CADDIT.net is an
active member of the Linux community and promotes CAD on
Currently as of 2009
Linux offers a limited selection of professional industrial CAD
programs. Driven by market competition to make CAD
easier to use, many proprietary CAD programs have
developed dependencies on Microsoft MFC, ODBC, OLE2,
.NET and other proprietary API for their desktop
integrations. When considered with the fundamentally
free nature of Linux, many commercial CAD vendors have
chosen not to invest in native Linux versions.
Here are a few options for
VariCAD: Native semi-parametric 3D
industrial CAD for mechanical part and assembly
powerful for its small footprint, VariCAD has
been available on Linux for years. Advanced
features of VariCAD include sheet-metal form
unbending, AutoCAD DWG and STEP file
import-export, multi-part assembly BOM
output and 3D interference checking.
Download VaiCAD here.
progeCAD on Linux under
Parallels Desktop: Although not a native
application and not officially supported by the
manufacturer, many users have discovered
Parallels Desktop to be a low
cost reliable solution for AutoCAD compatible
drafting and CAD design under Linux. AutoCAD and
AutoCAD LT themselves require much larger memory
footprints, more extensive Windows runtime
dependencies and higher costs than progeCAD, so
some users prefer progeCAD under Parallels.
Otherwise, PythonCAD is
a multi-platform set of scripts built on Python-Gtk.
It is a very basic 2D CAD drawing program for
Linux that reads and writes DXF.
CADDIT Linux and Open Source Pages:
once official port of the Python programming
language to MS-DOS using the DJGPP 32-bit
extender for MS-DOS
- Our old Linux
unofficial support page for Debian Sarge on a LG
LS-50 Laptop PC.
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