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Electronics Software in Linux – Layout Editor

Posted in electronic, linux with tags , , , , on November 10, 2008 by coolarm

To add to the list of Linux-software for electronics listed in another post, I came across this software named LayoutEditor – A open-source IC/MEMS Layout editing tool which can also work on Windows. Whats more???

It seems to have been a result of lot of thought and hardwork, given the features you would find implemented in it. One can also write macros to automate the procedure, use command line entry,  view 3D models of the layout, operate on different file-formats and whole lot of tweaks an be applied. I have been using it for a while and it is a really useful software to learn about Layout Editing tools. It is surprising that it comes for free among all the costly LayoutEditors available as such. This should be a really useful tool for academia too. The online forum also has regular replies from the author for questions posted by users and regular updated versions of the software. is the official website

I would encourage you to atleast visit the site and visit the sponsors as well – a easy way to contribute to a very good project.


Wubi uninstallation

Posted in linux, wubi with tags , , , , on June 2, 2008 by coolarm

I wondered if I should write a separate post for this uninstallation, considering the length of the procedure. But I didnt want to combine it with the installation post either.

Goto your installation Ubuntu Wubi installation folder and locate the Uninstall-Ubuntu.exe file .

In the case of our installation, it will be e:\Ubuntu\Uninstall-Ubuntu.exe.

All you need to do is to launch the application. You may uncheck the “Backup the downloaded files(CD-ISO file)” and click Uninstall. You will have your original system back in a minute.

This is the ease of use of Wubi installation.

I hope you uninstall Linux, only to perform a traditional installation :).


Linux for Windows users – Wubi Installation

Posted in linux with tags , , , , on June 2, 2008 by coolarm

Let me start of my first post with this new feature in Ubuntu 8.04

For the impatient, you can start using Linux in half an hour and remove it without affecting your system a scratch in a minute. Below is the information

An internet connection to download the Linux ISO
A ISO mounting software like CD Anywhere Manager or Virtual CD
and a computer with enough space to install it into 🙂
As a fresh user to Linux, you probably dont want to take the risk of reformatting your system, reinstalling windows, partitioning it for linux and then installing Linux and getting to know you arent able to get into WIndows…..blah blah
Here is the master solution available from Ubuntu

Wubi -

“Wubi is an officially supported Ubuntu installer for Windows users that can bring you to the Linux world with a single click. Wubi allows you to install and uninstall Ubuntu as any other Windows application, in a simple and safe way. Are you curious about Linux and Ubuntu? Trying them out has never been easier!”

-Wubi homepage

If you are curious to find out about Linux, I will bet you cant get hands-on Linux any easier. If you have an hour to spare, the information on this page will get you started with Linux



This is the link to download the latest desktop edition of Hardy.

Or you could download from this link too – Click here

Alternatively, you could request a free CD, except that your installation will get delayed
2)Select the computer type – 32 bit or 64 bit. and download the ISO
3)Now in Windows, mount the ISO in a software like CD anywhere manager (click here) and double click the drive to get a menu

Menu that appears when you lanch the installer from ISO
4)Click on “Install inside Windows”

5)Select the hard drive partition to which you want to install, say E:. It could also be your system partition, C:.
6)Select the size of the installation, say 7GB. This space is reserved as a directory of size 7GB, in which your linux related data is written.
Note: This is reserved space and not expanding space limited to 7GB
7)Desktop environment – Ubuntu and Language, say English. Give the username and a valid non-blank password. Click install

First screen after installation begins

Second screen after installation proceeds
8) Since the setup files are copied in the previous step, you dont need a CD thereafter

Final step in Stage 1 of installation
9) The important step is that, when you reboot there will be two or more options at startup. This is immediately after your PC manufacturer’s logo is displayed. There will be a option saying “Microsoft Windows XP”, “Ubuntu” on your screen in a DOS-style. – This link has a sample image of how your screen could look except for that the “Windows XP Recovery Consolw” will be replaced by “Ubuntu”.

Since there is a time-out value on this screen, you should make sure that you use the cursor keys to highlight Ubuntu and press Enter before it reboots into XP. If you miss, its not a problem. You will need to reboot again for this screen.

10)Make sure you connect the network cable so that the PC is conencted to internet. Now it will go ahead copying files and configuring your system while you sit back and relax. I have done this umpteen times and faced no problem. It installs like a breeze, not asking a single question.

11) The PC will reboot automatically after installation. If you now choose the Ubuntu option at startup(just like what you did above), you would login to your Ubuntu screen.

Congrats, you now have your installed Ubuntu. You could browse through the other pages for some post-installation configuration and to learn to handle linux.

What next: GoogleTalk VOIP support, Windowslike fonts (and more to come)

The above line refer to tweakings that will set you in a path to use Linux for everything else. When you are experienced handling Linux, you can install it outside Windows, all of which will come up on this website, one by one.