> Will this decision essentially be the end of all MAME derivatives? > > As of now, you can say good-bye to MAMEUI, MESSUI, MAMEUIFX, HBMAME, HBMAMEUI, etc. > Apparently, no future versions of these derivatives will be released.
I'm not sure what I missed here but it looks like for some inexplicable reason it got ugly.
This was an information post, not a 'decision' to attack MAMEUI or anything like that.
The relicensing has been ongoing for between 10 months and a year, in that time we've made multiple call outs and made it very clear that all code going forward needs to be relicensed.
We've managed to track down hundreds of authors for many thousands of source files, so asking the developers of the alt. builds to track down the authors (many of whom we're not in contact with, because it's not our codebase) for a handful of files in order to be compliant is not a huge ask, but it is a step that needs to be taken, it was important to make them aware of this. If anything the ridiculous reaction we've seen reinforces that it was the correct decision to put out the notification; it looks like some of the authors of these builds thought they were exempt from having to resolves the licenses for the code in their builds and could just carry on as usual?!
There was even code we had to drop from the main project because we couldn't track down the authors, that's life.
Essentially we reminded maintainers of derivative builds of their legal obligation under the new license (one we've had to jump through a lot of hoops to comply with ourselves) and some of them turned it into some drama show. Remind me, who exactly are the bad guys here?