Fedora Electronic Lab Live CD

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This is the Electronic Laboratory Live CD edition of the Fedora Linux operating system

editor's review





Fedora Electronic Lab Live CD is an open source Linux operating system targeted mainly towards the Micro-Nano Electronic Engineering field. It is based on the latest Fedora technologies and offers a complete electronic laboratory setup, which comprised of reliable and free embedded design utilities that will help anyone to keep up with the current technological race.

Availability, supported architectures, boot options

This Fedora remix is available for download as two Live DVD ISO images of approximately 2GB in size, which means that they can only be burned onto DVD discs or deployed to USB flash drives of 4GB or higher capacity.

The boot menu is identical with the one of other Fedora remixes, allowing users to start the live environment with default settings. The "Troubleshooting" will also allow the user to start the live session in safe graphics mode, run a RAM test, boot from the local drive, and test the medium for defects (only if using a DVD media).

An electronic laboratory on top of the modern GNOME desktop environment

The default desktop environment for this Fedora respin is GNOME, which is also used on the main Fedora Live CD edition. It's comprised of a single panel from where users can interact with opened applications, search the entire system for files and apps, cycle between multiple workspaces, as well as to lunch apps.

Among the pre-installed applications, we can mention Eclipse IDE, Dia diagram creator, Emacs text editor, Eeschema schematic capture editor, Electric VLSI integrated-circuit design software, gResistor resistor color code calculator, KiCad EDA software suite, PCB Designer printed circuit board designer, and the entire Alliance VLSI CAD system.

Bottom line

Summing up, Fedora's Electronic Laboratory Live CD edition is a Linux distribution dedicated to support the innovation and development brought by the open source Electronic Design Automation (EDA) community.

Fedora Electronic Lab Live CD was reviewed by Marius Nestor
Last updated on December 9th, 2014
Fedora Electronic Lab Live CD - Some of the electronic design apps included in the Fedora Electronic Lab Live CD distribution

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