Microstation 95 for Linux

Microstation survived the “Can I Break It” test and gets four and a half stars for its performance.
Company Profile

Bentley Systems, Inc. was founded in 1984 by Keith and Barry Bentley. It is a privately held corporation with over 400 employees headquartered in Exton Pennsylvania, Hoofddorp, The Netherlands and South Melbourne, Australia. They maintain a web site at http://www.bentley.com/. Phil Chouinard, Product Manager, Foundation Products, can be reached by phone at 610-458-5000 or e-mail at phil.chouinard@bentley.com.

Installed Base

The review kit states that there are over 200,000 users of Microstation 95 in over 15,000 companies and organizations around the world. They include Boeing, AT&T, American Airlines, Westinghouse Electric Corporation, U.S. Department of Commerce, Union Carbide C & P Company plus numerous other commercial users and government agencies.


The review was performed on an AMD 5x86-P75 133MHz machine with 20MB RAM, running Linux 2.0.0. Display was handled by a Number 9 Vision 330 1MB video card.

Bentley Systems, Inc. also offers Microstation 95 for DOS, Windows 3.1x, Windows 95, Windows NT, OS/2 Warp and PowerPC or Dec Alpha AXP PCs running Windows NT. Microstation 95 will run on 80386 (with a math coprocessor), 80486, Pentium, DEC Alpha and PowerPC processors, with a minimum of 8MB RAM for the DOS package and 24MB minimum RAM for DEC Alpha or PowerPC.

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Bradley J. Willson (bc115@scn.org) currently designs and troubleshoots tooling for the Boeing 777 program and fills the chair of chief cook and bottle washer for Willson Consulting Services. His friends understand and forgive his addiction to computer technology, while others wonder how he can stand the countless hours he spends staring at screens. According to Bradley, the secret is attitude—and maybe a mild case of radiation sickness.