[Luis Matos] > CATIA has unix versions ... i don't really know if they will ever > have linux versions. I'd be pretty surprised if they ever did. The CATIA 4 architecture would have fit Linux very well, if Dassault had seen a market for it back then (it was based on Motif, OpenGL and a huge Fortran/C API available for extensions - yes, F77, including those 6-char function names), but CATIA 5 is all about VB scripting, data interchange with Excel, stuff like that. The Unix port runs on a Windows emulation toolkit of some sort, and truly is a second-class port - last I tried it, at least, it felt very Windowsy and very slow. Even assuming the toolkit is available for Linux, I can't see anyone getting excited about deploying CATIA that way. I had the distinct impression that Dassault would like for interest in the Unix port to dwindle away so they wouldn't have to bother.
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