30 Aug '13, 10pm

Hobby Engineering in Ubuntu Linux - EE Times

Early in 2012, my off-lease Lenovo T60 notebook computer's hard drive finally decided to give up the ghost. For whatever reason, I wasn't able to properly reinstall windows XP, so on a whim I decided to use the Ubuntu disks that I'd downloaded months before. As an avid maker and part-time blogger, I wasn't sure what was in store for me. I questioned whether or not Ubuntu would have the necessary tools to get what I needed done. Image courtesy of Ubuntu.com I'm a mechanical engineer, so technology isn't entirely foreign to me, but I'm not a good (non-PLC) programmer either. After 18 months, I finally bought a new computer with Windows 8 on it. Though Ubuntu is not nearly as bad as some people would have you believe, but there are definitely things about it that I miss. Programming As far as programming for the "hobby world," the Arduino and Raspberry Pi are probably the mos...

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