Ever wanted to open and edit .DWG files in Linux… I’ve just come across DraftSight:
Free* CAD Software, that has a Linux edition
(*Standalone license. Activation required.)
The only issue I had was that it is 32bit ONLY (at least the .deb version is)… the good news, it CAN be installed in 64bit Ubuntu/Mint and no doubt Debian.
Ubuntu 64bit installation instructions -
Download the DraftSight.deb file from here:
and place it in your home directory.
First you’llneed a few packages installing, so open a terminal and enter:
sudo apt-get install ia32-libs libdirectfb-extra libxcb-render-util0 libaudio2
then cd to your home directory:
then try a forced install:
sudo dpkg -i --force-architecture DraftSight.deb
Now test the application…
In GNOME 2.x it’ll be in the Applications>Graphics menu.
In Unity, search the Applications lens for DraftSight.
If you get errors whils installing, as I did…
Create a temporary directory in you home directory called tempds
move the DraftSight.deb into it:
mv ~/DraftSight.deb ~/tempds/DraftSight.deb
cd into the tempds directory:
and extract the DraftSight.deb contents:
dpkg-deb -x DraftSight.deb ~/tempds && dpkg-deb -e DraftSight.deb ~/tempds/DEBIAN
Now you need to copy the ~/tempds/opt/dassault-systemes directory to /opt :
sudo cp -r ~/tempds/opt/dassault-systemes /opt
and the ~/tempds/var/opt directory to /var :
sudo cp -r ~/tempds/var/opt /var
Now cd onto the ~/tempds/DEBIAN directory:
And run these final 2 commands to finish the install:
That’s it, you’re done… test the application works, if it does you can safely delete the tempds directory.