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Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player

From: Johannes Schindelin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] VMware Player
Date: Thu, 15 Jun 2006 22:55:03 +0200 (CEST)


On Thu, 15 Jun 2006, Joe Lee wrote:

> > 
> > You're right! However, as Julian pointed out: it is less than fascinating to
> > work on a GUI, _especially_ if it is for the masses who tend to criticize
> > without contributing*Footnote 1*.
> I am not sure I agree if that thought. It really depends on the mission or
> goal of the project. In the case for QEMU, I am not sure what its goal/mission
> is. Is the project just to scratch an itch to server a few people who needs
> it? Is it to fill a void over what exist in commercial software? Or, is the
> intent to develop something FREE and then offer some support service around
> the product?

As far as I know: Fabrice started the project because he had this idea 
that translation should be faster than interpreting, and not much more 

He proved his point. And many people actually use QEmu, which is all the 

> As far as users criticizing, that always going to be the case in Open 
> Source - Show me a project where users don't criticize.

Yes. And developers will always complain about those who profit and don't 

> As far as contribution goes, not everyone has the talent and ability to 
> contribute - Like me.

I doubt that. You _can_ contribute. You actually do it right now.

> The way I see it, criticizing (when done in a constructive way) is not a 
> bad thing. It is what drives the project when others share there views 
> on features/functionality good or bad!

This is a contribution! By telling what is important to you, you 
contribute to the future value of the project (note that I say "project", 
not "product"...)

There is a subtle point-of-no-return though. The story I was referring to, 
was where a person did not contribute, but instead called people names if 
they did not do what she wanted, which was effectively to work hard and 
for free. Which is just not fair.


P.S.: Actually, it was a "he", but I say "she" here, because he was a real 
pussy, and I am very happy he left the list.

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