Rant: So you want help?

Thomas Friedrichsmeier thomas.friedrichsmeier at ruhr-uni-bochum.de
Sat Nov 6 10:50:36 CET 2010

On Saturday 06 November 2010, Andreas Pakulat wrote:
> I'm not sure thats a wise choice. For me as someone who was willing to
> bring KDevelop to windows and work on that, mingw was always too slow to
> be usable. It was a magnitude slower than msvc2008 (even the first 4.x
> releases). So for end-users the compiler doesn't matter, but for people
> who'd like to use pre-built packages of the development platform (which
> I think many app-devs would want to use as a start to port their app)
> the compiler may play quite a bigger role. Having to spend a complete
> day just for getting my app built with mingw is not going to attract me
> to help with the kde/windows effort.

I won't insist on a particular default. What I care about is that compilers 
can be released independently. And the compiler I'm willing to help with for a 
release is MinGW4 32bit.

Still, I think app-devs can be expected to make an informed choice to pick 
something other than the default option. So IMO, as long as anybody does 
create a MSVC-based releases in this scenario, it will not make any practical 

And in fact, I think app-devs who care about having a particular compiler are 
prime candidates for volunteering to help with a release for that compiler.

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