Over the years I've become a big fan of the open source community and I've tried to migrate to such software bit by bit. Although I haven't contributed with software myself, I would like to give credits to the creators of the tools I'm using.
I wish I could run the project entirely with open source tools under e g Linux. Some tools are currently commercial, but several should be replacable by corresponding open source equivalents.
Unfortunately the effort to migrate to a completely open source development environment is too big for the moment since I have everything up and running (and I have migrated hardware, compiler and development computer once already so... ;). I also doubt that there are high quality tools for all my needs, like replacements for the PIC simulator or C-compiler for example... or are there? Please enlight me!
Anyway, here's a list of the major software tools used:
|Build system||GNU make|
|Mathematical modelling||Matlab, planning on migrate to GNU Octave|
|C-compiler, linker||Hi-Tech PICC lite, is there a good open source compiler somewhere?|
|PIC programmer||Nigel Goodwin's WinPicProg|
|Schematics & PCB layout||Ultimate's Ulticap & Ultiboard|
And in the lab I've used some electronic and mechanical tools:
|General||Pencil and paper!|
|Hand tools||The usual stuff no developer can live without: soldering machine, drilling machine, screw drivers, pliers et c|
|PIC programmer||P16PRO40 programmer|
|Development PC||Different standard PCs|
|Multimeter||CALTEK INSTRUMENT CM3900A|
|Oscilloscope||Tektronics 7704A (a huge thing from around 1972 :)|
|Power supply||OLTRONIX B 5020 among others|