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[Apr. 22nd, 2008|03:04 pm]
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You know, the world of open source is a cruel one. Sometimes I get ideas into my head thinking "ooh, this would be a cool idea" so I search for it and, serendipitously, I find something that would have been helpful to me before. So I look at it, and then find that no, it's only a pipe-dream, the name is out there but it is nothing but vaporware, because I can't even download even a single file surrounding this, and the original webpage hosting it no longer exists.

The worst thing, this little program would have solved a lot of problems I'm having with one aspect of my project. Namely, trying to get my program to understand that crazy moon language that agents speak.

From: ext_96834
2008-04-24 08:45 am (UTC)
Hmm... I guess usually open source projects host at the sourceforge site so do not have such problems.
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[User Picture]From: tearsofzorro
2008-04-24 03:46 pm (UTC)
Well, in one sense that's true, insofar that you will have a site for the project so long as sourceforge is alive. But other than that, the main problem is down to developer motivation. I mean, the project I'm thinking of has a project page on nongnu.org but has nothing checked into the cvs. That can be the case with a lot of sf projects - but then, that's just a problem with open source in general - if the developer team doesn't check anything in, there's nothing that can be done. *shrugs*
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From: ext_96834
2008-04-24 04:55 pm (UTC)
well.. I don't think there are many such projects, maybe only some tiny ones.
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