Posted May 28, 2004 14:17 UTC (Fri) by mmarsh
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Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
"Convenient" signs of life can be important for someone deciding whether to install some program. It doesn't have to be feature creep or arbitrary version bumping. Some sort of notice on the project's homepage would suffice: "[28-05-04] We're still looking at including nifty feature X", or "[01-01-04] This product is now considered stable. We have no immediate plans to add new features, but bug reports are always welcome and we'll keep an eye out for needed security fixes. If there's any change to this status, we'll document it here."
I was recently looking at alternatives to CVS, and one that caught my eye was OpenCM, which has what appears to be a unique cryptographic authentication feature (unless you want to run Apache behind Subversion). The latest release, however, is an alpha for 0.1.2, and that was almost a year and a half ago. It took a fair amount of digging to find out that this _isn't_ abandonware, it's just going through a major restructuring. That makes me feel a lot better about considering it, but it took awhile to figure out. That's time that could have been spent elsewhere to greater benefit.
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