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Solidworks and many others were developed under Windows using all of Microsofts'
best portability reduction enhancements. These companies believe that they
would have to throw everything out and start over to create non-Windows versions.
Because of this, they are at least as locked in to Microsoft as their customers
are. They are scared of Linux, but they try to brush it off as a "fad." One
smaller vendor said that they would wait for one of the 'big boys' to move
Even companies that started on Unix dropped the platform completely years ago and (claim to) have no feasible way to resurrect that branch of code for Linux. Thinking that the BSD core of OS X might lure some development back into the *nix direction, I asked about it specifically. Gibbs had a Mac version, but it was dropped two or three years ago and they have no plans to develop for OS X. In fact, the OS X situation is no better than Linux in this area. If you want CAD/CAM software, it's still Windows or nothing. It's as simple as that.
This year, however, marked an important first. One CAD/CAM software representative did not say "No." He said, "If I asked the developers how long it would take to have a Linux version ready, they would say two months." It seems that these developers have been doing all their work under Linux for some time, and the Windows version is essentially a port. The only thing they are waiting for is demand. He told me that I wasn't the only person who had asked him about a Linux version at the show. If you've been waiting for a commercial 3D CAD/CAM package to become available for Linux, don't miss this opportunity to help prod Weber Systems into being the first to market. They are a relatively small company, so it wouldn't take many potential sales to get them going in the right direction fast.