I saw that SDL is on 1.2.5 a lot of time, and
that the activity about SDL is very low ( I think ).
Is SDL being abandoned ?
Hardly. Too many active users that also contribute patches - and the
original core developers are still around. They are apparently
working on the upcoming SDL 1.3/2.0 branch, which AFAIK, will be a
pretty much complete rewrite.
Can I help on SDL development
to launch new releases ?
Why new releases? Is there something that needs fixing?
I get the feeling that you’re stuck in the commercial style “make new
releases to sell the same software again” deal.
I have a little fear to start using something that
someday can die…
Everything can and will die some day. With proprietary products, that
normally means that you’re screwed, unless you can afford to migrate
to another product. This is a very real problem, especially for
embedded products that often have a very long life time. (Still
maintaning an 8 year old embedded DOS application - and that’s by no
means “old stuff” in the field I work!)
However, with Free/Open Source software like SDL, it’s not much of a
problem. Even in the unlikely case that you’re the only user still
around, you still have the full source and the right to actually use
it (ie modify it and use the modified versions), so you can maintain
it all by yourself if you have to.
That said, I find it extremely unlikely that you’ll be left alone with
SDL any time soon. There is a big community around it, and
(obviously) we’re all coders, and thus, many of us are potential
maintainers, should Sam decide to move on to other things.
//David Olofson - Programmer, Composer, Open Source Advocate
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