I just came across Skywave, a packaged Linux distribution for SDR with some ham radio bits as well. I’ve only found one mention of it, in passing, so I thought I’d point it out. You can find it on SourceForge at https://sourceforge.net/projects/skywavelinux/, or at its “home” at https://skywavelinux.com . It’s built on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, if anyone cares about those details.
It comes with a number of pre-installed SDR programs, includes LimeSuite in its programmer tools, and theoretically can be run as a Live Distro from a USB stick. I ended up installing it on an old laptop, and have been able to add a few other pieces since, such as SDRangel. For Windows users who’d like to try it, you may be able to make it work with YUMI (I had poor success) or burn a bootable DVD and then use the included installer program to make a bootable “live” USB to try this without having to install it. In theory you should be able to use YUMI to create a USB stick with persistence, so that you can install a bunch of stuff (SDRangel, the SoapySDR AirspyHF plugin) and have it stick around on your next boot. I’m a Linux rookie, so if someone else can figure out how to do this and advise us, that’d be great!
I’d love to see the distro itself come with SDRangel pre-compiled, and also with the SoapySDR AirspyHF plugin. If someone knows how to make that happen, or the right way of contacting the “owner”, that’d be great!
I’m sure everyone here knows more about Linux than I do, but if that’s not the case and you’ve had a hankering to take it for a spin, this might be a good way to do that.