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  1. joki

    Xilinx WebTalk

    Regarding buying a license .... huh? The discussion was in the context of webtalk and webpack. So how much is a license to make webtalk go away? Isn't it a bit much? Maybe not, but if it is too high then it is not practical for casual users. I suppose you could make sure the computer was not connected to the internet, but that seems akward, at least. When I started the post I had not agreed to anything. What do you see between the lines?
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    Xilinx WebTalk

    The stuff you reported isn't too bothersome to me either. Hopefully it is restrained to do just what we think it does. We hear about intrusions and security breaches so much that our guard is up against any intrusion or snooping, I think. It chaps me that users can only walk away or report. Then since people do typically react against this mode, does it really help Xilinx? Technically - ok, but for goodwill? It seems like no. However, perhaps they are gracious compared to other rival vendors. I need to learn more to better formulate my opinions on this. BTW, thank you for your helpful and available book.
  3. (this post has nothing to do with Papilio. Papilio is great) I dislike WebTalk. Real or imaginary, it seems evil. So, I was thinking of using Ubuntu's wubi to create a little Linux partition. Should Xilinx ISE work OK there compared to a Windows 7 environment (maybe Ubuntu 12.04 or 14.04)? It will probably have around 20 gigs of free space. I read that you can thwart webtalk under Linux. Don't know if that is fair. But I don't want stuff mucking around in the background taking notes and pictures and sending a lump off to someone for something. And really Mr. Xilinx this medieval thinking is "all good" on the way up, but what if you need people on the way down, or when we have a little more choice? I suppose the MCU market is very different than FPGA realated stuff, but there are a lot more high quality free toolsuites for MCU development nowadays. And another thing .... the basic idea of free dev tools is that we the developers, free of charge, will be more inclinded to spec Xilinx chips in our design when we use a spyware_and_$ free develeopment tool from a friendly company. Do you really learn that much from a bunch of students who are learning FPGA? Hmm. Can't imagine it would be about design, but anyway. And if you see a need for free anything, why stuff webtalk in there? Tell the bean counters you are thinking long term, like a champion. BTW the chips are truely amazing & I think some appreciate that Xilinx is at least informing us about webtalk.