[LAD] Releasing source code is not enough, I think...

Filipe Coelho falktx at gmail.com
Tue Jan 21 15:40:23 UTC 2014

On 01/21/2014 07:50 AM, Nils Gey wrote:
> On Tue, 21 Jan 2014 05:55:04 +0000
> Filipe Coelho <falktx at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Hi there everyone, specially developers.
>> I think we should stop assuming releasing source code is enough.
>> [GNU/] Linux is getting more user friendly, and most users are not able
>> to compile software,
> I agree. But where, from your standpoint, is the package manager?

I don't expect package maintainers to get a fresh new software into 
their distro right away.
Even when they do it's most likely to the next / unstable / testing 
repository. Most of the time users have to wait until the package is 
backported, if that ever happens.

That takes away to "freshness" of the software (and the excitement to 
try it out).
When users are unable to use your software, they will eventually forget 
about it.

> What I would like to see is a change of culture, more tailored to the users who like experimenting and trying new things out:
> In Windows I like that it is customary to offer all-in-one binaries, even if you only release a super-early techdemo in a forum.
> For me that means: Especially for some super-early tech demos in forums. Instead of an undocumented github page where I have to read the code first to figure out the dependencies.

Heh, even for some github repos some developers know that if they want 
any usage on win or osx they have to release a testing binary.
Most Linux (audio) users used to be developers as well, I don't believe 
that's the case anymore.

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