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Old 11-18-2007, 04:58 AM
radarman
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Default Altera webpack for Linux?

I noticed that the Xilinx webpack version of ISE now runs in Linux. I
seem to recall in the past that the webpack was a Windows only tool,
so this seems like a signficant shift.

Does anyone know if Altera has any plans to release a Quartus webpack
for Linux? I still prefer Altera devices for my hobby work even though
my current employer is 100% Xilinx. However, I'm looking down the
barrel of Vista on my next system, and while I would prefer to migrate
to Linux, I can't justify buying a license for Quartus to play at
home.

I suppose the other alternative is to bite the bullet, put my Altera
dev boards away, and migrate to Xilinx dev boards.
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Old 11-18-2007, 06:09 PM
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Default Re: Altera webpack for Linux?

On Nov 17, 11:58 pm, radarman <[email protected]> wrote:
> I noticed that the Xilinx webpack version of ISE now runs in Linux. I
> seem to recall in the past that the webpack was a Windows only tool,
> so this seems like a signficant shift.
>
> Does anyone know if Altera has any plans to release a Quartus webpack
> for Linux? I still prefer Altera devices for my hobby work even though
> my current employer is 100% Xilinx. However, I'm looking down the
> barrel of Vista on my next system, and while I would prefer to migrate
> to Linux, I can't justify buying a license for Quartus to play at
> home.
>
> I suppose the other alternative is to bite the bullet, put my Altera
> dev boards away, and migrate to Xilinx dev boards.


Just curious, why do you prefer Altera devices for hobby work?
-Dave Pollum

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Old 11-19-2007, 12:27 AM
Uwe Bonnes
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Default Re: Altera webpack for Linux?

radarman <[email protected]> wrote:
> I noticed that the Xilinx webpack version of ISE now runs in Linux. I
> seem to recall in the past that the webpack was a Windows only tool,
> so this seems like a signficant shift.


> Does anyone know if Altera has any plans to release a Quartus webpack
> for Linux? I still prefer Altera devices for my hobby work even though
> my current employer is 100% Xilinx. However, I'm looking down the
> barrel of Vista on my next system, and while I would prefer to migrate
> to Linux, I can't justify buying a license for Quartus to play at
> home.


> I suppose the other alternative is to bite the bullet, put my Altera
> dev boards away, and migrate to Xilinx dev boards.


Xilinx own all parts of the software the constitute ISE. They can distribute
without additional costs. Other vendors need external programms, where the
external vendor probably charges real money for the Linux version.

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Old 11-19-2007, 05:24 PM
radarman
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Default Re: Altera webpack for Linux?

On Nov 18, 12:09 pm, Dave Pollum <[email protected]> wrote:
> On Nov 17, 11:58 pm, radarman <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> > I noticed that the Xilinx webpack version of ISE now runs in Linux. I
> > seem to recall in the past that the webpack was a Windows only tool,
> > so this seems like a signficant shift.

>
> > Does anyone know if Altera has any plans to release a Quartus webpack
> > for Linux? I still prefer Altera devices for my hobby work even though
> > my current employer is 100% Xilinx. However, I'm looking down the
> > barrel of Vista on my next system, and while I would prefer to migrate
> > to Linux, I can't justify buying a license for Quartus to play at
> > home.

>
> > I suppose the other alternative is to bite the bullet, put my Altera
> > dev boards away, and migrate to Xilinx dev boards.

>
> Just curious, why do you prefer Altera devices for hobby work?
> -Dave Pollum


Largely because I worked almost exclusively with Altera devices at my
previous job, and still have several dev boards with Stratix & Cyclone
parts on them. They are reasonably capable, and since I prefer vendor
neutral VHDL anyway, it makes little difference (unless the idea I
want to try out requires Xilinx specific features)

Eventually, these boards will become too obsolete, at which point I'll
probably migrate to Xilinx at home as well, but I can't afford to toss
out perfectly working hardware.
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