There is another thread here about Atari800MacX not working any more and I chipped in saying that if you compile the base Atari800 it works fine. Now I have to explain how to compile Atari800, it needs SDL, so I have to explain how to get SDL set up so Atari800 will compile.
If they have to ask, they're not gonna understand the answer. How on earth do you expect to guide someone who hasn't ever done it through the compilation ? Even if they did, given the dependency and environment jungle, you need to be proficient in linux commandline anyway, hence you wouldn't have asked the question in the first place.
If I could just bundle SDL with Atari800 and give that to someone and say "double-click on Atari800" there would be a bunch of happy Mac users who can run an emulator again, none of them need to know how to do all the stuff I had to do to get it running. That's a good thing.
No, it's not. Barriers of entry can be great for weeding out certain groups. Fat&Flashy Icon Clickers is one such group.
I'm all for keeping them contained within the boundaries [perceived or not] of their playground.
Half the mac users would switch off at the 2nd or 3rd step in setting all that up.
Just half ?
I have to say, I envy you your experience with Mac users !
No one can chase anyone for a copyright they have not registered.
That's not exactly true in U.S of A, though - is it ? Anybody here can sue anyone else for any reason. My friend has been a victim of this in a tenant-landlord court last 2 years.
All that landlord has to do, is to show up, without lawyer (and any financial investment whatsoever), say some BS without backing it up, and then the endless legal process starts - postponing, witnesses, judges throwing the case to another judge, and about a dozen other things.
Enough to make one's life completely miserable. And that's without an actual claim or investing any money.
Now contrast the above with the company, who just eagerly acquired all Atari's IPs, spend a minor fortune on the lawyers, have their attorneys on retainer, and discover someone has the balls to distribute "their" IP (regardless of how courts ruled in past).
The C&D is the least of the worries of the dev in question.
The lawyers will step up, show how the dev in question is "just a disrespectful hacker", totally discredit him, and judge won't really have any other option than to agree with them.
Sure there are appeals. Why on earth would the developer risk going through that ?
Please don't say "for Mac users"