> You seem unaware of how easy it already is to compile MAME, and how much more simpler yet
> with more options can be made. That's what changes everything.
> MAME should not even release any binaries. What are you making issue about is just a bunch
> of options set as default, or not. Just a bunch of check-boxes that needs to be checked or
> unchecked. I'd set them all to unchecked by default, so that "official build", or better
> to say "default build" you can make with "official compiler" is the smallest size of all.
> It should be about "official compiler" and "official source code", not about "official
> binary". Official binary you get by using official compiler and official source code, no
> matter what game drivers or extra features you exclude.
Ah! We are now (back) to "do it yourself". So you are honestly saying that every "plain user" should setup his own compilation environment to build their own breed executable? Oh come on.
BTW, I would love for all builders out there that it is indeed a simple procedure. Seems they contradict you though, saying about weird dependencies (people that are not active in the development may not know about), huge build time etc.
Hmmm... Let all open source projects stop making executables for users whadayathink? Let executables be mystical products only for the initiated. :P
Jokes aside, I don't think your point is very valid (at least as a general policy). I hope devs will not take it seriously.