(Off-topic) Software Information: "AutoCad for linux"

Duncan Lithgow dlithgow at gmail.com
Sun Jan 7 22:30:16 UTC 2007

On Sun, 2007-01-07 at 18:02 -0200, Daniel Cyt wrote:
> Hi All,
> This is my first post at this list!
> I'm installing UBUNTU for my uncle, who is leaving windows for the first 
> time.
> He is an architect and he wants to know if there is any  good FOSS option 
> for replacing autocad.
I use AutoCAD a lot these days and try to keep an eye on what's
happening in the CAD arena. There is nothing FLOSS that comes close to
AutoCAD. BricsCAD (which is built on the old intellicad) is a very close
clone of AutoCAD and definately worth a careful look.

I have not personally managed to get it working on Ubuntu, but they do
have an RPM package and other people have made it run on Ubuntu. I've
used it a bit on windows and was impressed. It's a bit uglier than
AutoCAD but feels very similar.

Depending on how heavily he uses AutoCAD, and if he uses ADT and other
graphic intensive parts of AutoCAD, it may be possible to run it inside
VMware. I've run AutoCAD ADT 2004 inside Windows 2000 in VMware on
Ubuntu - it worked okay. Win4lin gives better integration though than

Have fun, Duncan

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