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Re: Re[3]: Gnustep + mac + windows?)

From: Richard Frith-Macdonald
Subject: Re: Re[3]: Gnustep + mac + windows?)
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 2002 08:22:03 +0100

On Thursday, September 26, 2002, at 07:57 AM, Saibot wrote:

From: "Manuel Guesdon" <address@hidden>
On Wed, 25 Sep 2002 12:14:22 +0200 Andreas Heppel <address@hidden> wrote:

Another thought is that GNUstep like lots of 'free' projects is based on
people interests. If someone want a feature,
it code it. If he's the only one who want it and don't want to make it,
the feature never come. I think GNustep is like
this: people have different interests and desire and make things to follow
that. Windows people and Mac OS X
ones may choose to be interested and participate to GNUstep development
but why one should do it for them ?

Because not everyone who desires a feature has the ability or time to do it. I've seen quite a lot of people on this list ask about windows or mac os x compatibility. GNustep, like most open source software, is made to be used.
Users of something don't have to be developers of that thing too. If you
were developing a multimedia application and a user asks about a loop
fonctionality, would you complain "why should I do it for him"? You'd either code it or not or someone else would, or not. If you got 100s of requests for that feature, you might consider implementing it although you wouldn't
use it yourself...

Yep ... I agree with both points of view ... sometimes I implement stuff I have no intention of using (though most often when I think there is a chance
I might want to use it in future) ... like a lot of the work porting the
base library to windoze. On the other hand, it's frustrating to see people asking for features but not contributing, or worse, asking for features, which I implement, and then nobody (or hardly anybody) uses. Despite the frustration,
we have to keep trying ... it's one way progress happens.

You don't have to try and make people switch to unix or GNustep. Andreas
said "Windows developers could be interested in GNustep, if they joined it would help". Nobody's saying you have to try and convert them. Just that if GNustep had a windows GUI, more people would join, which would be good for

I think this is true ... but Fred has done the major work of implementing the windows gui to the point where less experienced people ought to be able to
take development forward, now is probably the time for people who want to
develop on windows to have the vision to work on it. It's unreasonable to expect core GNUstep developers who work entirely on GNU/linuxto put a lot of their time into windows development (though I think we've all offered to help
and advise).

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