2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 22, 2016 3:07 AM by Dave Laban

    SolidWorks on LINUX??  (w/o Windows emulator)

    Chris Clouser

      SolidWorks is taking some heat for the stability in 2016.


      No doubt, there are issues having to do with Windows itself.


      So, has SolidWorks ever discussed a LINUX version?  Not being a programmer myself, would that not create a more stable, reliable user experience??


      Years and years ago, a buddy of mine was running SW on a LINUX computer with a windows emulator.  He said it was way faster than just Windows, but how about eliminate the middle man?


      How about if somebody from SolidWorks from the coding side of things came on here during their lunch break and give us a little 411 on this topic?  I've always had this question in the back of my mind.


      I'm not a LINUX guy, but if it improved performance and stability, I could see a dedicate CAD station with a LINUX/SolidWorks install in my future.

        • Re: SolidWorks on LINUX??  (w/o Windows emulator)
          Chris Clouser

          Is no one interested in a more stable SolidWorks experience??

            • Re: SolidWorks on LINUX??  (w/o Windows emulator)
              Dave Laban

              I suspect we'd all be more interested in a more stable SolidWorks experience, just on Windows.  If they're going to re-write that much code to remove Windows-dependency they might as well re-write the Windows version and get that as stable as it could be (ZTG and all!).


              Among other issues would be "which Linux?"  I suspect there'd be more fiddling necessary to get it working smoothly / stably on Ubuntu / Red Hat / Mint / whatever.  Then support becomes a nightmare because every reseller needs to know the ins and outs of every Linux variant.  Unless you only support specific instances/versions, which will inevitably be the "wrong" version for many people.


              I'd imagine an OSX version would be more likely - fewer OS variants, fewer hardware variants, and fewer people in the forums asking about running SW in Parallels / Bootcamp, heh.