I'm planning on getting a copy of Linux for my newly opened business (paying half of my money to MS for a software package that won't give me much enough isn't exactly what I think good for a new business :-o ), but my job (I'm an engineer, obviously) requires me to have a CAD program. Which is the best free program for this ? I've already heard about Win programs being able to run under Linux, so is there any chance of getting AutoCAD to work ? If yes, how can I do that ?
Are you sure that there isn't already a Linux (or UNIX) version of AutoCAD? I think there should be.
Anyway, I was able to find LinuxCAD, which unfortunately isn't free, though. If you want to check it out, see http://www.linuxcad.com/.
For free software, you can look at GNU's CAD directory, at http://www.gnu.org/directory/design/cad/. I don't know how complete those projects are, however. (I guess you're free to help, though... =) )
varkon looked interesting when I tested it (I don't know a whole lot about cad, but I did architecture drawings in school). I wonder if they make Catia for linux also? If they do it is commercial and really expensive, but worth it. From what I have seen Catia for windows is one of the best CAD programs.
AutoCAD for Linux ? Does anybody have more info on this ? I searched a big Google about that, but didn't gave me much.....Thanks for replying !
Nah, I'm just guessing that there should be. I really don't know _that_ much about CAD, but I've gotten the idea that AutoDesk is a large company with old UNIX heritage, and in that case they should have made a Linux version. I may very well be wrong, though.
AutoCAD: nope. Nothing free at all. You can't even buy it I don't think. If you can buy it it is prohibitively expensive.
CAD on Linux
I am also an engineer (now working in IT) and am interested in CAD pakages on Linux as well. I haven't got around to reaserching this a great deal yet, but I have a few suggestions.
If your're lookking for 2D drafting only, try QCAD at http://www.qcad.org/index.php3 it's recomended by some.
For 3D look at VariCAD at http://www.varicad.com this is meant to be one of the better ones on Linux.
The link below will take you to a page showing a whole list of available Linux CAD packages.
By the way there was talk of PROEngineer being ported to Linux, but I'm not sure what became of it all.
I hope this helps. Good luck, and keep me imformed if you can.