Ok, you want to draw a small network diagram (for your home network) but don’t want to pay lots of money for Microsoft Visio, the reason being, you only want to use it occasionally, what do you do? yep you look for free software and since I’m running linux at home you look for a free Visio like linux software.
Currently I’m looking at:
billy@linux:~$ sudo apt-get install dia-gnome
Reading package lists… Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information… Done
The following extra packages will be installed:
The following NEW packages will be installed
dia-common dia-gnome dia-libs
0 upgraded, 3 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
Need to get 3292kB of archives.
After unpacking 21.4MB of additional disk space will be used.
Do you want to continue [Y/n]? y
Get: 1 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com feisty/main dia-common 0.96.1-0ubuntu1 [2377kB]
Get: 2 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com feisty/main dia-libs 0.96.1-0ubuntu1 [719kB]
Get: 3 http://gb.archive.ubuntu.com feisty/main dia-gnome 0.96.1-0ubuntu1 [197kB]
Fetched 3292kB in 4s (699kB/s)
Selecting previously deselected package dia-common.
(Reading database … 122083 files and directories currently installed.)
Unpacking dia-common (from …/dia-common_0.96.1-0ubuntu1_all.deb) …
Selecting previously deselected package dia-libs.
Unpacking dia-libs (from …/dia-libs_0.96.1-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
Selecting previously deselected package dia-gnome.
Unpacking dia-gnome (from …/dia-gnome_0.96.1-0ubuntu1_i386.deb) …
Setting up dia-common (0.96.1-0ubuntu1) …
Setting up dia-libs (0.96.1-0ubuntu1) …
Setting up dia-gnome (0.96.1-0ubuntu1) …
After a bit of testing (none too rigourous) I’ve decided on dia, below is a diagram of my current home network: