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Re: lynx-dev Lynx On VxWorks (fwd)

From: Philip Webb
Subject: Re: lynx-dev Lynx On VxWorks (fwd)
Date: Mon, 31 Jan 2000 10:31:24 -0500

000131 Yusuf Motiwala wrote to Thomas Dickey:
> We are looking for stripdown version of Lynx
> which has basic browser functionalities like browsing, form etc.
> We are not looking for bookmarks, cache, SMTP, NNTP, SSL etc.

why? -- you can easily compile Lynx 2-8-2 to omit news & SSL, at least.

> Is there any older version available which is closer to our requirements?

lynx-dev does not support older versions of Lynx:
the latest release & development versions continue older features,
while adding many improvements & extensions,
& the volunteers don't have time for anything beyond that.

moreover, i would argue lynx-dev should not encourage people
to distribute out-of-date versions,
which can only cause confusion & problems for innocent users.

> Can you point us to the site from where we can get earlier stable releases.

i hope not ...

> can you please point us to some consultant who can do this job for us
> and who has worked extensively on Lynx/VxWorks.
> We can pay the resonable consulting/porting charges.

i would argue strongly that lynx-dev should not get involved
in any activities involving money, which can only end up poisoning
the long-standing co-operative spirit of Lynx development.
acting as a notice-board for consulting services is such an activity.

besides his English, Mr Motiwala should also improve his knowledge
of international volunteer etiquette as it applies to the difference
between open-source software development & commercial enterprise.

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