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Unmaintained Free Software

By in News
Mon Jun 19, 2000 at 12:33:03 AM EST
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I'd like to announce a site of mine called Unmaintained Free Software. It keeps track of orphaned Free Software projects and its aim is to help find new maintainers and developers for unmaintained software-packages. You help is needed! If you know any unmaintained package please announce it on the site.


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Unmaintained Free Software | 44 comments (44 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
1) I don't like dead projects. ... (5.00 / 1) (#38)
by Eloquence on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 06:22:31 PM EST

Eloquence voted -1 on this story.

1) I don't like dead projects. 2) I don't like advertising.
--
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spread the word!

Submission queue comments: ... (5.00 / 1) (#11)
by kmself on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 06:56:02 PM EST

kmself voted -1 on this story.

Submission queue comments:

Resubmit with a more significant description of what you're doing and why.

--
Karsten M. Self
SCO -- backgrounder on Caldera/SCO vs IBM
Support the EFF!!
There is no K5 cabal.

nice idea, but this is just a promo... (5.00 / 1) (#1)
by Fish on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 07:08:26 PM EST

Fish voted -1 on this story.

nice idea, but this is just a promotion, not a discussion topic.

i suggest that the green colours could be made less slimy-looking.

Fish - voting at the extremeties to help decide moderation.

Hopefully the useful apps that have... (5.00 / 1) (#2)
by Inoshiro on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 07:40:00 PM EST

Inoshiro voted 1 on this story.

Hopefully the useful apps that have been orphaned will be "reparented" by individuals who will enjoy doing work on the application ;-) Of course, if the apps are poorly written, or not useful to anyone, not much can be saved (excepting technical documentation).



--
[ イノシロ ]
MLP... (5.00 / 1) (#13)
by bobsquatch on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 07:42:48 PM EST

bobsquatch voted -1 on this story.

MLP

More writeup.... it could have been... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
by kraant on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 07:45:40 PM EST

kraant voted -1 on this story.

More writeup.... it could have been quite interesting if the article had pointed at that essay by ESR talking about the ownership norms in free software projects
--
"kraant, open source guru" -- tumeric
Never In Our Names...

MLP, MLP, rah rah rah!... (5.00 / 1) (#14)
by fluffy grue on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 08:00:39 PM EST

fluffy grue voted 1 on this story.

MLP, MLP, rah rah rah!
--
"Is not a quine" is not a quine.
I have a master's degree in science!

[ Hug Your Trikuare ]

This is a cute site, post it soon :... (5.00 / 1) (#30)
by cfe on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 08:09:52 PM EST

cfe voted 1 on this story.

This is a cute site, post it soon :)

there is already a site like that: ... (5.00 / 1) (#28)
by eMBee on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 08:46:49 PM EST

eMBee voted 1 on this story.

there is already a site like that: ufo.bero.org
you may want to join forces...

greetings, eMBee.
--
Gnu is Not Unix / Linux Is Not UniX

Add golgotha to the games section. ... (5.00 / 1) (#20)
by Commienst on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 09:30:01 PM EST

Commienst voted 0 on this story.

Add golgotha to the games section. Golgotha

Thanks for the ad. Move along, now.... (4.00 / 3) (#15)
by Velian on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 09:49:55 PM EST

Velian voted -1 on this story.

Thanks for the ad. Move along, now. Find another site to SPAM.

Excellent! This (upkeep of unmainta... (5.00 / 1) (#23)
by h2odragon on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 11:42:26 PM EST

h2odragon voted 1 on this story.

Excellent! This (upkeep of unmaintained proggies) is something that will become more important as more free software authors get real jobs, married, and are otherwise reclaimed by the denziens of the Real World.

Good cause but self promotion... av... (5.00 / 1) (#10)
by skim123 on Fri Jun 16, 2000 at 11:56:57 PM EST

skim123 voted 0 on this story.

Good cause but self promotion... averages out to a zero...

Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.
PT Barnum


Sheer Niftyness of a catalogue of o... (3.50 / 2) (#5)
by Perpetual Newbie on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 12:16:53 AM EST

Perpetual Newbie voted -1 on this story.

Sheer Niftyness of a catalogue of orphaned software: +1
Lack of a writeup: -1
Anonymous Hero M-ly P-ing own L: -1
Time you wasted reading this reply: Priceless

Some things karmawhoring can't buy. For everything else there's BastardCard.

I have two second the importance of... (5.00 / 1) (#26)
by AArthur on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 12:44:10 AM EST

AArthur voted 1 on this story.

I have two second the importance of taking a look at unmaintained free software projects. Many are useful, they just haven't yet gotten the interest of developers or users to maintane them. Keep up the great work!

Andrew B. Arthur | aarthur@imaclinux.net | http://hvcc.edu/~aa310264

I voted down cos it's really nothin... (5.00 / 1) (#6)
by Pelorat on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 01:54:23 AM EST

Pelorat voted -1 on this story.

I voted down cos it's really nothing more than an advert. It's a good idea tho, just not really a discussion topic.

This isn't a news release site - po... (5.00 / 1) (#12)
by Dacta on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 07:48:15 AM EST

Dacta voted -1 on this story.

This isn't a news release site - post it to Linux Today or something.

It's a good idea. It's posted in t... (5.00 / 1) (#22)
by Arkady on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 01:10:46 PM EST

Arkady voted 0 on this story.

It's a good idea. It's posted in the technology category, right? Perhaph K5 needs an announcements category?

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere Anarchy is loosed upon the world.


You're asking us to take over the w... (5.00 / 1) (#37)
by chipuni on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 01:50:40 PM EST

chipuni voted 0 on this story.

You're asking us to take over the work of people who have, literally, abandoned their own projects. I hate to be blunt, but... why should we be interested? I suppose that the site would be a good idea for history's sake.
--
Perfection is not reached when nothing more can be added, but only when nothing more can be taken away.
Wisdom for short attention spans.

Re: You're asking us to take over the w... (none / 0) (#43)
by uh1763 on Mon Jun 19, 2000 at 07:14:50 PM EST

It seems to me that most authors cannot maintain a project any longer because they don't have enough time. If a package is unmaintained this doesn't automatically mean that the code is bad or something...
-- :wq
[ Parent ]
Excellent idea! Many OSS projects s... (5.00 / 1) (#21)
by tidepool on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 01:56:42 PM EST

tidepool voted 1 on this story.

Excellent idea! Many OSS projects start out with one person, and many of them do not mature into a group effort - thus when the person get's tired/a new idea/ etc, it gets dropped without many people knowing about it.

I'd like to see this site succeed - however, is basing it off of sourgeforge a great idea? Perhaps creating your own system would be more of a benefit - Many sourceforge projects themselves are lacking supporters!

An excellent idea.... (5.00 / 1) (#4)
by mattc on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 02:28:12 PM EST

mattc voted 1 on this story.

An excellent idea.

Major plug warning. ... (5.00 / 1) (#36)
by z00100 on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 02:55:47 PM EST

z00100 voted -1 on this story.

Major plug warning. hehe.
I can't think of a sig. LEAVE ME ALONE!!!

It seems like a good site and a per... (5.00 / 1) (#35)
by 3than on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 03:49:27 PM EST

3than voted 0 on this story.

It seems like a good site and a pertinent issue, but the writeup is utter, utter shite. So close...c'mon, go the extra mile, people.

The focus of the site is discussion... (5.00 / 1) (#33)
by shadowspar on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 04:46:56 PM EST

shadowspar voted -1 on this story.

The focus of the site is discussion, not announcements. There has to be a better way to spread word of your site - maybe asking for a link tucked away in a corner?
-- Drink Canada Dry! You might not succeed, but you'll have fun trying.

This sounds interesting, this site ... (5.00 / 1) (#34)
by Cylon on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 05:17:35 PM EST

Cylon voted 1 on this story.

This sounds interesting, this site is aiming to solve one of the (few) problems of the Open Source software model. This should help out smaller projects that, for whatever reason, never got off the ground or never got a lot of attention from the community. I'm just curious as to how one defines software as unmaintained? Will they look at how long it's been since the source had been updated, or will they have to look for explicit mention from the author that they are no longer working on the code?

Re: This sounds interesting, this site ... (none / 0) (#42)
by uh1763 on Mon Jun 19, 2000 at 07:05:18 PM EST

Currently I only add projects where the author put up a note on the website of the project that it is now unmaintained. This might change in the future though...

Note for all: Most of you wrote the writeup was too short and doesn't generate any discussion. I must admit you're right. Sorry, won't happen again. As for my posting as an 'Anonymous Hero' , this is just because I'm too dumb to use the interface... (my first post on Kuro5hin...)
-- :wq
[ Parent ]
  The writeup could be be... (5.00 / 1) (#32)
by Denor on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 07:16:16 PM EST

Denor voted 1 on this story.

  The writeup could be better, but I can see a discussion about orphaned open source projects coming out of this. Myself, I always figured a good way to jump into the OSS movement would be to pick up an unmaintained project. My programming's a bit rusty for that, though :)

-Denor


Shameless self promotion is great -... (5.00 / 1) (#16)
by Pseudonymous Coward on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 08:21:56 PM EST

Pseudonymous Coward voted -1 on this story.

Shameless self promotion is great -- in your sig. Not on the front page, please.

While the idea of the site in and o... (5.00 / 1) (#29)
by sugarman on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 08:41:27 PM EST

sugarman voted -1 on this story.

While the idea of the site in and of itself is a neat idea, the posting of just a general announcement here doesn't really belong. Add some meat to the story, some background, some of the reasoning behind it. This might exist on the site (I was unable to connect to it, so sorry), but inlcude some of that in the write-up here.

Once more through the old editor and I think the topic in general (nevermind the existence of a site for it) would make for some neat discussion.

I'm also curious as to a study into the numbers of unmaintained / poorly maintained OS projects out there. Aside from the high-profile projects, how many gather dust?
--sugarman--

Yeah, cool and all, but it doesn't ... (5.00 / 1) (#18)
by dave0 on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 09:27:47 PM EST

dave0 voted -1 on this story.

Yeah, cool and all, but it doesn't generate any discussion.

Sounds like a good idea, although I... (5.00 / 1) (#39)
by hummer on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 09:47:38 PM EST

hummer voted 1 on this story.

Sounds like a good idea, although I can't actually access the site at this time. Post It!

No offense, but that site was *ugly... (5.00 / 1) (#19)
by magney on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 10:56:13 PM EST

magney voted -1 on this story.

No offense, but that site was *ugly*. Green-on-green-on-green?

Do I look like I speak for my employer?

I'm getting a strong sense of deja ... (5.00 / 1) (#27)
by Frigorific on Sat Jun 17, 2000 at 11:34:01 PM EST

Frigorific voted -1 on this story.

I'm getting a strong sense of deja vu... wasn't this posted "elsewhere"? Plus, no writeup :p
Who is John Galt? Rather, who is Vasilios Hoffman?

A great topic with a write up to sh... (5.00 / 1) (#9)
by Anonymous 242 on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 01:29:53 AM EST

lee_malatesta voted -1 on this story.

A great topic with a write up to short to even be considered a press release. I think an article covering unmaintained free software projects would be great.



Save old code!... (5.00 / 1) (#25)
by azaidi on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 02:35:07 AM EST

azaidi voted 1 on this story.

Save old code!

Hey, most of the categories are emp... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by marlowe on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 10:09:47 AM EST

marlowe voted 1 on this story.

Hey, most of the categories are empty. A database is no good if it hasn't got enough data in it.
-- The Americans are the Jews of the 21st century. Only we won't go as quietly to the gas chambers. --

Nice though it is that there's an o... (5.00 / 1) (#31)
by squigly on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 01:47:24 PM EST

squigly voted -1 on this story.

Nice though it is that there's an orphanage for this sort of thing, I can't really see it generating much discussion.

--
People who sig other people have nothing intelligent to say for themselves - anonimouse

Its a nice story, but the concept h... (5.00 / 1) (#40)
by The Madpostal Worker on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 02:02:16 PM EST

The Madpostal Worker voted 1 on this story.

Its a nice story, but the concept has been done before (ufo.sourceforge.net), well the last attempt wasnt that great, good luck to this one
<-- #include "~/.sig" -->

Re: Its a nice story, but the concept h... (none / 0) (#41)
by Marcin on Mon Jun 19, 2000 at 01:53:14 AM EST

Its a nice story, but the concept has been done before (ufo.sourceforge.net), well the last attempt wasnt that great, good luck to this one

Maybe it's time to start a website that deals with keeping track of unmaintained websites about unmaintained open source projects. Woohoo!
M.
[ Parent ]

Great idea for a website, but a bet... (5.00 / 1) (#24)
by madams on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 07:39:32 PM EST

madams voted 0 on this story.

Great idea for a website, but a better write-up would help.

--
Mark Adams
"But pay no attention to anonymous charges, for they are a bad precedent and are not worthy of our age." - Trajan's reply to Pliny the Younger, 112 A.D.

Excellent idea !!!! It seems that F... (5.00 / 1) (#3)
by Emacs on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 11:13:01 PM EST

Emacs voted 1 on this story.

Excellent idea !!!! It seems that Freshmeat has an huge number of projects that are in the very eary stages ( including g-page, which is mine ), and I have to wonder what percentage of those will mature into solid apps with long term development.

MLP and (anonymous) self-promotion,... (5.00 / 1) (#7)
by Imperator on Sun Jun 18, 2000 at 11:27:29 PM EST

Imperator voted 0 on this story.

MLP and (anonymous) self-promotion, but a worthwhile cause.

Wonderful! (5.00 / 1) (#44)
by Alhazred on Tue Jun 20, 2000 at 12:18:25 PM EST

Great idea! I'm going to go check it out right now ;o)
That is not dead which may eternal lie And with strange aeons death itself may die.
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