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#1 posted 10-20-2018 03:24 AM

I appreciate the FreeCad info. How long has it been since you checked on it. It appears to have lots of support including detailed documentation, tutorials, and user community. I can t speak to how good all of that is.
I must confess, I am torn between using CAD and using paper and pencil. While I like having my stuff on the computer for clarity and future reference, I frequently get impatient and frustrated with the time it takes to just get the computer software learned and working. On some simple projects, I will frequently just work with freehand sketches.

I started using Linux with OpenSuse. I briefly tried a couple of other distros, but stuck with OpenSuse for a while. Dont remember why I switched to PClinuxOS, but I did somewhere along the way and have never looked back except for a brief experiment with Mint. The PCLinuxOS motto is “It just works”. And that is true. I am a user, not an techie. I have learned just enough Linux to operate the system for my purposes and get myself into trouble from time to time. When something goes wrong, I depend largely on the user community to help me out. Much like Windows, the GUI lets me do most everything I need to do. AFAIK, It supports just about any type of media out there. An app called Clementine supports MP3. It is installed form the OS s repository; free of course.

I don t want to hijack this thread. If you like, PM me and we can discuss further.

- bilyo

Thanks for the reply. I don’t want to get too far afield, but my issue with Red Hat/Fedora Core was that you had to go out and find the MP3 player as their philosophy was only to support what was truly open source. I think I’ll have to try out PClinuxOS.

I’ve been looking into the CAD programs for a while, but again, it’s just what I seemed to encounter. FreeCAD does look like a great program, it just seemed like in my searches there was more support for Fusion 360. That could just be the way I went about my searches, and there is nothing to say that I won’t move over to FreeCAD later. I’m just trying out Fusion right now to see how it works out.

I actually do use some quick sketches if I’m not doing anything too intricate, but I’m not very good at drafting. The biggest project I did with a pencil and paper is the built-in desk I use. It’s big and has two pullout shelves, and a drawer, but that’s as complicated as it gets. It’s really just a large bookshelf on top of a few cabinets.

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