[OH Updates] Degrees of open-ness in EDA (and CAD in general)

Bill Morris bill at iheartengineering.com
Fri Sep 2 18:48:50 PDT 2011

Historically some of the commercial CAD systems were developed in house
by large companies such as Seimens, and Dassault Systems.

I believe that one of the best business models for producing a high
quality open source CAD package will be having a successful OSHW
business that depends on it existing.

Alternatively, I think there are people who are willing to fund
development it is just a question of where to send the checks.

I would be up for selling OSHW stickers and T-Shirts and donating the
proceeds to improving the electrical and mechanical CAD tools. I'm not
sure where to send the money to achieve the best results. It is unclear
if KiCad, gEDA, or OpenSCAD accept donations directly.

The electrical CAD systems at least have a business model for support
creating tested footprints and maintaining part libraries.

On Fri, 2011-09-02 at 20:33 -0400, Andrew Stone wrote:
> Yes, the question is how to make a business out of it.  Often a
> workable business model not bad for a FOSS product as it allows people
> to start spending 100% time on it, pushing the FOSS tool forward.
> In that theme what would you guys think of a license along the lines
> of:
>  This EDA product is EXACTLY the same as the commercial version but if
> you get the free version you agree that EVERYTHING you do in it shall
> be licensed both FOSS and under our commercial license.  In fact what
> you do will automatically be uploaded into our database (either
> anonymously or credited to you, your choice) to produce a part library
> for everyone to use.  This "automatic upload" requirement disappears
> if the company ever goes out of business, and the EDA shall remain
> FOSS.  That is, you have a choice.  If you contribute $ then you can
> do proprietary designs.  If you don't then we ask you to contribute by
> submitting your designs.
> Cheers!
> Andrew
> On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:56 AM, Javier Serrano
> <Javier.Serrano at cern.ch> wrote:
>         On Thu, 2011-09-01 at 10:43 -0500, Drone.v2 wrote:
>         >   If you want [insert FOSS CAD software] to compete with
>         [high-end CAD
>         > software used by global 500s] you need to match and exceed
>         [CAD
>         > producer's] business approach, not just their software.
>         Well said. As usual, the FOSS world --with companies such as
>         Red Hat and
>         others-- shows the way.
>         Javier 
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Bill Morris <bill at iheartengineering.com>
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