As the observant among you may have noticed, I haven’t been releasing many updates to USB Disk Ejector recently. I am very busy at the moment and just haven’t had the time to work much on the app.
I’ve been thinking recently, of fully open sourcing the app and putting it on Sourceforge. However I’m not sure its worth the bother, its only worth doing if people would actively contribute to and work on the app.
Putting it on sourceforge would be a chore for me and I’d have to get used to using subversion or cvs – which would be pretty pointless if I remained the only developer. Additionally, releasing it under the GPL or MPL would be problematic since portions of the eject code are based on work by Uwe Sieber in this article. I would have to get clarification from him, I would have to get permission again from the authors of the app’s icons and I would have problems with the modified HddInfo.pas unit that I use. Its licencing is ambiguous since there are many different versions of it floating around the internet by different authors – none of which are the same as the version I modified.
Essentially what I’m saying is that Sourceforging it would be a huge pain. I would only go to the trouble if I could be sure that people would actively contribute to the program. I’m not hugely confident of this – the source to all my apps has been on my site for 5 years and in all that time only one person has ever contributed to the code. Nevertheless, if it would happen, then I’d do it.
Here’s what I want from you – please say in the comments if you think I should go ahead with this. Please remember that I dont care if you want it on Sourceforge because you’re an open source enthusiast or because you think it’ll mean more regular updates. Let me know if you personally would contribute to the program (remembering that its coded with Delphi).
Thanks, and sorry for the whiney tone of this post.