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Re: FSF, LibreCad, FreeCAD


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> From: Wayne Stambaugh <stambaughw@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: kicad-developers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Cc: 
> Sent: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 7:22 AM
> Subject: Re: [Kicad-developers] FSF, LibreCad, FreeCAD
> On 1/29/2013 10:25 AM, Dick Hollenbeck wrote:
>>  http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTI4Mjc
> This is truly a sad statement.  I can only image how frustrated the
> developers of this code must be.  I would like to add DWG support to
> KiCad.  It's something that I need at work.  But given this situation,
> that is probably not going to happen without writing our own DWG
> library.  There is an important lesson here.  Do not assign your open
> source contributions to a third party copyright holder unless your being
> paid well to do so.

Ugh ... creating another DWG lib?  AutoDesk do their best to frustrate other parties and the DWG format is almost 30 years of ad-hoc modifications with no thought put into them (well, it certainly looks that way) so implementation is far from trivial. However, it may be worthwhile looking at the licensing conditions of the OpenDWG consortium. Just keep in mind that even the OpenDWG implementation is always playing catch-up with AutoDesk.

- Cirilo