Re: Freecad is looking for new maintainers
On 05/24/2018 03:07 PM, Anton Gladky wrote:
Great to hear it! Feel free to ping me if you need a review/sponsorship.
AFAIK Leopold has also some interest in this package (in CC), so please
coordinate the efforts with him.
I am a FreeCAD developer and Google Summer of Code 2017 & 2018 student
for FreeCAD. A large portion of my project this year involves improving
the Debian packaging situation for the project. I'm not a DM/DD yet but
I've been working on packaging since last December or so, so I'd like to
contribute to maintaining the package as well.
One important thing to note is that the geometry kernel for FreeCAD,
OpenCASCADE, has been updated. Currently the package is built against
OCE, a community edition fork which is based on OCCT 6.9 from 2015. I
have packaged OCCT 7.2 and it's currently in experimental. A lot of the
improvements in FreeCAD 0.17 depend on this, including the new technical
Also, I should mention that FreeCAD 0.17 is Qt5-ready, but is blocked by
PySide 2 needing to be packaged. It is also Python 3-ready, but only for
Qt4 (until PySide 2 is packaged, that is.) Accordingly, I have been
mostly working on PySide 2 packaging, but I've just learned apparently
that Raphaël Hertzog may also be working on that so I've reached out to
him to try to prevent duplication of work.
P.S. FreeCAD's meshing dependencies, Netgen and Gmsh, also both will
require attention as a result of OCCT 7.2 being available. I have a
Netgen 6.2.1804 package nearing the end stages of preparation, and
updating Gmsh seems to have been straightforward.