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Sunday, March 14, 2021 at 00:14

Continuing Ubuntu Electronics article, this is Debian with full electronic engineering tools installed. I installed the special 'Science Electronic' section of software packages on Debian and I got many a lot of tools such as circuits, schematics, and PCBs designers as well as the simulators. By this, you can just install the software you need instead of install the whole OS. Here I report it in this article several of them with screenshots and valuable information.

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Tools Installation

$ sudo apt-get install science-electronics 

A command above gives you full electronic engineering tools on Debian computer. This takes up to 1400MB (1.4GB) on Debian version 10 "Buster". The good news is that all these software packages are Free Software as defined by the Free Software Foundation and The GNU Project.


The IDE to write programs for Arduino AVR-based microcontroller devices. [Website


Flash programmer for Atmel SAM Devices. [Website]

GNU Electric

Electric is a sophisticated electrical CAD system for the design of integrated circuits. [Website 1][Website 2]



A genius user friendly CAD software to design electronics devices with multiple templates (Arduino, Raspberry Pi, etc.) but no simulation. [Website]


It is a suite of electrical circuit design, schematic capture, simulation, prototyping, and production for GNU/Linux. The difference is, right now GEDA is still available in the latest Debian but not anymore in Ubuntu. [Website] [Video GEDA Simulation with NGSpice]




It handles Schematic Capture, and PCB Layout with Gerber output  and is able to do simulations (with NGSpice or other SPICE simulators addition). [Website]

Below is a video of KiCAD with an electronics simulator:



Lepton EDA

Lepton is a continuation of GEDA, it includes schematic capture, netlisting into over 30 netlist formats, and many new features. [Website]


The best electronic circuit simulator. It is Free Software, available for all OS platforms, and is able to cooperate with other software -- and technically is able to do electronic simulations well. [Website]

Below is a video of NGSpice simulation: 




It create electric diagrams (no simulation). [Website]


Real time electronic circuit simulations with AVR, Arduino devices. [Website]


Digital circuit simulator with classical user interface. [Website]


It is a tool for engraving PCBs using CNCs (machines to produces materials). [Website]

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