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Decision taken


On 09/02/2011 07:22 AM, Javier Serrano wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I thought I'd let you know before publishing it, to get your reaction:
> we just met in my section and decided we are going to give a serious try
> to Kicad. 
> What this means is:
> - We will now start working on work package descriptions to take Kicad
> to a state of features compatible with
> http://www.ohwr.org/projects/ohr-meta/wiki/Foss-pcb.
> - We will try to use CERN-compliant mechanisms to inject some resources
> from our side on development tasks.
> - We will advertise the WP list in forums to get extra help.
> This might well result on extra burden on the Kicad management level:
> more open WPs, more patches to approve/reject, more traffic in the
> mailing list... so I'd like to know if you think Kicad is ready for
> this, and also any suggestion you may have about how to proceed with the
> points listed above. I am very excited about this and looking forward to
> working with you.
> Cheers,
> Javier

This decision is a direct result of all the hard work people are doing in this project
(and some selling).  I am proud to be part of your team.

The folks at CERN are what I call "first dominoes".  More will come, if CERN does not stub
their toes.

I am traveling next week to speak at this conference:


I will finally get a chance to meet Jean-Pierre face to face and have a beer together.

The gEDA project will not take this lying down.  I suggest we give serious attention soon
to writing conversion programs from all of their formats.  It's weird having to think
about competing here.  But I have been playing this game in the software private sector
for 30 years, and know that being able to provide a conversion path for datafiles from the
competing tool into yours is critical to gaining market share.

These conversion tools could be external, and written in a language of your choice. 
Opportunities abound to become a respected contributor here.

Thanks to all again,


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