October 19, [Seth_h] of the KiCad project posted on the KiCad forums as the original domain name of the project
kicad-pcb.org was unexpectedly sold to a third party, and urged community members to avoid any link to this old website.
KiCad used the domain
kicad-pcb.org since 2012 as the official source of information and downloads for their popular open source electronics design software. Unfortunately, the original domain name was purchased before KiCad was formalized as an organization, so it was not directly under their control. This all happened when the old domain name was unexpectedly sold to an anonymous third party who was not affiliated with the project. Currently, the old domain is just an ad-covered website, but the KiCad team is concerned that it may be used maliciously in the future.
With the popularity of KiCad, thousands of tutorials, articles, and project guides over the years have included links to the old KiCad domain. A Google search in October 2021 found over 19,000 instances of the old domain spread across the internet. [Seth_h] called on the community to do everything possible to update old links, reducing the risk of people stumbling across the wrong website.
[Editor’s Note: We think we got ’em all, let us know if we missed any.]
Fortunately, Digikey stepped in to help save the day. They bought a new domain,
kicad.org, squatters and donated it to the KiCad project. (Update: Digi-key donated the KiCad.org domain back in October from 2020 after noticing fish squatters dating back to at least 2016) [Seth_h] explains in his message that a number of safeguards have been put in place to prevent this from happening again in the future, including the fact that the domain name does not belong to one person and that all KiCad brands are registered with the Linux Foundation.
There’s a good reason KiCad has become so popular, it’s packed with great features for PCB design. Check out our coverage of some of the new features we’re most interested in in KiCad 6.0 here.