Well then I would recommend that you apply for a software developer position within Autodesk and move to migrate the engineering to that platform. But expecting something to happen simply because you desire such will not lead you to much satisfaction.
I'm still waiting for a 64-bit Inventor to come out on Nintendo.
And the license manager to come out on an Etch-a-Sketch.
...but neither are likely to happen. And I don't need to be an Autodesk Executive to determine that.
I'll be expecting those too. Thanks for the head's up. Interesting how we can waste so much time on this conversation.
At least we can agree on that. You have to admit though, that's darn funny.
AutoCad does run on linux, it's called Autodesk WS under chrome (linux on the front end works, and I'd put money that it's linux on the back end). Autodesk also runs great on RedHat, in virtual instances of Windows DataCenter 2008 64-bit with 16GB of RAM (if you want to do real work and keep your files).
Historically, Windows gained a monopoly in design offices in the 90s, in no small part, due to the decision by one major software vendor to drop support for Mac and UNIX i.e. Autodesk. Some comments on this thread seem to be a conflation of cause and effect. If Autodesk moves, so will design shops.
The migration of business computing to a Linux or Unix is inevitable. It's as inevitable as it was on super-computers, servers and personal computing (which we now call mobile computing). In business, most serious storage and computation is done almost entirely on Linux. Most employees use their PCs as typewriters and dummy web terminals.
TravisNave's comment about porting Autodesk to toys is ironic, given they way Windows PCs are treated in the IT field: as ephemeral throwaway flash boxes, whose main characteristic is that they are easy for anyone to use. Not to detract from the versatility of Linux, I have configured Edubuntu for 8 year olds.
Autodesk seems to be gaining experience in development for *nix platforms. NextStep, the basis for OS X, was designed specifically for ease of development. Linux is practically synonymous with compiling anything and everything (including VB). My guess is that when they realize the comparative cost of development, the Linux releases will come quickly.
The most problematic part of porting anything to LINUX is the mass of derivates. Most people here cry for stable releases, but how should anyone make a software stable if you don't know which of these derivates (+ different releases) the customer is running. And supporting a software running on thousands of OS (I see the differences between some LINUX-types really as different OS) is for sure not easy. And indeed it would not make it more stable or bettre performing.
Look to some releases back, Autodesk removed OpenGL first, then they removed the direct contact to DirectX and last but not least they removed the abilty for any third-party-display driver like nVidias performance-driver. I'm sure they didn't remove them because it's not possible to run with them, but it's cost-intensive to support all of them, it's less stable and less efficient as you have to take care on multiple gc-interfaces during development, ..... Why should now be a transfer to 1000-LINUXs make anything better?
Back to how I see the future and how I would think if I would be Autodesk:
AutoCAD will run on Windows, on MaxOS, on Android, on LINUX, even on XBox or Nintendo or ... at least on every device beeing able to connect to Internet and having a browser plus some input-devices. WS is just the first step, if you look to a Android installation you'll recognize that the local processing of any data get's less important, but the back-end functionality (running on any server in any cloud) will raise up.
And knowing that the cloud market is growing upthat fast, why should Autodesk now port any Software to any new operating-system. The only needs they have is to get it running as an InternetService, so it runs then on any Internet-client independend on any OS in the future, just one front-end has then to be checked for different browsers, that's it.
- alfred -
Well, that's the approach colnelb was suggesting. Since WS is most surely LinuxBased Web service. If there were a full CAD thingy available on the web, i'd be satisfied. They could even sell a local server implementation. It would be a better solution than current network licenses. You just connect to the local or web server and problem solved. Even a group of people who use it once a week, would be able to share licenses without that much of a cost. It could even make it possible to rent AutoCAD in a day, week, or month basis. Excelent perspective.
Consider Ares from Graebert, or BricsCAD from Bricsys. Both are available for Linux machines, tested and supported on the commoner distros
I will introduce a solutiom.
one of the major benefits of linux is the community. Autodesk can find, develop or do what ever want to make it's microsoft alternatives available. experts may give alternatives of different kinds. and the top CAD graphics company will not find it hard at all. it's just a decision to make and trying to communicate with linux experts.
smoothness, speed and overabundance hardware resources will be the result. I've tried ubuntu since 2007 (it's the best thing I've tried on computer!) and one of the main reasons that I still running windows is Autodesk products and different Engineering Programs like ETABS and prokon. why to put the user in this corner to choose windows or to lose the software. make the move and let microsoft RIP!
Let the user choose FREEDOM !!
Ah! ,somthing else:
About different derivatives you have some solutions:
1) to put the software as source code and let the every distro do the rest. [this may be not good because of payment basis, Autodesk will sell software as I think]
2)to put a realese for majer destros that has graphics like debian, suse and redhat since most distros are based on them.
3) to make the basis the graphics desktop (GNOME, KDE or XFCE)
4) to work directly with X window system so any distro that use graphics is based on X somehow
we realy wait for this move since more than a decade! can it be quick? wish so
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