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(Industry Specialist)
02/02/05 11:01 AM
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Hello All,
A few short years ago the choice of which Linux for EDA was a clear question of redhat 7.2 which was widely supported by many of the EDA vendors.

Since then Red Hat released 7.3, 8.0 and 9.0 before splitting into the Enterprise Edition and Fedora Core Versions. Some people believe this also opened the EDA door to other vendors such as Suse.

Please feel free to chime in as an EDA user or EDA developer as to which Linux release you are actively using for live EDA projects. Please post both your Linux release and what EDA tools you are using on that release. Also you may note if you want if it is to your best knowledge officially supported by the EDA vendor and if you have had any troubles.

James Lee
Founder and President of The ASIC Group

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08/25/05 11:11 PM
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I would say Red Hat Enterpise Linux more than continues the legacy of 7.2. Especially the latest versions supporting Opteron are very powerful and popular. So I give a thumbs up for RHEL.

Johannes Grad

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01/30/07 06:56 AM
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I am successfuly using CentOS as a direct replacement for RHEL. I also managed to tun EDA tools on Debian.



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01/30/11 09:53 PM
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We're pretty heavily invested in Ubuntu, but some of the tools we use will only work if we lie to them and tell them they are running on Red Hat.  This causes problems in other areas, but so far things are working out fairly well.

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01/31/11 05:24 AM
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A bit of an update: time and experience has shown that the only two viable free distros that consistently work well with EDA tools (Cadence/Mentor) in a corporate environment are CentOS and Scientific Linux, because they "just work". Debian-based servers are great for other tasks (non-EDA: web, mail, dbase, ldap, etc.)

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