more than 3 years now. If a user notices the lack of
they may think "Hey, this piece of software probably
maintained in years, so I better look for something
newer that's still
being maintained". (And I believe most people will
not bother checking
the mailing list)
Color me snobby elitist, but I'm not sure I would mind
losing such potential users...
Realistically though I think it's all about momentum
and inertia: big user bases tend to persist (witness
popularity of, say, Axis 1 and Struts 1). Most popular
translates to "best 'cause everyone's using it" in
It's ok to want genericsification "just because", I
just don't think there are particularly strong or
compelling reasons either way.