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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RE: Open Source Is Mortal
by kallisti5 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 02:45 UTC in reply to "Open Source Is Mortal "
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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.

This is bullshit.

Open source projects never die, they *can* fade away due to lack of interest (or incomplete, bad design, etc). *However* as long as a distribution network exists and users can find a 15-year old zip file with the sources to the application they need, projects can live on.

Experience: I've unearthed quite a few dead GPLv2 open source projects, modernized them, and placed them on life support at places like github.

Edited 2012-07-23 02:46 UTC

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