> For end-user, compiling GNU C/C++ based projects is the same thing as installing
> software on Windows, just instead of pressing "install" button you type "make", and
> that's how user "installs" software. Easy.
> MAME should not release any official binaries, just make sure it's easy for the end
> user to compile their custom build where they can exclude all those games and
> features they do not want.
> Why make yourself a problem with releasing any binaries when you can leave the
> problem to end-user, which will not be a problem at all if you make it simple enough,
> it would be very universal solution.
Although the result would be very 90s-ish, I understand this sentiment. Yet....a factor in the life of MAME is the user base (the devs like that, and want, people to use it), and it would dramatically drop if the average person had to build it every time. I know I wouldn't, and Headkaze's compile utility is pretty easy to use.
For me to chime in on this topic means it's that close to a clusterfuck. Give it a rest, yo.
Consider it high comedy....sincere tragedy....whatever...don't take it personally.