First things first. Ubuntu needs to be version 9.10 at least. Don't make the mistake I did and grab a copy of 9.04 that just happened to be sitting on my desk.
After upgrading from 9.04 to 9.10, I downloaded a copy of Draftsight from the website. Installation was simple, I just clicked on the package and away it went. A few minutes later Draftsight was installed.
The interface is very similar to the Windows version. Obviously the commands are the same too. I opened up some drawings I created in AutoCAD and IntelliCAD and had no issues with them. So far so good, everything I did just worked.
Now for the bad news.... I tried to print a drawing and had to give up. The print dialogue box seems to be screwed up. I could not select Print to scale, all options bar Fit to paper size were garbled and could not be selected. You can see the problem in the picture below.
I have no idea if it is just a problem for me or whether other users of Draftsight on Ubuntu 9.10 have the same issue. I shall tweet @Draftsight later on tonight about the issue.
So, how does Draftsight fair on Linux? Well the install was a breeze. It is very easy to use (if you have some experience with AutoCAD, IntelliCAD or indeed Draftsight on Windows or OSX). Most of all, it seems very stable. Apart from that print issue, it seems to be a solid beta release and I look forward to using it more.
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