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Old 01-13-2015, 11:04 PM   #1
kansaswoodrat
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Question EMC2 installed on Mandriva ??


I have a small form factor HP just loaded with latest
distribution of Mandriva. Would like to install CNC
(EMC2) software on this particular machine with existing distribution. Have a windows box with Mach3
loaded, and would like to do a comparison before I
commit to purchase of Mach3 license. Mach3 interacts
with CNC hardware VIA LTP port, I have added a parallel PCI card to this PC to support same interface
for EMC2.

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Is my intent possible to load emc2 onto mandriva ?
Really like Mandriva and have little desire to
migrate to another Linux dist.
Any help greatly appreciated.
 
Old 01-14-2015, 10:15 AM   #2
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Originally Posted by kansaswoodrat View Post
I have a small form factor HP just loaded with latest distribution of Mandriva. Would like to install CNC (EMC2) software on this particular machine with existing distribution. Have a windows box with Mach3 loaded, and would like to do a comparison before I commit to purchase of Mach3 license. Mach3 interacts with CNC hardware VIA LTP port, I have added a parallel PCI card to this PC to support same interface for EMC2.
I hope you are aware that Mach 3 is only a Windows-based program.
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Is my intent possible to load emc2 onto mandriva ?
If you're talking about the EMC2 package from here: http://www.linuxcnc.org/

Then yes, since it's Linux software, but you may have to build everything from source. Or (better), run it from their live CD, and don't load ANYTHING on your hard drive.
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Really like Mandriva and have little desire to migrate to another Linux dist.
The EMC2 software appears to be built on Ubuntu. That said, Mandriva might be a nice distro, but for the most part, Linux is Linux. Any distro will have pretty much the same commands, file structures, file systems, etc. Locking yourself into one distro limits what you'll be able to do. The best way to look at Linux (or any computer), is the same way you look at the CNC machine...it is only a TOOL. Trying to shoehorn an application onto a system where it wasn't designed to work may succeed, but cause difficulties. While you can grab a wrench and pound in a nail, because you LIKE that particular wrench, that doesn't make it the best tool for that job.

And honestly, if you're looking for CNC software, and Mach 3 suits your needs better, I'd suggest sticking with Windows just for that.
 
  


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