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Re: Library License


Element, I actually would like to add a commend on this second last
point (a component database). If we talk about kicad-only component
database, the contribution in making this component database grow will
only come from Kicad people. Instead if such a database had magic
conversion tools that automatically create kicad, eagle, geda, etc.
component parts, contribution would come from way more people.

Additionally, I think it is fundamental for kicad to have some sort of
automatic mechanism to import in the background components from this
database (like wget or similar).


On Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 12:20 AM, Element Green
<jgreen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Just wanted to throw in my 2 cents, from someone who is all *too* familiar
> with these types of discussions.
> * Libraries and modules distributed with Kicad should be public domain for
> maximum flexibility.  I would assume Kicad is meant to be used in a
> commercial environment and I'd hate to have to create all my own libraries
> for things as trivial as power pins.  Enforcing public domain for the
> library/module content distributed with the program, I would think encourage
> more participation from anyone using Kicad in a commercial context (who
> would want to contribute content to a body of work they can't even
> effectively utilize?).
> * An online sharing database of libraries/footprints would be awesome.
>  Licensing in this case could be flexible and definable by the author,
> though I would think public domain should be encouraged.  I also spend a
> large amount of my own time creating footprints and libraries, due to lack
> or difficulty finding quality content.  If there was such a concise easy to
> contribute to database, I would happily contribute to it.
> * User contributed content could be extracted from this online database for
> use in Kicad, provided it is public domain and follows certain guidelines,
> which should be defined for a concise module and library resource.
> This last item is pretty important in order to keep Kicad libraries and
> modules consistent and the most generally usable in situations.  I often end
> up creating my own libraries and footprints because of issues with the ones
> distributed with Kicad.  Some guidelines and organization is needed to
> really make it more useful.
> Again, just some common sense from someone standing on the sidelines of
> Kicad development.
> Best regards,
> Element Green
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