[linux-audio-dev] Which sequencer framework for a simple MIDI drum looper ?

David Olofson david at olofson.net
Wed Aug 16 10:30:47 UTC 2006

On Wednesday 16 August 2006 10:32, _ langagemachine wrote:
> On a more general keynote, is it not paradoxical that when a piece
> of software becomes mature enough, it tends to fade out of the
> general attention ?

Are you sure that's actually what happens, in the general case?

A project in development generates a lot of noise for obvious reasons; 
user questions, bug reports, feature sugestions etc. Potential and 
actual users are attracted by this noise, maybe hoping for a much 
better solution than what they've been using before. Lots of 
attention there, but what is the ratio between interested bystanders 
and actual users/testers, actually? :-)

When a project matures, most of that noise goes away. Stuff works as 
intended, documentation is in a usable state and potential users can 
try the software out on their own. Active users focus on the job at 
hand rather than the tools they're using, and if the tools work as 
expected, everyone is happy - and quiet.

So, even if there is generally less noise around mature projects, the 
software can still have a large active user base. If there are no 
problems, users generally won't say much.

Also, considering the number of dependencies the average application 
has these days, only the highest profile libraries, if any, are 
mentioned for marketing reasons. How many applications have badges 
and stuff for every single library or technology they depend on?

One would think that "integration technologies" should always be 
advertised all over the place, so you know whether or not the 
application will work in your setup, but I guess developers in 
general aren't all that much into marketing... :-)

//David Olofson - Programmer, Composer, Open Source Advocate

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