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Old 12-22-2003, 12:17 PM   #1
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autocad under linux

Hi all:

I want to install linux on my machine.
I am wandering if there is a way to run autocad under linux?
Maybe to run "windows" and under this "umbrella" to run autocad?

Any suggestion / clarification will be appreciated!

Thank you.
Old 12-22-2003, 12:23 PM   #2
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this is the problem im facing too. i need CAD system like altera max plus 2 or cadence or mentor graphics that can run under linux. can any1 provide some info about this?
Old 12-22-2003, 12:36 PM   #3
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Maybe to run "windows" and under this "umbrella" to run autocad?
yes, theres a program called wine that allows you to run many windows compatable programs on a linux machine. just go to

according to this people have been getting mixed results when it comes to autocad on wine
Old 12-22-2003, 12:51 PM   #4
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AutoCad is a very bloated "whale" of a application. As much as I use it (and dis-like it at the same time), I would would love to see an open-source alternative that can compete and still maintain compatibility.

AutoCad is to the drafting world like Windows is to the OS world. And from what I know, the most recent releases are so spread out into the the Windows system, that running through Wine or something similar just isn't working (as you can read from the above post).

There have been versions of Microstation (a far better program IMO) that were released under Linux, but I'm not sure how recent this was.

I'm still keeping my eye out for a Linux-native CAD solution (most I've found are so primitive in comparison to AutoCad they are useless).

I guess when you think about the cost of an AutoCad license, paying for Windows to run the darn thing is pocket change in comparison. I realize the economics is only a small reason to choose Linux over Windows. It's an even bigger reason to look for something other AutoCad.

Oh if only I had the programming skills........
Old 12-22-2003, 02:53 PM   #5
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Yes, but almost everybody use AutoCAD, every file sent / received is in AutoCAD format!

Indeed, I look at linux as a way to free myself from windows.
I heard that solaris has something like 'wine'. I will look into it.

I guess I have to live with it, at least for the time beeing. Dual OS seems to be the temporary solution.

Thanks to you all.


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