KiCad Workforce Releases Warning Relating to Area Title

On October nineteenth, [Seth_h] from the KiCad Venture posted on the KiCad boards that the venture’s authentic area identify kicad-pcb.org has been unexpectedly bought to a 3rd occasion, and urged members of the neighborhood to keep away from any hyperlinks to this previous web site.

KiCad has used the area kicad-pcb.org since 2012 because the official supply for data on and downloads of their standard open-source electronics design software program. Sadly, the unique area identify was bought earlier than KiCad was formalized as a company, so it was circuitously beneath their management. This all got here to go when the previous area identify was unexpectedly bought to an unnamed third occasion that was not affiliated with the venture. Presently, the previous area is only a web site coated in advertisements, however the KiCad crew fears that it might be used maliciously sooner or later.

With KiCad’s recognition, 1000’s of tutorials, articles, and venture guides over time have included hyperlinks to the previous KiCad area. A Google search in October 2021 discovered greater than 19,000 situations of the previous area unfold throughout the web. [Seth_h] has known as upon the neighborhood to make each effort potential to replace previous hyperlinks, lowering the prospect that folks stumble throughout the improper web site.

[Editor’s Note: We think we got ’em all, let us know if we missed any.]

Fortunately, Digikey has swooped in to assist save the day. They bought a brand new area, kicad.org, from squatters and donated it to the KiCad Venture. (Replace: Digi-key donated the KiCad.org area again in October of 2020 after noticing fishy squatters going again to a minimum of 2016) [Seth_h] explains in his publish that plenty of safeguards have been put in place to forestall this from occurring sooner or later, together with not having the area identify owned by a single individual, and having all KiCad logos registered to the Linux Basis.

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