Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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Open Source Is Mortal
by westlake on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 03:31 UTC
westlake
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2010-01-07

The Open Source project can die.

Developers lose interest. Users lose interest. Platforms change.

The code base is incomplete, corrupted or too complex to be usable.

The money isn't there. The staffing isn't there.

The project depends on assets the programmer is ill-equipped to supply.

Black Mesa, for example, has a perfectly serviceable engine --- what it doesn't have is a game.

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