CAD Schroer says its free MEDUSA4 Personal 2D/3D CAD software was downloaded 2x as often in Q1 as a year ago.
More interesting to managing director Michael Schroer is how popular the Linux version is proving with downloaders in some of the 109 countries:
- Italy -- 75% choose Linux.
- Average -- 35% choose Linux
- Germany -- 13% choose Linux.
CentOS, Fedora, Mandriva, RedHat, SuSE, and Ubuntu users get smart editing, basic 3D, parametrics, and a sheet metal design module. To download, you have to register and then provide the Physical Address of your computer's ethernet adapter. Following installation, the software runs for six months, after which the license must be renewed, for free.
The company did not provide download numbers.
The apparent enthusiasm for Linux-based Medusa CAD matches comments by Deelip Menezes about the native Linux-based Bricscad due out later this year: "[Bricsys] are excited as h**l about it. It is going to cause a stir and they know it."