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i have had this programmer working on windows (xp) with IcProg but i have since switched to Linux (slackware) and would prefer not to have to run windows just for this purpose.
Does anybody know where i can find a linux alternative for ICProg?
You would prefer??!
I would prefer not to grow old and die.
Almost all linux programmer software is for Tait-ish parallel programmers.
(check out picprg and odyssey). The only serial one I know of for linux is
Either way there is a serious lack of tools for uC development under
linux. I don't want to run a win32 box for this either but that's the way things
are. GNUPIC is a great place to get up-to-speed and has nice outlined steps
for getting GCC to speak microcontroller, etc. But don't expect to find the
types and level of tools that are available for Windows... they aren't here yet.
If you don't want to keep some win32 partition around that you can multiboot
into from grub or lilo, at least make a Win9x boot CD and keep it handy.
(burn your favorite programmer packages onto it too.)
If you are on doing it under linux, you can probably get it to work under Wine.
You can keep using IC-Prog, Eagle, etc. Technically this is retarded, just
run a native Windows setup. There's no reason to use it under Wine other
than to say that you CAN.
My suggestion: Get a junky old P2/450 collecting dust and dedicate this to your
PIC development. Don't even need a monitor or keyboard, just a NIC. Keep your
entire dev setup on this, every IDE you want to use, your code repository, sims
and emulators and debuggers. A 450MHz box can run any uC emulator just fine.