> It's all the same to me, the only practical issue here seem to be just bandwidth
> then. Binaries-shminaries, I thought this was about source code.
All I see here is you're not clearly thinking because:
a) Binaries don't bother you, you compile your own builds.
b) Because of the previous point, whatever mamedevs do with the distribution can't harm or benefit you in any way.
c) You're suggesting to
remove set off by default features on a PC emulator intended to work on a PC. Because we know every user using MAME has a PC stored inside a cabinet with an outdated CRT monitor (that was sarcasm).
d) Your elitist thinking would lead to limit MAME to only Linux users owning arcade cabs and NEOGEO PCBs so you don't miss them. AFAIK that's called a custom build and I'm glad you're not in charge too. :P
e) How could be reducing bandwidth distributing the source AND the compiler environment so everyone can make their own custom builds? Let alone wait up to 3 hours (depending on your own machine) to install something smaller than Office. Most users have Windows machines and no compile environments, for every 100 PCs only 5 or less have Linux. You do the math, that's what this trend to release binaries is for.