As a Ham Radio operator and a Linux enthusiast, my options for programs to log QSOs is somewhat limited. Unlike the Windows environment, there are only a handful of Linux logging programs to chose from.
I had initially taken a liking to CQRLOG for it’s powerful logging features but quickly became disappointed with it’s system requirements. Namely, it won’t run on a Raspberry Pi — especially when operating side-by-side with FLDIGI. While I don’t use a Raspberry Pi as the primary computer in my shack, I’d like to have that low-power option should I need it. (Such as, for a Field Day.)
Ultimately, I decided upon Xlog not only for it’s ability to run on systems with less horsepower but also in part because of it’s speed and simplicity of use. I also liked that it uses a flat file for the log instead of a database on the backend. (However, check back with me when I have several thousand contacts and we’ll see how that flat file holds up.)