What Version Do I Have Here?


#1

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
Libraries:
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:
USE_WX_GRAPHICS_CONTEXT=OFF
USE_WX_OVERLAY=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_MODULES=ON
KICAD_SCRIPTING_WXPYTHON=OFF
KICAD_SCRIPTING_ACTION_MENU=ON
BUILD_GITHUB_PLUGIN=ON
KICAD_USE_OCE=ON
KICAD_USE_OCC=OFF
KICAD_SPICE=ON


#2

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


#3

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


#4

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


#5

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


#6

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”.


#7

As @eelik says, if you need to ask, stick to 5.0 stable release, from here:
https://launchpad.net/~js-reynaud/+archive/ubuntu/kicad-5