From: "Christopher R. Carlen"
Subject: Re: Working Spice for Linux?
Date: Wed, 16 Oct 2002 07:51:37 -0700
Organization: Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM USA
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Mark Becker wrote:
> Hello - (and I hope I have the right newsgroup for this..)
> It seems there are multiple versions of Spice on the web.. some named
> "spice", some named "spice3", and others going by the name of
> "spice3f4" or "spice3f5". A Google search produces a number of hits,
> each with someone's "latest" set of patches to fix one problem or
> After feeding National's model for an LMC6001A to Yet Another
> Compilation of spice3f5sfixed and getting thoroughly frustrated at
> error messages (looks like a parsing problem dealing with sub-circuits
> somewhere), I turn to this group's accumulated wisdom and ask:
> Can someone point me to source code for a known working version of
> Your time is appreciated.
> Mark Becker
Perhaps the best thing going at this time for SPICE on Linux is Spice Opus,
Alternatively, LT SwitcherCAD runs pretty well on Wine in Linux. I have
always hated to use Wine, and so I never did, but lately it has proven
quite workable with some of my favorite tools. I have some trouble with
stray pixels on the screen when moving parts around the schematic, but
it fixes itself after the part is placed.
Also, Simetrix seems to work very well in Wine.
I have talked to several vendors about native ports to Linux. They are
unfortunately not in a hurry. Simetrix says they intend to port in the
future. Beige Bag also intends to port in the future. I have talked to
Intusoft, and they were polling for people interested in a Linux port a
couple years ago, but I'm not sure what they are up to now.
Super Spice will likely never port, as it's author denies the relevance
Cadsoft told me that porting to Linux provided them with a nice (about
10%, I think) boost in sales of their Eagle PCB product. They have *no*
regrets, and they develop on Linux as well, which they also are very
happy about deciding to do.
So I would say check out Spice Opus and also call or email several of
the mid-range vendors like Newbury Technology, Intusoft, BeigeBag, etc.,
and bug them about it. You have some opportunity to make your voice heard.
Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA