Igor Kovalenko <email@example.com> wrote:
“Robert Krten” <> firstname.lastname@example.org> > wrote in message
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Kevin Stallard <> firstname.lastname@example.org> > wrote:
I hope I don’t sound too ignorant, but how can the ‘little guy’ be dead?
get lots of support from QSSL on an individual basis. Look at the
their employees show when answering my dumb questions on this newsgroup.
Can you elaborate?
I’d almost rather not > > However, since you asked nicely >
Yes, support has been great from a technical point of view. I have
no complaints in that department. Where I see the shift is from the QNX 2
and QNX 4 days of small companies being able to cooperatively market
with QSSL (e.g., QNX News, Third Party handbook, the Conferences), versus
the current environment where trying to do any cooperative marketing is
Remember the good old days, when you’d publish a piece of code and “the
community” would adopt it, give you feedback, send in patches, promote it,
etc? I’ve run the “free” section on my website and have noticed just
zero feedback – so either the software must be flawless > > or no-one is
using it, or … ? I’m leaning towards the middle one, where no-one is
Not neccessary. In my experience ‘using’ and ‘giving useful feedback’ are
not really tied together. Majority of ‘users’ haven’t got a clue. I did get
some feedback for the spin, but percentage of people who made useful
suggestions, let alone code contribution is negligibly small compared to
number of people who use it. With ESS audio drivers it was even funnier.
Nobody contributed anything, but I have got few requests from Linux folks
for my patches, since original ALSA code was broken and they never bothered
to integrate the patch I sent them >
Well, let me just state for the record, “Thanks for the ESS Audio Driver, Igor”.
I use it successfully on my portable!
Your sentiment is not really about QNX per say. It is just general state of
the affairs in the computer industry. Some 10 years ago PC was still quite a
freak’s gadget. If people had it, they had it for a reason usually beyond
listening to MP3 and surfing web. They were researching and experimenting.
Possibilities were endless >
And look at it now, it is a bloody comsumer electronics item practically.
The software and capabilities have evolved so much that it is simply not
interesting for most people (even programmers) anymore to tinker with little
itty bitty programs. Waste of time…
Yeah, that’s correct (unfortunately). Which is why I am going “retro”
and collecting old ones. Much more fun to play with a computer that’s
heavier than you are
So indeed, only bogger players are still doing something. And yes, they
prefer to deal with other bigger players. It is natural course of the
Yup; nature of the biz. That’s why I said (in another posting in this
thread) not to take it as me being discouraged, just coming to the realization
that “things have changed” (and the little guy is dead ).
Or training videos – hard to sell those to the “big
companies” who would rather go with the complete solution for training
QSSL, rather than look/research for other solutions from the “little guy”.
Personally, I would not buy training videos. They are only good for plain &
simple stuff, that does not require much of thinking/digesting (i.e., when
the only problem is conveying the information). If I were to spend money on
learning, I’d rather have someone to talk to. Good learning IMHO only
happens when things get discussed. I think the discussion is more important
than the handouts or notes or whatever way is used to present the
The people who have bought the training videos have been very happy with
them – it’s a personal “learning style” type of thing, of course.
Robert Krten, PARSE Software Devices +1 613 599 8316.
Realtime Systems Architecture, Books, Video-based and Instructor-led
Training, Consulting and Software Products at www.parse.com.