Whatever you do, please, avoid the MAX232!!! ...I've discarded lots of interesting schematics in the past, because the lack of a good source for the MAX232 chips here in my country!!!
I'm going to stick with the parallel port based design for now
How about the MAX3232? It's pin-compatible with the MAX232, except that it can run on both 3.3V and 5V. Then there's also the ST3232 and possibly other compatible chips as well.
You can also salvage the MC1488 and MC1489 from old ISA serial-port cards (these IC's aren't pin-compatible with the MAX232 but have 4 RS232 drivers [on the '88] and 4 receivers [on the '89]).
canavan wrote:neko_guile-1.8.7.tardist is already on its way to /incoming. I've managed to compile gEDA, it's running, but I appear to have trashed font support in cairo, pango, fontconfig, freetype, glib or something else I've updated during my quest for a suitable pango. There's only hollow rectangles all over the gschem/gattrib etc. interface. I'll hopefully nekowareify a few more of those tomorrow, after finding the source of the font-problem.
I have a feeling that the font problem is caused by pango. Nevertheless, this is good news, a functioning gEDA is not far away
canavan wrote:You patch looks suspicously like mine, except that I appear to have deleted the tag.c bit while cleaning it up for the tardist.
It's good to know I'm on the right track
GeneratriX wrote:I've desired this suite as a part of nekoware during latest two years!
Are there any other useful packages outside the gEDA suite?
So far, I've tried PCB (which compiles cleanly, no patches required!). I'll see if I can get xgsch2pcb and gerbv to compile and post the patches here.
EDIT: Got gerbv to compile -- seems to work properly. Here's the patch: