So what causes third party firmware makers to eventually fail?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by magnus33, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. magnus33

    magnus33 Network Guru Member

    For lord knows how long we had routers and third party firmware to take advantage of it.
    But along with that we had two trends which firmware tend to fellow.

    The work on them eventually stops and fades away or the maker develops ego issues and starts ignoring the users.
    There are exceptions of course but by and large these seem to be the two roads that they take.

    What causes this?
    For the first there could always be lack of time or loose of interest but what causes the second.
    The later seems to devie common sense since the polularity of and software depends on the people using it.
    Ignore or treat them badly and you can kiss that popularity goodbye.

    Does smarts mean less stable or does popularity breed arrogance and blindness?

    What do you think?
  2. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    One issue with broadband routers is manufacturers constantly come out with new models... New models mean working in a bunch of new code for support for 3rd parties...

    I think most contributors end up eventually just loosing interest, and since they have a stable build for their older router, they are content. Why do they loose interest? For most (I used to contribute code to many other projects) is the lack of monetary compensation, or even just people saying "thanks"... Instead you get tons of people complaining nothing works and wanting tons of features, all for free...

    Free is great, but it doesn't pay the bills...
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