pagefault wrote:It won't be free and future ZSNES releases won't because we have reached the point where we can't work for free like slave labour for a "cause". Time is money friend.
First let me be clear that I am absolutely not
against anyone being paid for their work, and no offense is meant. If you feel a "but" coming, that's because their is.But
, the only result I see coming from charging for zsnes is far fewer people using zsnes. I have strong serious doubts about it being worth your while, even were you to maintain a lesser "still free" version. The problem isn't the fan backlash, its that they have access to multiple alternatives that can do the job. I think you would be better off re-opening the source and passing the project off to new maintainers if you can no longer handle it as a labor of love (you referred to it as slave labor, a sign you do not want to do this anymore). Which brings me to another problem: though extremely outdated, lacking your newer rewrite, people would undoubtedly fork from the older code that is available (I have a self compiled modded copy myself, and I know I'm not alone).
You might have better luck with your Wii U emulator - you don't have half a dozen free competitors on that front.
Final thought: I'd be extremely supportive of a pay-to-upgrade model starting from a feature limited base (for both emulators, even though I don't think it'll work out like you hope for zsnes).