Downloading flatpaks is the only thing needed. They are self-contained binaries, a little like portable apps on Windows. You should be able to find the FreeCAD app from whatever app launcher you're using (I'm using mostly standard GNOME, I get the FreeCAD flatpak in the Applications screen). As for launching from terminal, sorry, I'm more of a GUI guy myself.Totally_Lost wrote: ↑Tue Apr 30, 2019 7:02 amPushing the "Flathub reprository file" button does the download into the Downloads directory, as does the FreeCAD link, bet without any guidance on how to actually install them. The Flathub page should provide the info, as it assume the user already knows how. Frankly it's not obvious where to even look.
I mentioned the flatpak because it's a Fedora project. The FreeCAD project proposes an AppImage (which I also linked) which is even more straightforward: download, make it executable, launch.
It's a trade-off, you get stability but more ancient apps. With mature programs it's fine, but with FreeCAD which makes great strides every release you get left in the dust - because the system's repositories has ancient versions of libraries, FreeCAD becomes near impossible to package. 0.16 is really, really ancient (2016).Totally_Lost wrote: ↑Tue Apr 30, 2019 8:30 pmAt least with CentOS 7, I have quite a few years before I'm forced to upgrade to the next release, and can still get security updates, and functional fixes, without having a huge number of UI's and API's break scripts and other programs. There are a few things I gave up switching from Fedora, but very few, and none worth the pain of Fedora failed updates and API changes.