface. To launch program, type `astrolog`. In the foloowing, you will type things like day, month, year, time zone, latitude and longitude etc. The output will be text-only. If you want graphic chart, type `astrolog -X` instead. There are many more switches (like -X) and options (configuration file- `astrolog.dat` should be modified). Configuration file can by copied i.e. from Windows version and you can adapt it to suit your needs. Refer to astrolog help file or official documentation.
Openastro.org is an open source fully featured astrology software developed on Ubuntu. You can download ready made binaries or add the repository from www.openastro.org. Below is a screenshot of the main interface.
Other linux programs
Maitreya is oriented mainly at vedic (indian) astrology, but also basic western chart techniques are supported. Home page: http://saravali.de/maitreya/index.html http://sourceforge.net/projects/maitreya/ Application is not in repository, also no binaries are (yet) available, so compilation from source code will be necessary.
Skylendar is succesor of Kastrolog, these also Astrolog derivatives. KAstrolog cannot probably be installed because its dependancies on old QT libraries (?), while Skylendar is newer, unformately there are no binaries or packages, again compilation is necessary. This is only for experienced users (compilation). Author has on its pages special Ubuntu binary (skylendar.bz.2), but this one file is not enough for program to run. So, if you are not experienced Linux administrator or have not such acquaintace, I would not recommend to fiddle with this. Better try Astrolog32, which has also more functions. Home page: http://skylendar.kde.org/
Software that will run with Wine
It is necessary to have Wine installed so first of all, Read Wine.
Astrolog32 is based on original Walter Pullen version and ads some enhacements like advanced search funcion (see screenshot), long filename support, builtin precise Swiss Ephemeris etc. Homepage: http://www.orionsoft.cz/astrolog32/cz/ Older 1x version: http://uk.geocities.com/astrolog32/
- if program cannot find its configuration file (astrolog32.dat)-i.e. you save your configuration with option File → Save current settings, close program and run it again and well, program runs with old setting . If this is your case, try to copy file ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ files/Astrolog32/main/astrolog32.dat directly to your home folder, i.e /home/frank. (`cp ~/.wine/drive_c/Program\ files/Astrolog32/main/astrolog32.dat ~/frank`)
Zet 8 lite
Zet 8 is another excellent sofware. You can also buy "Professional" version with more funkctions. "Lite" version is freeware. Home page: http://www.zaytsev.com
Astrolog 5.41G is yet another enhanced Astrolog derivates that perfectly runs under Wine. http://astrolog.offline.ee/astrolog/changed/changed.shtml Direct download link: http://astrolog.offline.ee/astrolog/changed/a541gwin.zip
- astrolog package - multiverse
- Maitreya homepage
- Skylendar homepage
- Astrolog32 (Orionsoft) version 2x homepage
- Astrolog32 version 1x
- Astrolog 5.41G
- Zet 8 homepage
- Zet 8 lite download