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Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, FreeCAD is an open source CAx RAD, developed in OpenCasCade, Qt and Python. Among others, it has support for macro recording, creating workbenches and has the ability to run as a both a server and a dynamically loaded application. The users can import and manage the following CAD models: IGES, STEP and BRep and the following meshes: STL, BMS, AST and Wavefront OBJ formats. The latest version available is FreeCAD 0.14, which is still under development.
In this article I will show you how to install FreeCAD 0.14 on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander, Ubuntu 12.10 Quantal Quetzal, Ubuntu 12.04 Precise Pangolin, Linux Mint 17 Qiana, Linux Mint 16 Petra, Linux Mint 14 Nadia, Linux Mint 13 Maya, Pinguy OS 14.04, Pinguy OS 12.04, Elementary OS 0.3 Isis and Elementary OS 0.2 Luna.
Because it is available via PPA, install FreeCAD on the listed Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Elementary OS and Pinguy OS systems is easy. All you have to do is add the ppa to your system, update the local repository index and install the veusz package. Like this:
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-daily
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install freecad
Optional, to remove freecad, do:
$ sudo apt-get remove freecad
Or, if you want to uninstall freecad, disable the recently added PPA and downgrade all the packages that got updated via the PPA, do:
$ sudo apt-get install ppa-purge
$ sudu ppa-purge ppa:freecad-maintainers/freecad-daily