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xv is deprecated?!?

xv is deprecated?!?

Posted Apr 21, 2011 7:26 UTC (Thu) by ThomasAdam (subscriber, #57986)
In reply to: xv is deprecated?!? by felixfix
Parent article: FVWM 2.6: A new release for a venerable window manager

I certainly wouldn't consider "xv" deprecated, either.


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xv is deprecated?!?

Posted Apr 21, 2011 14:00 UTC (Thu) by rahulsundaram (subscriber, #21946) [Link]

Regardless of whether it is deprecated or not, the default or sample configuration files should be updated to not to refer to that or Netscape. Those aren't what users are likely to use anymore.

xv is deprecated?!?

Posted Jan 5, 2012 2:22 UTC (Thu) by roelofs (guest, #2599) [Link]

I certainly wouldn't consider "xv" deprecated, either.

While it's as useful as it ever was--in part due to the relative lack of bloat, which means it has been able to take advantage of hardware advances and not appear to be "just keeping up"--there are two big reasons why it's generally considered deprecated: (1) it's source-available shareware, not true open-source software (much less Free/Libre software), and (2) its original/primary author abandoned it long ago and, so far, has proven unwilling or uninterested to ease the license restrictions so that it might grow into a real open-source application.

I (and others) have created increasingly unwieldy patchsets for it--search freshmeat/freecode for "XV Jumbo Patches" for mine--but it's pretty hard to stay interested when the license reserves pretty much everything to the original author, including even the right to distributed patched sources.

[And apologies to all for the ridiculously delayed response. New job. ;-) ]

Greg


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