Want to be honest: I am not that happy to talk all the tme about AROS; just is the most stimulating topic recently… or maybe you prefer me to talk about my splendid[!] married life, about my mind play of those two/three works i did in the nineties, and my [vague] hope to being put in the Amiga Hall of fame… or in my hope somebody else will make me work as musician again?
Is from this morning the declaration in the developer mailing list that Michael Schultz, one of the major AROS contributors[64-bit port, USB stack, SAM port, EFIKA(in progress) port just to mention some of its contributions] is planning to give up its collaboration; quite understandable: he is father of two and [IMHO] guess he might like more to dedicate to its family, beside the fact that being AROS scene a faithful mirror of the messed up amiga inner fightings, with lots of horses pulling the carriage in different direction, resluting in going nowhere: so we have the interesting paradox of having an incomplete system with unfinished GUI (am doing an AROS review for a website and, being honest, having no feedback from the pointer is sometimes kind of frustrating) , with part of Zune still pointing to stubs or not behaving properly (not all the MUI classes are working, ask ShinkurO about texteditor.mcc), and essential parts for an everyday use are still missing, such as external drives, printers,etc…
So I find myself in advocate an incomplete system, that cannot be fully used!
If this is one of the reasons Michael is leaving, he has my simpathy: instead to talk about all the might be might port and so on, should be important -might add essential- to finish the base functionalities, so to have a “quite complete” system to expand later: BTW is ok work on the NATAMI 68k version, so to give a good “mediatic whip” to the project, doing this “in parallel” to the x86 version completion, being the latter one the main reference target.
Therefore, as said by Staf in the Dev-ML, instead of wait for him to commits its ABI change in order to patch Zulu glitches, better to patch it NOW, and in order to have more user-submitted AROS utilities, might be a good idea to finish Zulu NOW or ASAP, or even make a feelin-integration with LUA so to have more complete user interfaces from those scripts…
I am afraid that when Michael will depart from AROS, all the work might get stuck for another couple of years: i read about some companies in the past that tried to use AROS for a set-top box system but had to give up due to its incompleteness: want we make AROS another wasted opportunity for the Amiga and like platforms, and just another retrocomputing self-referencing toy?
Well, i don’t want this.
and if all of you [few] that are reading me right now do agree with me, then let hear your voice in the main AROS channels, such as AROS exec, arosworld, maybe even in the developer list, but not too much there: let them know that there ARE people TRYING AROS, and some of them USE AROS as much as they can: let them know that you would like to INCREASE their use once, contributing to the bounties; and to report any bug or glitches you find in a quite detailed mode in order to make it get fixed faster; finally, if you can, even contribute your own software done using one of the available tools: you are welcome to do that:)