Linux Cad Packages

Doug Lane douglane at
Fri Nov 21 05:34:34 UTC 2003

It seems that there are alot in development.  QCad looks good but too
small, like you point out.  Varicad is real close.  I looked at Arcad which seems promising.  I downloaded the
trial version and will keep you posted on my impressions. It is
expensive for the full version, which I will pay if I have too.  (If I
were the type who would pirate software I would stick with

Thanks for the help.  Doug

On Thu, 2003-11-20 at 09:11, Dr. Michael J. Chudobiak wrote:
> Varicad seems to be the closest thing to Autocad on Linux. It isn't 
> free, but the cost is reasonable. It handles DWF files natively.
> QCad is GPL software, but it is more lightweight, and reads DXF instead 
> of DWG. It's more of a hobbyist tool.
> Let me know if you find something else...
> - Mike
> Doug Lane wrote:
> > Does anyone know of a Linux based CAD package, preferably open source,
> > good for architectural drawings and that can open .dwg Autocad native
> > drawings?  Maybe something operable with Wine?
> > 
> > I checked out LinuxCad and it isn't quite there.  I also looked at
> > Varicad, which is more suitable for mechanical engineers.
> > 
> > This is the ONLY thing keeping my firm from a total switch to open
> > source, GNU/Linux.
> > 
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