I've been using Linux for a while now. The one thing that a lot of my classes require is the use of Visio for networking diagrams. I understand that you can simply make something in GIMP or equivalent, but I would like to see an application developed specifically for that purpose that will include icons and the like.
I'm aware of the ones that claim to be like Visio. I think the question was more towards is there going to be an Open Source development in the near future that is closer to Visio than the ones that are currently developed.
LOL, I would start one if I knew the direction to go and what all was needed for it. I'm just a beginning programmer. Not quite up to that level yet. I'll keep tryin' though.
Depends what Visio functionality you're looking to replicate.
Dia's good for some things - and you'll want the additional dia-shapes too - and for things like basic flowcharts and organisational charts, LibreOffice Draw just about cuts it.
There are some interesting modeling tools in Eclipse too but the fact that you can break your installation by installing incompatible features can be a bit annoying.
XMind although roundly dismissed as unfree by the virtual Richard Stallman package is nevertheless free as in free beer and easily installed as a deb package from their website.
Tips for Dia to make it look better than it does out of the box:
- File > Preferences > Diagram defaults > Connection points: untick "visible"
- File > Preferences > View defaults > Antialias: tick "view antialiased"
Changing the line thickness in Dia from 0.10 to 0.05 also makes it look a bit more Visio-like.
Basically I've been using Dia to make network diagrams, however, I would like something with the visio icon packages. Simply it's aestecally pleasing to use the icons that visio offers such as the ethernet image and many of the router symbolds and nodes. I haven't been able to find any icon packages for Dia that resemble anything close to visio icons.
That's what's needed though. Let's find a way.
Who runs Dia? Who do we need to talk to? Give me the Dia guy. I want the Dia guy right now.
Wendy: Mr Hoare, I have the Dia guy on the line.
Simon: Tell him I'm busy.
Wendy: What? But I thought you...
Simon: Wendy, do I pay you to think?
Wendy: Well, no but...
Simon: Ok, Wendy, I've done enough talking for one day. Get me the President on the line and tell him it's war.
Wendy: But we're an imaginary company. The United States government doesn't deal with imaginary companies.
Simon: Well, I'm not so sure about that. But damn you, Wendy. I won't have you disobey me like that. Now fetch me the stapler.
Wendy: There you go.
Simon: Thank you.
Wendy: Are you happy now?
Wendy: Are you happy now you got me to do what you wanted and in so doing demonstrated who is the boss?
Simon: Wendy, do I look happy?
Wendy: Well, not really but...
Simon: Good. Now where were we?
Wendy: You were stapling.
Simon: Yes, I was, wasn't I? Now pass me some sheets of A4 before I really lose it.
Wendy: Blank or printed on?
Simon: Hurry, Wendy. This is no time for questions.
But yeah, it would be good to make Dia better. I'm certainly up for it, although I'm no technician.
That's about the jist of it with the software community. I wish it was easy to post a forum and get results, I'm just hoping someone from there reads this and finds a way. Again, I'm just a beginning programmer. Simple Java apps.
I don't have exactly the answer that you're looking for. But we've started using Lucidchart at school. It's not open-source but the Pro version is free to students so that's a plus. Here's some info on Lucidchart as a Linux Visio alternative.
I loooooooove yEd.... Blistering fast, snappy, in some regards better than Visio. But... In the company I work for the tool is forbidden, there's some relation to Intellectual Property and watermarks in pictures...
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