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Re: KiCad Services Corporation
Wayne Stambaugh <stambaughw@xxxxxxxxx>
Thu, 19 Sep 2019 09:12:08 -0400
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Best of luck on your new endeavor. This will be a great service for
users who have shied away from KiCad due to the lack of commercial
support. Professional designers cannot use that as an excuse any more.
I think this will be a win for you personally and for the project.
On 9/18/19 4:45 PM, Seth Hillbrand wrote:
> Hi KiCad Folks-
> I wanted to publicly give people a heads up about the formation of the
> KiCad Services Corporation (KiPro), a Kicad-specific support company.
> We started in June with a soft-launch and have found a significant level
> of interest (hooray!). We're now fully operational and looking forward
> to contributing more to KiCad going forward.
> We've had a few questions from people in our community and I'd like to
> openly address them here.
> Q: What does KiPro do?
> A: We provide support contracts for companies that rely on KiCad. These
> are non-public bug reports and support tickets for companies and
> professionals working on proprietary designs or who need guaranteed
> support levels. Companies can get their questions answered and bugs
> fixed without needing to publicly disclose their designs. We also offer
> dedicated feature development.
> Q: Any relation to WIT (the company that employs Wayne Stambaugh)?
> A: Not at this time except that we are both working toward the same goal
> of open-source hardware development models.
> Q: Does KiPro share resources with KiCad?
> A: We do not take donations from KiCad or CERN. We look forward to
> providing funding to support KiCad activities in the future.
> Q: Will KiPro divert resources from the KiCad community?
> A: While some businesses may choose to purchase a KiPro support
> subscription instead of donating through CERN, this is likely to be a
> minority as the KiPro subscriptions and contracts are payment in return
> for services and not donations. Additionally, the KiCad Services
> Corporation is chartered to support the free and open development of
> KiCad, so funds in excess of operating expenses are used to support
> full-time developers, testers and documentation writers. It is our goal
> for the additional KiCad awareness and activity we provide to increase
> the total level of charitable contributions KiCad receives through CERN.
> Q: Does KiPro or its clients direct KiCad development?
> A: No. All bug-fixes and documentation developed by KiPro employees
> will be submitted as patches to the appropriate mailing lists for public
> discussion. Any feature development will be proposed and outlined on
> the kicad-developers list and be agreed to by the lead developer team
> prior to our work. We serve as an intermediary and accelerant to
> businesses looking for specific KiCad features, ensuring that features
> are both inline with long-term KiCad development as well as
> incorporating feedback from the broader community.
> Q: Is this a non-profit (501(c)3) organization?
> A: No. KiCad Services Corporation is a California Corporation with the
> mission to advance the development and uptake of the KiCad software
> package as an open source system.
> Please feel free to raise any additional questions or concerns you might
> have and I'll do my best to address them.
> Seth Hillbrand
> Chief Technologist
> KiCad Services Corporation
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