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Old 03-07-2005, 07:47 PM   #1
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anyone know a Electronics workbench for linux

I am sick of having to reboot into windows to run multisim. Anyone know if there is a multisim like program for linux. If not how do u run a windows program on linux?

Old 03-07-2005, 10:31 PM   #2
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There are many e3lectronics programs for linux, from pspice, to ksimus. Schematic capture programs, electronic CAD programs, Circuit simulators, PCB layout programs, and much more.

I'm not sure you'll find a single tool that does all the things "Multisim" does, but There are tools out there. I'd suggest looking on for suitable software.

Presently I run a Debian Stable machine, and ksimus is listed as a circuit simulator, but there are many other electronics programs that offer other functionality.

Hope this helps,

Old 04-24-2005, 06:57 PM   #3
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You can try the gEDA package which is complete but very hard to use(at least for me so far). It has spice, nutmeg, pcb, schematics editior, ... My current goal is to make PCB under linux.
Old 07-21-2010, 04:37 AM   #4
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I am finding it almost impossible to use gEDA, so I'm trying a different approach, should I just use Multisim on VMware or would Wine be best??

I know this is a late reply, thanks
Old 07-21-2010, 08:55 AM   #5
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I'm going to reply to this, even though it might have been better to start a new thread, after all this time.

Originally Posted by Smophos View Post
I am finding it almost impossible to use gEDA
I don't know how much this helps, but this is a common problem. It is not that gEDA is bad, but the learning curve is nearly vertical. If you don't already have both electronics experience and simulation experience, I would suggest that not trying gEDA is probably the best initial step (you'll get error messages and you won't know from which program the problem originally comes or have any idea whether its your simulation skills, your modelling skills, your circuit design skills, or the integration between the elements that need attention; too confusing!)

Originally Posted by Smophos View Post I'm trying a different approach, should I just use Multisim on VMware or would Wine be best??
If you just want simulation, try LTSpice under Wine. Easy (comparatively) and it just works (comparatively). Most of the 'native linux' programs are 'educational'; unfortunately, educational, in this context, means 'simplified to the extent that you can't really use them for serious stuff, even though they do have an attractively shallow learning curve'.

It is more difficult if you want layout, too and need integration between the layout program and the sim program.
Old 07-22-2010, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thanks very much for replying

I'm quite experienced with Electronics and Simulation however I just couldn't get my head around gEDA (I'm very new to Linux as it is)

My problem was I no longer have dual-boot, preferring one OS per machine so no more Windows - which I am much better with!

I've set up Virtual Box and started learning LTSpice so I start to know what I'm doing .


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