We are nearing the announcement for the 0.18 release, binaries are still missing but on the way.
I would like to propose a change on the Download
page. In my opinion, we put too much emphasis on the AppImage; it is not the only way to install FreeCAD on Linux, FC 0.18 is already available on the Snapcraft store (thus the Ubuntu store) and on Flatpak, not to mention that Ubuntu users aren't even aware that a PPA exists. The Notes below mentions other methods, but they are off screen by default, the visitor has to scroll down, but who will do it with no clear indicator about it?
I would like to see something like this:
The "Other options" text (alternate wording proposals welcome) would be a link to either the Notes for GNU/Linux users
header lower down the page, or a link to the Install on Unix
wiki page. Of course, colour and shape of the text to be improved.
If we go with an internal link, here's my proposal for changing the header and text; I moved the text about install from official repos to the end, since this is usually the least desirable option due to an outdated package.
Installing on GNU/Linux
The AppImage above will work on most recent Linux distributions, mark it as executable and launch it without installation. FreeCAD is also available from our own PPA repository
for Ubuntu, as a snap package in the Ubuntu App store, as well as on Flathub
. FreeCAD can also be installed from most Linux distributions official repositories, but the version they provide might be quite dated and be missing many features.