May I suggest the developers to contact with the WINE crew before the next release of DoubleCAD
- perhaps the way to running DC under wine is not a big deal (well then perhaps not) but I believe it's
worth the effort to at least try and investigate on the subject
keep my fingers crossed for DC (the only app that keeps me bound to Windows)
Double CAD for LINUX that's what WE WANTS my presiousss !!!
From 1995 to 2001 I worked with a company that was the first one to offer a fullfledged 3D CAD system for LINUX. A very small company, and LINUX then was even more of a niche market than it is today.
The main problem that I was always confronted with was that, aside from (even still today to a good extent) not having standard software like Adobe products or Corel programs, scanline renderers that needed to be fed with text code, people were already used to working with Windows (then 95).
So, architect colleagues (we are talking about professionals here that need to make a living and are prepared to pay for the tools that ensure their income) don´t want to invest into a complete change of platforms, i.e. from Windows to something completely new.
So, it would not only mean having to learn a new software, but also having to change from the OS most people know to something similar, but still new.
Then you have to think about the motivation for working with LINUX. Is it stability? Usability? Or maybe something else?
I personally have made my peace with Windows. After spending countless hours only maintaining my LINUX OS ( and I was very resilient when it came to OSes, like trying to install IBM OS/2 with 20 3,5inch disks about 20 times because it always stopped at disc 18) I came to the conclusion that it was time for a change. With Windows XP being the first MS OS that was majorly stable and reliable, I was still dualbooting between Linux and Windows. But when my software took a dive and it became too costly to maintain, I had to make a decision. And I decided to completely go back to Windows, since the CAD software was the ONLY reason I was using Linux. With two dozen necessary programs under windows and only one software under Linux, it was a natural decision.
So, in conclusion, I don´t think that it makes sense for a development house to invest into the development of a dedicated LINUX version. WINE support: yes, dedicated, no.
I think the same goes for MAC, since the market is already so filled up with a lot of software that it hardly would make sense to open up another development branch.
Maybe someday we will see something like a real unified code, but I guess that day is still a few years away, unfortunately.
Sorry for the rant