Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, DraftSight is the best free CAD software for Linux, being quite a good AutoCAD replacement. It allows the users to read and write DWG and DXF files, create pages in PDF format, among other features.
The latest version available is DraftSight 2015 Beta, which is available only for 64 bit systems. Also, it has been ported to Qt 5, comes with some graphical changes, got a new tool for previewing the latest 12 opened files and received an enhanced editing table.
In this article I will show you how to install DraftSight 2015 Beta on 64 bit (amd64) Ubuntu 14.10 Utopic Unicorn, Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr systems and their derivatives: Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Pinguy OS 14.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Freya, Deepin 2014, Peppermint Five, LXLE 14.04, Linux Lite 2.0 and other Ubuntu 14.04 derivative systems.
Because it is not available via PPA, we have to download the draftsight package and install it via command-line. I prefer gdebi over dpkg due to the fact that it also handles dependencies.
Install DraftSight 2015 Beta on 64 bit Ubuntu 14.10, Ubuntu 14.04 and derivative systems:
$ sudo apt-get install gdebi
$ wget www.draftsight.com/download-linux-ubuntu -O draftSight.deb
$ sudo gdebi draftSight.deb
Optional, to remove draftsight, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove draftsight