Windows apps on Linux
There are 3 programs to run "Windows programs" on linux Crossover Office, Wine, and Cedega.
Crossover is for business applications like Adobe Photoshop & MS Office.
Cedega is geared twards gaming.
Wine handles everything else and is free...
Sometimes one of those 3 may work better than the one that specializes in a particular application set, it's more about trial and error.
Each one of those apps has a "Supported Applications" list and last I checked AUTODESK anything was not on them. I own ACAD r10, 11, 13, 2005 & Architectural Desktop... NONE of them fly on Linux.
There are tricks that can be used such as loading the native program DLL's but I never got that deep into it, I just dual boot. I have one 30GB partition for WinXP, Visual Studio 2008, AutoCAD, 3DS, and MAYA and a 60GB partition for Linux. When I need to use AutoCAD I boot into XP. The beauty part here is the XP partition NEVER has to see the internet. When I need to uplodad a file to a client, I boot into linux and access the XP partition.
There are Linux CAD packages out there and they import .DXF files rather well and for the most part are like "old" autocad as far as the interface and commands goes.
Tux cause he's the ONLY person I trust.