Due to privacy issues in Win 10 we are moving to Linux and would like to know if Solidworks will ever be ported to Linux.
Odds are it won't be.
Never will be ported.....
Fred,.. the only thing you could consider is running it under a virtual machine (virtualbox, which works pretty good)..
..it's sad,.. I ran Pro/e under Linux.. worked good.. but,.. the conservative mindset of the industry will NOT budge,... pathetic really.
Unfortunately Oracle Virtualbox is not one of the supported VM platfoms for SOLIDWORKS Activation and standalone licenes are blocked from installing, however SNL (network) licenses would be an option, definitely would be worth testing first though to see what the performance is like.. WINE doesn't look like an option for other reasons currently, just doesn't seem to run well according to their application database.
..interesting,.. so, when did a standalone activation get blocked?..
I know we could do it years ago,.. ~2012 and earliery versions, iirc?
Not sure, but SOLIDWORKS formalised their support* policy on Virtualization a year or two ago. SOLIDWORKS Virtualization
My understanding was that an unscrupulous user could effectively get around licensing restrictions with certain virtualization solutions that don't play nice with SOLIDWORKS activation technology.I'm sure it could be supported again but would need some work from the team behind the virtualization solution. Although Virtualbox isn't listed i'm 99% sure it's blocked now. Perhaps someone from SOLIDWORKS can weigh in to confirm i can't find a knowledgebase article to confirm at the moment.
* note that supported means "will install" not "will run well" as noted at the bottom of the page gpu hardware acceleration is required for smooth running for SOLIDWORKS etc.
Other than the virtualisation suggested above by paul, (note my post that you are limited to network licenses currently) are the privacy concerns that big?
There are lots of tools to disable windows 10 "calling home" telemetry etc and Windows 10 enterprise customers can do this also i believe. I appreciate there are other reasons you might like linux but the reality is you are going to have more hassle running SOLIDWORKS this way.
I'm using O&O ShutUp10: download free antispy tool for Windows 10 as i don't like the idea of this either, although its becoming more of a accepted thing as our phones do alot of this unless you are very careful about what data you share with google/ apple.
Thank you very much for posting the link to the anti spy tools. I have not located the enterprise edition for win 10, that might be better. It might require a live internet connection and our internal "secure net" with all the core data and applications has no possible path to the internet because it lacks a physical or wifi connection to the internet. I highly doubt if our core data will ever be connected to the internet again and not sure if Linux would even be the answer, one thing is for certain Win 10 Snoop edition is an issue......
Wouldn't it be easier to change to windows 8.1?
Even that has some privacy concerns microsoft back ported some of their "innovations" from windows 10 to 7 and 8.1, sneaky.
Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches • The Register
Very interesting link Alan, thank you!
SOLIDWORKS Online works on most browsers on most platforms. Works fine on my iPad.
Alin, it works really fine indeed. Thanks
curious,... how does that cloud based system offer Fred or any user privacy and security?
The same way that ALL cloud based stuff does Paul,................
Linux is a bad idea for SOLIDWORKS since it is unsupported and probably will never be supported natively. I've tried virtualbox before and my experience was horrible, bsod, crashing, and useless performance. In addition, if you use any virtualization on linux like Redhat enterprise vm or virtualbox, you cannot even install a standalone license in that environment because it is hard blocked(as of 2015, I have not tested 2016 in those environments, nor will I even attempt to).
If your company is paranoid about the win10 spying, there are simple tools that can solve that problem for you:
Windows 10 Spying: Prevent Windows 10 spying with 6 privacy tools | BGR
Retrieving data ...