Interesting reading found on Dave’s forum, commenting on Altium’s 2021H1 report to their investors.
For anyone interested, it’s EDA/Altium section, " The clown is here to stay".
First time after long-time, steady and double-digit growth, Altium’s sales dropped by 4%.
Among comments, there are many voices against Altium’s move to cloud based business model.
There are also voices that confirm KiCad’s great potential in taking the major role in the hardware industry.
Quote from jmw: “I wonder if they’ve internalized the precipice they are approaching. Altium will go the way of Borland. Nobody (outside of miserable non-competitive niche industries) is paying for compilers today, and in 5-10 years nobody is going to be spending thousands for an ordinary PCB EDA package. KiCAD is on the path to becoming the GCC of the hardware world.”
I think it’s a good moment to say big Thank you to our KiCad developers, for their involvement in making the greatest open EDA package.