It took a little longer than originally planned, but DraftSight for Linux is now in beta release for the general public! Of course, DraftSight is a no-cost 2D CAD product by Dassault Systemes for CAD professionals, students and educators (download at DraftSight.com) that allows them to create, edit and view DWG files.
The Linux version of DraftSight was openly talked about by Dassault Systemes as early as August 2010. The original statements at that time suggested that a beta release would be happening in the Fall of that year. That didn’t happen, but the Linux version is finally available. This is a major move that allows Dassault Systemes to position itself very well in the 2D CAD industry with its beta release of a MAC version, and its recent general release of the Windows version. For additional information about DraftSight, please see my previous article. There’s also more Linux specific information now available in this newer article.
Here are some images of DraftSight for Linux (click on image to enlarge):