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1997\12\14@111026 by Joost Kooij


The message included below was posted to a linux mailinglist. I have
forwarded it to the piclist because it appears to me that the Microchip
PIC processors are very popular with electronics hobbyists, as are freeBSD
and linux with computer hobbyists (of course, this does not mean that
I think that is all that they are good for,) providing a common base.

The Free Electronics Software mailinglist, as its name suggests, intends
to focus on all aspects of freely available software for electronics

The primary target platforms are the also freely available unices freeBSD
and linux, but other operating systems are not excluded a priori.
Ideally, "free"  does not only imply "free of monetary and copyright
restrictions", but also "free of platform restrictions."
There is no restriction either to any kind of microcontroller - or even
microcontrollers in general, eg. ASIC's and analog design are an equally
welcome subject.

Some people on this list may already be familiar with some of the
unix-native pic tools available from the GNUPIC archive. Others may have
experience using some of the dos-based Microchip tools in the dosemu
environment. We want to share these experiences and provide a forum for
people interested in developing newer and better alternatives.

Current plans w.r.t. PIC's are:
- make an inventory of currently available software;
- start working again on NitPic/PicSim, a 16C84 simulator;
- integrating tools into a mplab-like development environment;
- all kinds of interesting projects to create nifty extensions to one's pc
 and hack drivers for it into the linux kernel ;-).

"Future prospectives" (<grin> hey folks, Microchip does this too!) are:
- adding PIC extensions to gcc (c++ on the PIC);
- porting perl to the pic - PICperl (TM) and PICStampede (TM);

Anybody who is interested in:
- knowing what electronics development tools are available for unix
- actually using such tools;
- maybe even helping to develop some;
or just enjoys the discussion on these topics (does your goat come with
source?) is encouraged to subscribe to the Free Electronics Software



---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 12 Dec 1997 18:52:54 +1100
From: Hamish Moffatt <>
Subject: mailing list for free electronics software
Resent-Date: 12 Dec 1997 07:45:22 -0000
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I have created a mailing list for discussion about free electronics
software for Unix, especially Linux & FreeBSD. To subscribe, please email

(where fes means "free electronics software") with the command
"subscribe" in the text. The submission address is

Hamish Moffatt,,,
Latest Debian packages at PGP#EFA6B9D5
CCs of replies from mailing lists are welcome.

TO UNSUBSCRIBE FROM THIS MAILING LIST: e-mail the word "unsubscribe" to .
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