So recently two different thingermabobs caught my eye…
Github VIA Issue: GitHub · Where software is built
Related /r/mk post: https://www.reddit.com/r/MechanicalKeyboards/comments/kuvpmg/the_future_of_via_github_pull_requests/
So this makes me wonder at times, what are the certain expectations people might be thrusting upon developers for what costs? I think some of you here are from the development side of things and may have some input of this kind of situation.
As a community, how much is too much to expect from a group of people essentially doing a free service? Especially a service that others are taking advantage of for commercial gain? (Keyboard Designers having VIA support for free).
VIA started out as a tool for Wilba.tech PCBs which is no different from how you have a razer tool for razer boards, corsair tool for corsair boards, etc etc etc. But they have decided to adopt their platform to support other PCBs.
One interesting quote that caught my eye was,
Wilba: We have absolutely no obligation to provide a free keyboard configuration tool to commercial entities that didn’t contribute anything towards it.
Development takes time & time is a finite resource after all.
I know a lot of people will probably have their opinions on open source and non open source. From my own research, I can see the pros and cons of each side of that argument
Looking at the current pull requests, it does look like a majority of them are pending QMK Merge.
Ultimately, are people whinging because VIA is closed source, whinging because their PRs are being pulled fast enough, or whinging because they’re haters? Maybe people are impatient because they expect devs to work through the holidays, I don’t know.
What kind of expectations do we have for many of the devs in our community who contribute their knowledge for free? Maybe we should reflect on them every now and then and be thankful for everyone who contributes on projects that end up helping everyone in this community.
I love the QMK & VIA teams.