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Date:Sun, 4 Sep 2016 17:06:07 +0200 (CEST)
Subject:[pcb-rnd] announcement: rebranding & new page
Sent this to the geda-user mailing list too, but DJ's server seems to be 
offline (maybe the bad weather?)
Dear fellow gEDA users,
pcb-rnd went a long way since I made the initial fork. Many aspects of the 
project have changed:
- major new features added (e.g. language-neutral parametric footprints, 
embedded scripting)
- major infrastructural elements rewritten (e.g. the new conf system, the new 
footprint system, the new plugin system)
- from a one-man show it is becoming a community effort with active users, 
testers and contributors; with active IRC channel, mailing list and a lot of 
traffic on both.
- from a developer-offer driven process we switched to an user-pull system: 
features and ideas are judged by how many active users request them
- with the more modular code structure we are free to incorporate 
strange/controversial features in optional plugins, without having to worry 
about interfering with users' needs
- about 1/3 of all codebase new or changed compared to the original forked 
material (and the rate is constantly increasing)
All in all, the project is much less of just a "fork of mainline pcb" - it has 
became more of an independent pcb editor that happens to share some code and 
history with geda/pcb. Our plans for the future is pushing the project even 
stronger in this direction.
This change in the image of the project should be reflected on the project page 
as well, so I decided to replace the old "what's different compared to 
mainline" page with a new, "what is pcb-rnd" page:
If you think something important is missing from that page, please let me know.
Thanks to everyone who contributed in any way!
Best regards,

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