QUOTE(lardman @ Aug 19 2005, 05:16 AM)
Do you think that making something which others will use in their daily lives will draw more developers to the project? I'm not sure. I think that being bleeding edge is probably a better way, and in any case it's all about doing something which is fun/interesting/challenging (it is done in everyone's spare time after all).
Perhaps it should be looked at in this way:
What would people prefer to develop applications/features for?
A stable ROM that is a fixed target, used by a large number of people?
An unstable ROM that is a moving target that people barely use?
The fact that OZ is unstable puts people off from trying it. It is it's own bad publicity. If it were stable, more people would use it and probably be tempted to try developing for it.
I understand it's a hobby project. I don't wish to say anything against the developers who can do what most cannot. But maybe you should try allocating your OZ development time using the 80/20 rule.
Spend 80% of your time playing the a bleeding edge branch of OZ
Spend 20% of your time tidying up a frozen branch of OZ
I recently donated money to pdaXrom, why? It's a brilliant ROM and does almost exactly what I need. I'm grateful for that and have shown it through a donation, as have many recently to keep the pdaXrom project going. I'd never donate money to OZ, not because I don't appreciate the work that's gone into it, but because it's of no use to me what so ever.
I bet you, when you have more users daily only using OZ, when people can actually see the benefits of using OZ over any other ROM, people will appreciate what you're all doing a lot more and you might find those people more willing to donate money in gratitude for a stable ROM that improves their lives. More donations means more Zs for you to play with. ;-)
A happy user is a loyal user and a grateful one. Just a thought.