I was very happy to note that now Linux has some CAD software which is
comparable to the best in the world or eventually going to be there. I was
doubly happy to know our public sector was making a contribution in this
regard. But my hopes were dashed when i wanted to access the
documentation/download page. Looks to be more hype than real. Commercial
motivation seems to have gripped the govt babus.
This seems to be a software made from open source or GPL softwares in the
area of CAD/ERP where linux is weak (with respect to FREE* by
cost*softwares) . Yet it is not open source or even its documentation
available to the lay public. It promises to work with various closed source
CAD formats most of which are notoriously un-interchangeable.
Can the NIC- national Informatics Centre which is* publicly funded* develop
such a software from Free softwares that may be GPLed? and then deny the
software or even its documentation to the people of India?
Can India ever attain leadership in technology if the govt agencies
themselves deny ACCESS to documentation on usage of such CAD/CAM/CAE
technologies which have themselves been developed from Free softwares.
Unless such cutting edge software is tested/used by an evergrowing number of
people, it will remain buggy and enough human resources will not be able to
adequately train themselves to use such technologies in an increasingly
competitive and superspecialised world.
On one hand NIC says it is trying to promote FOSS and on the other hand
nicsi etc showcase more of propreitary softwares or run of the mill
softwares instead of cutting edge softwares. Nicsi is supposed to be a
distributor of this collabcad.com
Let us not forget that technologies like GRASS etc in terms of GIS
technology was open sourced by the US govt's deptt of defense's Corps of
PS: I am seriously trying to get the documentation/trial download of such
software or know the SIZE of such software to evaluate it.