Looking back on 2021, we at the KiCad Project feel a deep sense of gratitude. What could have been a lost year to the global pandemic and its associated effects (hello, supply chain!) has instead been a year of great progress at KiCad. This is in large measure due to our supportive and engaged community of users.
We were not able to gather in person again this year. But despite this, we’ve been able to have a number of thoughtful, inspiring conversations online, beginning with the 2021 FOSDEM conference. We met a number of additional community members at the 2021 online OSHW summit.
In each interaction, we hear the same request: "Please release the next KiCad sooner!"
This year, we are doing just that. KiCad version 6 will be released this month. And moving forward, each KiCad version will be on a single-year development cycle.
This change will be difficult but we are committed to making it work. In order for this development schedule to be a success, we will need to hire full-time staff programmers. Your support during this fund drive forms the backbone of funding that KiCad needs to make this transition successful. Please consider making a monthly contribution and drive our ability to improve KiCad faster than ever before.
The original KiCad domain name (kicad-pcb.org) was recently sold to an unnamed third party that is not affiliated with the KiCad Project or members of the KiCad Development Team. This sale was unexpected and may pose a risk to KiCad users. The new owners may simply post advertisements or (worst-case scenario) they may host malicious versions of the KiCad software for download. How did this happen? The domain name was originally registered in 2012 by the then project lead Dick Hollenbeck.
The KiCad project is excited to announce that AISLER B.V. has become our first platinum sponsor. AISLER has been making monthly donations for many years by sharing a percentage of all orders designed with KiCad as well as allowing their customers to make direct donations to KiCad. Their last twelve monthly donations have exceeded the $15,000 minimum required to become a platinum donor. The KiCad project would like to thank AISLER and their customers who use KiCad to design their boards for their support of the KiCad project.