I have to say that I only skipped to that thread, but imho that is about a different topic, not very much about discontinuing support for the 4/32 devices.
Having a modular design, I am not sure why there cannot be simply some modules removed for weaker devices? What features are you talking about? A more resource hungry LuCI version? I thought that the new version will actually consume less resources on the router, although that might not be true for disk usage or RAM consumption.
That is a bit out of context. I assumed you were asking for some kind of payment from the way you asked that question. It is not really worth that for me to pay for support for devices I don't plan to use for a longer period.
Nothing was maybe the incorrect term and I also knew that it would sound pretty harsh.
For example one thing I actually already did was to raise the awareness of this in hope it might lead to some rethinking. I was trying to start some discussion how to make this possible obviously offering my thoughts on this topic. And I even might offer my help to get those devices officially supported. However in that question you gave me the option to either do community builds or to pay for it, which is not what I wanted.
I know, I am not good at motivating people. But that is probably also mostly because I don't like tricking people into things they wouldn't like to do if they knew the facts. So I try to stay more factual.
Completely understandable. One motivation could be to support an as broad range of devices as possible. I mean why add support for a 8/64 device when there is an already supported 8/64 device for the same price available. One could just tell the users they should buy that instead. Another would be to continue support for existing devices to help probably a lot of people.
That is a bit the problem of Open Source projects, yes. But what I'd like to also note is that it might be better when people who know what they do are doing the support, because it is more time efficient. So I think it is ok to ask for support and to also ask for reasons why it has dropped, even if one does not want to personally step in.
To me it looks rather simple to offer feature stripped down builds by adding some build properties, so I'd ask why not to do that.