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
Member since:
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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RE: Open Source Is Mortal
by s-peter on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 06:05 in reply to "Open Source Is Mortal "
s-peter Member since:
2006-01-29

The article is about software which is fully functional and has user interest. In such case, with open source, even if the original developers lose interest, or there is a platform change, others will carry on development.

I don't think people have issues with open source projects dying if they never reached usable state and/or have no user interest; such project will die open source or otherwise, and that's just the way of life.

Is Black Mesa developed in an open source model? I couldn't find the source repository/download anywhere.

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RE: Open Source Is Mortal
by kallisti5 on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 02:45 in reply to "Open Source Is Mortal "
kallisti5 Member since:
2009-09-08

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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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

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.


Except we use quite a few old open source projects for Windows where the source cannot be found, the authors cannot be contacted or have moved on and we are SOL, it taking a lot of money to move our intranets.

So it not really true.

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RE[2]: Open Source Is Mortal
by zima on Thu 26th Jul 2012 02:05 in reply to "RE: Open Source Is Mortal "
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

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.

And you can put Egyptian mummies (or Lenin) on display ...doesn't make them particularly non-dead (though, in a way, much less dead than some scattered bone fragments, sure)

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