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I work at an mechanical industry, and they are thinking in move on all computers to linux. My problem is that I use autocad. So, is there any free option for linux?? I found varicad, but it's not free..
Can't remember the one I downloaded once but it is in Quantian 0.7.9.1 (from DistroWatch.com) with an installed footprint of over 7Gb. Quantian is an eduactional Linux pre-packaged with enormous amount of software inside.
The free Cad software seems OK for the normal working and can read Autocad files in DSF format. Haven't tried it out in anger yet.
Things to remember is Linux and coexist with Windows and so in a short term devoted machines can dual boot both Linux and Windows until a reliable Linux Cad system is found. If you are using the leading edge of the Autocad then paying nothing wouldn't get you very far.