Advertisement: We should include the "libdivecomputer" aspect

Amit Chaudhuri amit.k.chaudhuri at
Wed Feb 6 06:36:31 PST 2013

Article was a v. small one in Linux Format.  I think it was in a column
called "Also released" but I'm not 100% on that.  It typically gives a one
or two
sentence summary...I'll see if I can find it.


On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM, Dirk Hohndel <dirk at> wrote:

> On Feb 6, 2013, at 12:13 AM, Amit Chaudhuri <amit.k.chaudhuri at>
> wrote:
> >
> > I was first alerted to the existence of subsurface through a magazine
> article.
> Which magazine? Which article???
> > I was then drawn to it by support for the Suunto Gekko.  There is this
> nutty situation where Suunto don't support their own model in terms of PC
> connectivity but do provide it for more expensive models.  I had one
> computer in each category here and they were exceptionally unhelpful when I
> contacted them to explore options.
> >
> > Functionality and polish pre 2.1 were arguably a bit weak compared to
> commercial offerings, but I've been amazed at how fast that has been
> changing.
> I still think there's a ways to go when it comes to polish. It still feels
> very rough in many areas. It has this open source feel to it. It works well
> for hackers, it is just a bit out of reach for "normal" people.
> The unintuitive editing (why don't you just edit in the regular Notebook
> page?), the odd menus, the small and not so small usability issues. The
> learning curve is too steep and the out of the box experience is still not
> good enough for my liking.
> > So I think the story is pretty good these days AND there is a decent
> chance of attracting people with older machines - assuming they are present
> in the target readership.
> That is certainly true. I think we look very good compared to many of the
> divecomputer vendor programs. I think some of the dedicated divelog
> programs are still quite a bit ahead of us.
> /D
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