What Version Do I Have Here?

I moved to KiCAD Linux version recently from Win10. I’m confused as to which version I actually have on my machine. I added the following PPA’s to my updates.

**http://ppa.launchpad.net/js-reynaud/kicad-4/ubuntu xenial InRelease **
http://ppa.launchpad.net/js-reynaud/ppa-kicad/ubuntu xenial InRelease

When I look at the version information in the ABOUT menu item I see a version 6.0.0 as below. So what version am I using and updating when using apt-get?

Application: kicad
Version: 6.0.0-rc1-unknown-d4e4359~66~ubuntu16.04.1, release build
wxWidgets 3.0.2
libcurl/7.47.0 OpenSSL/1.0.2g zlib/1.2.8 libidn/1.32 librtmp/2.3
Platform: Linux 4.4.0-127-generic x86_64, 64 bit, Little endian, wxGTK
Build Info:
wxWidgets: 3.0.2 (wchar_t,wx containers,compatible with 2.8) GTK+ 2.24
Boost: 1.58.0
OpenCASCADE Community Edition: 6.8.0
Curl: 7.47.0
Compiler: GCC 5.4.0 with C++ ABI 1009

Build settings:

You are using a “nightly build”. Is it a good idea to use a nightly build version?

https://launchpad.net/~js-reynaud has quite many versions. “5.0 releases” is most probably what you want.

Probably not. However it is interesting to see the progress. I’m between projects now, but will likely use v5 for upcoming work.

Still don’t know what that v6.0.0-rc-1 refers to. Are nightly version of v5 beign labelled as v6.0.0?

They are nightly builds of “KiCad latest”, which is not v5, nor is it really v6.0.0. However, the packaging needs a version number, so it has been tagged “v6.0.0-rc1”. But nightlies are not releases, so the tag is basically meaningless.

For now, “6.0.0-rc1” just means “a nightly build of master”.


As @eelik says, if you need to ask, stick to 5.0 stable release, from here:

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