Our department is a product engineering deparment at
a very well known IC manufacturer. So it's related to EE world.
Our group uses CADENCE, LTL, ADS on UNIX/Linux plus other inhouse
developed software for circuit design, verification, and process data
We've abandoned practically all windows-based packages.
For example Exceed, MS-SQL7 DB, MS Office, MS IIS web server,
alongside with Windows itself.
Instead of Exceed, we're using custom Expect scripts which
export display from the UNIX application servers and launch
required applications on our Linux desktops.
Insted of MS SQL7, we're using MySQL 4.0.12 database
Instead of MS Office, we're using Open Office bound with MySQL.
Instead of MS IIS, we're using Apache 2.x web server.
Using LAMP (Linux Apache MySQL Perl) approach, we've developed
additional web based applications for our needs without dealing
with commercial vendors and license fees.
We calculated our total savings around $60,000 (software, hardware
and license costs) by moving into Linux environment.
May I inquire
a) What sort of engineering department are we talking about
(mechanical, electrical, structural)?
b) What critical design software packages does your group use and
windows-based packages did you have to abandon?
"I'd Rather Be Sailing"