- Sat Feb 29, 2020 5:02 am
Flogging a dead horse (IMHO).
I'm sorry to say that I just don't believe it will ever happen.
The ROI (return on investment) for Graphisoft just wouldn't justify it,
What percentage of users do you think are Linux users?
(bear in mind and consider the fact that among ALL computer users, Windows users account for anywhere between 90-94% of users, while Mac users are between 4-7% (this is TOTAL users. Among architects the share might be higher since Macs are more popular among architects and designers and creative types, but PC's are still overwhelming majority). So I'll leave you to figure what percentage of "the rest" are Linux versus Chromebook and Chrome O/S and "other".
The point here being that to port it into a different OS would require on their end to invest the resources to keep it current, to maintain any existing versions, troubleshooting issues and basically keeping a whole division running just to make sure there's a consistent standard among all the OS versions. And then you have to ask whether the number of people purchasing a Linux licence will justify (on their end) the overhead and cost of keeping this port running. My instinct says no.
They barely have a consistency in standard and quality between the Mac and Windows versions, and the Max version with such a (comparatively) smaller user base is justified in part because ArchiCAD started out as a Mac program and there's a sense that the folks at GS HQ in Budapest are huge Mac fanboys.
Effectively it would likely mean that Windows users are subsidizing the Linux ported version (just as they likely also currently are - to a lesser extent - the Mac version). But that's not really where the big issue for them would lie.
They would need to find a fair number of Linux developers and engineers to do all this, and that's not a very wide net of programmers out there from which to pick.
Which in turn probably also means that whichever they are able to get likely will cost them a premium to pay (over what they would be paying the other Windows and Mac-based developers.).
There's a reason why a lot of software firms don't have Linux versions of their programs and it isn't just that there aren't a lot of Linux users of their programs to sell to (even as big of an issue and a problem as that already is).
But I could be wrong and they could find a way to make the numbers work.