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Re: Why Linux on a Laptop?

Electronics Engineering programs are one of the things that makes Linux
outshine Windows...

True Windows does have a good number of Electronics EDA programs...but by and
large the more powerful apps of this nature run on UNIX and Linux.

On 04-Dec-2001 Josef Dalcolmo wrote:
> I.M.Ciobica@TUe.nl said:
>> What about simply running linux with no vindoz? If I need vindoz
>> (which I don't think so), I run citrix (client) and I connect to  a
>> vindoz NT (citrix server). But I have no ideea what I can run there
>> and I could not run on linux. Maybe msie? 
> Good for you if you don't know what anyone could need Windows for!
> Apart from Word, and Powerpoint which I use because my business colleagues
> use 
> it and I often need to edit documents cooperatively,
> there are very few and limited Electrical Engineering tools available from 
> Linux. I know geda, oregano, chipmunk, ikarus verilog, and there are some 
> commercial ones, but nothing that is as easy to use as Proteus or Orcad, and 
> nothing that covers the whole range of tasks I need.
> In particular, when compiling to FPGAs, most of the time one needs to use the
> fitters the manufacturers deliver, and they run on Windows (or on Solaris as 
> the exception). The manufacturers give the fitters often away, because they 
> want to make money with chips, not software. However the cost of this
> software 
> is enormous, and therefore the manufacturers have little interest to make 
> versions for Linux too - at least as long as they feel they have to provide 
> them for Windows. I could imagine it would cost less to develop for Linux
> only.
> I imagine in other engineering disciplines except software engineering it is
> a 
> similar story.
> - Josef
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