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Re: Current development status?


On Sat, Mar 20, 2021 at 8:02 AM RigoLigo RLC <rigoligo03@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> I have a few questions about the current KiCad development.
> 1. new features after feature freeze?
> Most significantly, the separate icon set. While everyone is looking
> forward to having this small feature, it's still kinda offending the term
> feature "freeze".

On the issue of the new icon set, we explicitly waited for feature freeze
before starting this work specifically to allow our design team the full
menu list and feature set that needed icons.  I expect future explicit icon
cleanup to follow the same pattern.

> 3. Development iteration...
> Currently KiCad will push big version leaps for all the features
> developers add into it. I know it's got reasons (difficulty of maintaining
> two branches, plugin API consistency) but a big leap requires a LONG wait.
> For OSS users this might not be a big problem but in Chinese community
> there are companies that use KiCad as alternatives.

KiCad is still, primarily, community-driven.  We are working toward
supporting a full-time development team but this requires the business
users of KiCad--who depend on its development for their livelihoods--to
step up and support the development team.  If any companies are interested
in discussing how they can help speed up development times, my phone number
and contact information are listed below.

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Seth Hillbrand
*Lead Developer*
Long Beach, CA
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