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KiCad Snapshot version with enabled GTK+3 and wxPython4.0 scripting in Debian experimental (was Re: 5.1 stable release)


Hello Wayne,

Am 11.01.19 um 21:08 schrieb Wayne Stambaugh:
> I doubt we will default to gtk3+/Phoenix anytime soon but I do think it
> would be a good idea to create a build using this configuration so we
> can get wider testing.  I'm guessing that for the most part, it's only
> devs using this configuration which severely limits the amount of
> testing we have.  Whether or not it would be a good idea to make this
> the default configuration for Debian Buster and later is a another
> thing.  I don't think we have enough good testing information at this
> point to make and educated decision.  I'm opposed to it but my fear is
> if things go sideways, we wont have the manpower to react in a manner
> that wont alienate users.

I'm a bit supersized that there is no plan to configure the current
KiCad development version at least with GTK+3 backend as default given
the original plan to eventually have a RC ready before or around Fosdem
and 5.1 should support GTK+3 fully.

I'm not sure this will scale well to find possible outstanding GTK+3
issues while about 95% of the users are pulling from
http://downloads.kicad-pcb.org or from an PPA. As no one has raised the
hand to your last email I must assume all these resources are currently
build with the default build options which is using GTK+2, but maybe I'm
wrong here.

So anyway, I've done some work based on my plannings and created some
branches for doing a Debian packaging of KiCad snapshots from the master
branch with GTK+3 and wxPython4.0 enabled scripting support for Debian

As Debian has started his freeze for Debian 10 (Buster) right on the
last weekend I won't do any uploads of KiCad snapshot versions to Debian
unstable currently and will use experimental instead.

I uploaded a version 5.1~20190114.a0a4e5e+dfsg1-1 some time ago and the
build machine are working on this. Depending on available time slots I
will upload newer versions maybe about every 2-4 weeks.

The current build config can be seen in the git tree on Salsa within the
file debian/rules in the variable DEB_KICAD_CMAKE_OPTS.


I appreciate any suggestions to improve this config!

I've installed kicad with this config and so far it looks really
promising, no problems or issues so far. But I'm not a heavy user and
I'm using no NVidia or Radeon graphic card.

So testers (which are using Debian testing or unstable) are welcome!
I've no plans to do backporting this to stable (Stretch) as this is
mostly impossible due missing GTK+3 related packages.

Note, you need to enable the experimental repo in your sources to be
able to pull the kicad packages. Or you install them manually if you
know what you are doing.

https://packages.debian.org/source/experimental/kicad (It will take some
time to see anything on this link!)

Carsten Schoenert

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