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Re: Library License


Totally agree with your point:

> 2) 9 times out of 10, when I have to use a symbol, I have to make my own.

Even if I use a module from the library, I have to check it. It's
better to find out in pcbnew if a footprint doesn't match rather than
after etching and drilling a hundred holes. Just the other day I found
that the TO220 module and the schematic didn't match, the Vin and GND
pin numbers were swapped.

This is off topic, but the only way I can imagine having a reliable
library is an online server where users could up/download schematics
and modules directly from kicad and others could leave feedback about
the accuracy.


On Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM, Dick Hollenbeck <dick@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On 03/22/2012 10:06 AM, Fabrizio Tappero wrote:
>> Hello,
>> if we look at what the GEDA guys do/did, I seem to understand that
>> they licensed everything (software and libraries) under GNU GPL:
>> https://github.com/bert/gschem-symbols
>> Word-processor templates for open-source word processors are
>> open-source tools like LibreOffice could be distributed under GPL
>> without your final word-processor document having to be open source.
>> Library components for an EDA software tool can represent (and often
>> are) a great value and lots of work is often behind it. Such value
>> makes it is worth protecting the libs with a proper license.
>> I think we should continue this discussion without getting too excited.
> I agree.
>> cheers
>> fabrizio
> Let me simply point out that:
> 1) in 5 years, even with its own repo, its own mailing list, and its own team, I am not
> aware of any significant impact on the KiCad libraries from contributors.
> 2) 9 times out of 10, when I have to use a symbol, I have to make my own.
> Anything is better than this, including:
> a) deleting the KiCad library altogether from our project, thusly forming a need that can
> be fulfilled by a business or team according to its own charter, maybe a subscription
> service.  I spend half my time in KiCad developing parts and footprint, at least.  This is
> money.  Because when I am not doing it, I'm paying somebody else to do it.
> b) farting in the wind.
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