Posted May 27, 2004 17:41 UTC (Thu) by kurtm
In reply to: qmail
Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
So djb should essentially just bump the version number occasionally so people know the project is supported? I don't understand otherwise what 'some value in the occasional insignificant tweak' would mean.
Unfortunately, I think 'signs of life' in this case means 'convenient signs of life'. There is a rather active qmail mailing list. People don't want to do more work than looking at the version number (and maybe when it was released).
Yes, often no releases in a while can be an indicator of abandonware, but it is just an indicator.
I think there are two traps that get us to think this way: 1) Most proprietary software companies (and hardware companies for that matter) have trained us to think that stuff more than 18 months old is useless. and 2) Because so much free software is being released before it is ready and/or while it is still evolving that we assume anything that doesn't make new releases all the time is not being maintained.
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