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Re: dropping 32-bit host support

From: Daniel P . Berrangé
Subject: Re: dropping 32-bit host support
Date: Thu, 16 Mar 2023 15:39:13 +0000
User-agent: Mutt/2.2.9 (2022-11-12)

On Thu, Mar 16, 2023 at 04:01:06PM +0300, Andrew Randrianasulu wrote:
> Well, this language about "market" and "investment"  not just figures of
> the speech, sadly? Because paid developers work on  areas they paid to
> develop, by boss with big bucks.

This is FUD.

Many QEMU maintainers are employeed, but that does not mean that their
boss gets to dictate what the QEMU community does. The company has its
priorities but this cannot be forced onto the community. Changes have
to be made through tradeoffs and consensus building across all active

To put it another way, responsible open source maintainers/contributors
wear two hats.

With their corporate hat on they have tasks to work on that are directly
important to their employer in the short term. They can make a case for
why these contributions are beneficial, but there's never a guarantee
the community will agree / accept it.

With their community hat on they look at, and work on, what is important
for the health of the community in general. This can sometimes be contrary
to what the employer would otherwise like to see. Wise companies accept
this tradeoff, because the long term health of the community is ultimately
important to them too.

QEMU is fortunate to have many responsible maintainers who balance the
demands of their employer vs the community on an ongoing basis.

With regards,
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