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Old 01-30-2002, 12:08 PM   #1
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Solving problems with Linux

Sorry about the numerous postings !

Assuming that you are on a country where there are no linux experts
1 -what are the real solutions if you want to set an office ,a govermental bureau or a school and want to be shure to get the apropriate help just in case things go wrong ?
( The reason i`m asking this is that things can go wrong even with Solid rock OS like linux , so one have to know what to count on )

2 -I heard about online paid help . How would a online company actually help you at a distance and solve things up ? How expensive is it ? I read also that you can save some real money choosing linux , not only it`s free but also because it demands less maintenance and you can always get free software for whatever needs you have.

3 -I think the only reason i don`t get out of windows for good is AUTOCAD ( autodesk ), i think this is one of linux greatest misses.
Here`s last but not least question : Would there be any problem with GNU, GPL or Linux if autodesk launched a non free version of this program for Linux ? thanks a lot

PS does anyone know any good linux CAD ?
Old 01-30-2002, 02:13 PM   #2
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I don't have all the answers, but I will give you some of my opinions here.

1. Hire an IT department of people that is familure with linux and can solve the problems one might incounter. It doesn't have to be a large staff, it just needs to have good people on it. Afterall, Linux is a constantly changing entity and you need somebody there to upgrade the programs, apply the security patches when they are availible and overall act as the system administrator.

2. Linux can be a cheaper way to go. It does, in general, require less work then a Windows platform, but not neccesarily any less work then a proprietary unix platform to maintane. It will run on cheap hardware, and much of the software is free. Remote administration and setup is possible with tools like SSH, but when the crap really hits the fan you will need somebody on site. While this may never happen, it is always smart to plan for the worst.

3. This is where people seam to not understand what some things really mean. First off, Open does not imply Free. You can have Open Source software that is not availible free of charge. Secondly, Free does not imply Open. Software that is closed source can also be free. Third, Linux the OS is Open and Free, Linux programs do not have to be either Open, or Free. Take Opera for example. It is a free web browser that is closed source. VMWare is both closed source and not free. There is no reason why somebody could not make a CAD program for Linux that was closed source and charge money for it. The GPL that linux is released under does have restrictions on what can be done as far as modification. The major catch being any modification made to GPL code must be made availible if a program is distributed using the new code. There are many other restrictions as well.

I am unaware of any CAD programs that run under linux but I know companies have started using Linux as a replacement for IRIX workstations to do graphics so I am sure something exsists out there that will do CAD under linux.
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Old 02-08-2002, 07:36 PM   #4
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Re: Solving problems with Linux

Originally posted by jamaso
Sorry about the numerous postings !

PS does anyone know any good linux CAD ?
try a search on freshmeat -

or opencollector -
or gEDA -

not a CAD programmer so I don't know what works best.


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