|License||GNU General Public License v3|
GNU LibreDWG is a software library programmed in C to manage DWG computer files, native proprietary format of computer-aided design software AutoCAD. It aims to be a free software replacement for the OpenDWG libraries. The project is managed by the Free Software Foundation (FSF).
The FSF noted in July 2010 as a high priority obtaining an alternative to OpenDWG library in order to access and manipulate data stored in the proprietary format DWG. Currently, this is the most used file format in CAD, becoming a de facto standard, without other alternative extended, forcing many users to use this software in a dominant position on the part of the owner company Autodesk.
The intention of the FSF is to create an alternative to OpenDWG can be used in free software projects, since the latter's license does not allow this type of project. However, LibreDWG has licensing issues of its own: it's being bound to version 3 of the GPL, making it impossible for the LibreCAD and FreeCAD projects to use LibreDWG legally.
GNU LibreDWG is based on the LibDWG library, originally written by Rodrigo Rodrigues da Silva and Felipe Correa da Silva Sanches.
The project has stalled since 2011 for various reasons, including lack of volunteers, license issues and programmer motivation. In September 2013, the original project on which LibreDWG is based, LibDWG, announced that it was reactivating, re-forking its code from LibreDWG.
- John Sullivan (2010). "High Priority Free Software Projects". Retrieved 2010-08-03.
- OpenDWG is developed by reverse engineering by an association of manufacturers of CAD software with the intention of supporting their products.
- Michael Larabel (January 24, 2013). "FSF Wastes Away Another "High Priority" Project". Phoronix.
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- "LibDWG - free access to DWG". Retrieved 3 November 2013.