Can I use the same CNC control software on Ubuntu and on WinXP? Answered

I would like to be able to run the same software on both so that I don't have to switch between the two all the time. I have Mach3 running on the XP machine, and I know of EMC2 for Ubuntu. Is it possible to run either of these on both platforms? A la running Mach3 on Ubuntu using Wine, or EMC2 on XP using something else? Or is there other free CNC control software out there that will work on both "out of the box"?

Asked by CameronSS 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Can I design in CAD and convert to gcode on Windows then use EMC2 (LinuxCNC) to control the CNC with files made in XP?

Let's clarify. I want to design my parts for a CNC machine in a free CAD program on Windows, then convert them to G-Code on Windows with free CAM. Then I want to take that G-Code file from Windows to a separate computer with Ubuntu on it to use as the control computer. The Ubuntu PC will have EMC2 on it, and will be connected to the 3 axis CNC machine through the Parallel Port. I just can't seem to find any free control software that is good and recommended by others for XP, only Ubuntu. Is this possible or is there a great free XP control software that I'm missing? Thanks in advance.

Asked by snowpenguin 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago