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Open Letter to Leap Motion about Linux

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Dear Misty and broader LEAP community,

I must admit, I am a really annoyed.  I am a software developer who primarily work on image and video processing tools on the Linux platform.  Over the past 8 months I have waited patiently for any word on a Linux SDK for the Leap motion device, or even a hint of progress.

I found none, and hence I decided to move forward with what I have done in the past when waiting on a closed source piece of software.  Figure it out, code it up, and make something awesome that others can use.

When I discovered this morning that my post on your forums had been removed (notably w/o any actual notification to me or others), and another thread asking what happened was somewhat harshly dismissed with a resounding "refrain from commenting on moderation, as this is against the forum rules" I really felt put-down.  

I appreciate your restoration of the thread, but it already feels like Leap is being hostile toward the very users that will enable their platform.  
The purpose of this letter is not just to demonstrate how off-put I am by this, but to more to explain that if you are going to continue to ignore the Linux community (more or less blatantly)  it will find its own way to integrate your device, likely outside your control, just as was done with libfreenect.

If you will not at least update us, expect us to take our own course, silence is a indicator that Linux is not a priority.

I would love to create things with you and thanks.

--Matthew Goodman


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Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 March 2013 22:18  

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0 #1 Florian 2013-03-20 10:25
Forget linux, they're now outright ignoring web developers like me too.

I've applied for a dev account a month back. After clicking the confirm email and filling out my form, never heard back.

Friend of mine got his dev kit today, so I wondered, wtf?

I tried managing my dev account, apparently I don't have one to manage anymore. I tried logging in, doesn't work. I tried re-applying to a dev-account, and the confirmation email sent me to an empty page.

Talking about community support... good job there leap motion.
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