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LibreCAD (originally QCad then CADuntu) is an open source 2D CAD application for Windows, Apple and Linux. It is based on Qt, which is a leading cross-platform application and UI development framework.
LibreCAD can read DWG files (and others) as of the latest Nightly build. It writes DXF files, but can also export SVG, JPG, PNG, PDF and other files. It has layers, blocks, splines, polylines, ellipse tools, advanced tangent line & circle tools, transformation tools, an advanced snapping system and more. Because LibreCAD focuses on 2D geometry it is fast and lightweight, with an installer of less than 30mb.
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Typically, I'm very forgiving to Open Source Software. The people making this software are doing the world a great service by offering a decent 2D CAD program as an alternative to Draftsight and AutoCAD. I know LibreCAD is nowhere near the level of these two programs, but it does offer a lot of capability for zero cost.
If your goal is to get 2D CAD for no cost, then this is certainly a worthwhile program. I use it at home and at work (since Draftsight ended the free option). I'll admit, there is plenty of room for improvement, but LibreCAD is already quite good. I'm hoping development continues.
Excellent program for figuring out if you are CAD inclined or would rather stick onions in your eyes