30 Jun '14, 2pm

Open Design. It is The Way.

Hmm, I wonder about that. I noticed your comment because I was recently having a discussion on exactly this topic with someone, trying to convince me to use open-source software for designing things. Here’s how I look on it – I think it’s more about the actual idea and execution than the tools required to carry it out. And I’m going to use the best tools for the job, regardless of whether they themselves are open-source or not. For example, I do all my PCB design in Eagle. I’ve had people say I should switch to KiCad, but I really can’t see why. I’ve been using Eagle for over 10 years, I know ever nook and cranny of it, and it works perfectly for my purposes. I don’t see why I _should_ start using KiCad just because it’s open-source. I’m not knocking KiCad, it’s great, but it’s different and would require time to learn. I have lots of scripts which I use in Eagle and they ...

Full article: http://hackaday.com/2014/06/30/why-open-design/

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