gEDA/PCB and pcb-rnd have a long history tracing back to the early 90s. The project had many developers and contributors, everyone doing a lot to make pcb a great piece of software. Anyone who followed the project knows the names. We remember the volunteers whose accumulated effort kept rolling the project for more than 25 years.
Pcb was born before web became widely adopted. It is relatively easy to find traces of how the history of the project got formed in the new millennia. But it is rather difficult to find details on how pcb looked like or how or why it was developed in the early '90s. Most documents mentioning the early history of pcb will deliver the same short summary about how the project started on an Atari ST and later got ported to X11. But do we really remember any of the details? Can anyone still recall what was a day laying out double sided boards with early PCB was?
This tribute page tries to bring those years of the project more explorable with screenshots, stories, a collection of vintage sources made compilable on modern systems and other relics. This early period of the project is highlighted not because it would be more important than any later period. Developers and contributors of any part of the past 25 years are equally important. This page focuses on the first decade only because it's harder to find information about this phase of the project on the web than about the history after 2003 (thanks to the CVS import).
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(C) 2016, 2017, 2019 Various PCB developers/maintainers and Tibor 'Igor2' Palinkas; see copying for more details.