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Date: Fri, 18 Jan 2013 09:40:39 +0300
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Subject: Re: [geda-user] geda-skeleton-project: Lowering the cost of a
starting a gEDA project
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2013/1/17 John Doty <jpd AT noqsi DOT com>:
...
> I would make this statement even stronger: there are people who
> are very passionate about pcb, finding it the best thing around.
> It's a lot like all the silly programming language wars. Use
> what fits your way of thinking, but don't force it on others, or
> mislead them into believing they don't have choices.

gEDA is GPL EDA.
If you want, you can use any proprietary tool but the goal of the
gEDA project is to build a GPL'ed EDA toolset.
gEDA project has been started on Linux and I like Linux and don't
want to buy any other OS in order to lay out PCBs.
pcb is probably (one of) the best tool(s) from all the GPL'ed
tools which we have now and which can be used on Linux.

After all that, could your propose another GPL'ed pcb layout
alternative for the gEDA project which can work at least on Linux
systems?
...
>> Out of curiosity, what is your preferred layout tool?
>
> I don't do layout. My customers have layout people or
> contractors. But, if I had to, I think I'd choose Osmond PCB.
> That's what the MIT CCD lab uses, and they seem to have the
> quickest turnaround and fewest problems. My only experience with
> it has been to write a gnetlist back end, but that made me
> appreciate how simple and well documented its netlist format is.
> Clean file formats are always a good sign, I think.

As for your preferences, please describe your or your friends'
workflow wrt pcb layout in the gEDA wiki and all users would be
aware of and thankful to you for that. (I believe, it should
spend much less time on this than writing posts for this
discussion :)

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