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[Chicken-hackers] Re: [Chicken-users] eliminate the Chicken Windows bina
Brandon J. Van Every
[Chicken-hackers] Re: [Chicken-users] eliminate the Chicken Windows binary distribution?
Tue, 07 Nov 2006 23:48:41 -0800
Thunderbird 188.8.131.52 (Windows/20060909)
John Cowan wrote:
As I laid it out on chicken-hackers, there are four groups of potential
1) Those who will only install binary packages.
2) Those who will install source with the
3) Those who will install source even if they have to adjust the makefile
or even the source code a bit. (This is me.)
4) Those who will install source even if there is no makefile.
The question is, how many of these groups are we willing to cut off?
I suspect that the answer is different on Windows than on Unix.
We already handle 2) 3) and 4) exceedingly well. They aren't under
discussion. Only 1) is.
Of 1), there are 3 subcategories:
1a) people who notice that only C:\Program Files\Chicken can be used,
and who don't mind
1b) people who notice that only C:\Program Files\Chicken can be used,
and who take grave exception
1c) people who don't notice anything is amiss, because they have a C:\
drive and don't tend to customize anything
I'm a 1b) myself. If I saw a binary requiring this, I'd conclude that
it's junk. I wouldn't evaluate it any further, I'd move on to the next
boutique programming language. My impulse isn't to play with stuff and
work around the kinks so I can "have some fun." My impulse is to find
production tools that actually work and are well supported. Red flags
about support, cause me to dismiss projects.
Requiring a source build wouldn't cause me to dismiss a project, because
I'm a DIY open source developer. I presume that's the demographic
Chicken is actually capable of reaching. I don't think it's ready to
address any other demographic yet.
Brandon Van Every
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