Autodesk Simulation 360 came out around the same time as Autodesk Simulation Solvers for Linux.
I don't think Autodesk 360 running on bare metal.
Yeah, sure. And when valid cost-benefit-analysis is proven, Autodesk will develop Linux version over night, without bugs etc?
When Linux market grows (and that will happen) Autodesk will already be late because Linux users will get used to some other developed CAD product like Draftsight (which currently is not Autodesk competitor but it will be).
BTW Autodesk 360 is darn slow. At least with the 8Mbps internet.
You are dealing with two entirely separate markets. You cannot compare Mac users to Linux users. Peope use Mac because its shiny, popular and expensive. Peope that use Linux do so because it is not only Free and incredibly powerful, the only downside is that there isn't enough commercial manufacturers that are convinced that it is staying around. The only thing keeping Linux from being a mainstream operating system is commercial manufacturers refusing to port their software.
As an engineer who solely uses linux on his home system I cannot even begin to express my frustration that there aren't any commmercial CAD manufacturers porting their software to linux.
Before the idea is blatently shot down, think about what kind of advantage a piece of software would have if it were the first of it's type, ported to linux.
As an engineer and project manager with a history of doing proof of concept and startup technology development, when putting together a proposed budget, I have to look at the cost of integration as well as the cost of software from different vendors. Because of security concerns and product costs over long term, many are moving away from Microsoft toward Linux. (It is as if Microsoft is deliberately pricing themselves out of the market.) When I look at the preferred physical process modeling software, I find that it supports Linux. When I look at the perferred CAD software, I find that not only is it costly, but it does not support Linux. In looking at budget proposals, I am now looking at good Linux alternatives that will integrate with the perferred physical modeling software. This is a budget proposal for the third quarter of this year. How many years will it take to migrate the graphics modeling fo AutoCAD to a Linux platform through OpenGL? How many budget proposals will AutoCAD miss out on because of the time it will take to port to Linux support? How much of an expanding market will AutoCAD NOT be a player in? How much of a shrinking market will AutoCAD have to survive through as there becomes more and more of a back lash against Microsoft marketing and development policies? The bell is already tolling.
Autodesk is a for-profit organization; a publicly traded company geared to making money for shareholders. So are all the other giant software companies.
AFAIK they do not ignore financial opportunities where possible. No company ever said "we make enough money, let's stop now and skip making more" LOL
So if they are not in your space there is probably a financial reason why. They obviously aren't afraid to rewrite apps for new platforms (AutoCAD for MAC and autocad360 web-only platform plus all the mobile apps for the two major mobile OSs).
There are decent CAD choices for your platform: move there as needed. If and when these major companies decide LINUX is a viable revenue stream for them (not you) I'm sure they all will jump right in.
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