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Open Source not proof against EOL

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Thanks to Aaron_M!

“The glories of our blood and state 
   Are shadows, not substantial things; 
There is no armour against Fate; 
   Death lays his icy hand on kings: …”

And, as it turns out, Eclipse Projects too. On November 12th, the Eclipse Foundation is holding two Termination Reviews as part of its regular Eclipse Project Review schedule. The ALF Project (death knell pdf) and two of the components (SC, SOAS, death knell pdf) of the SOA Tools Platform project are slated to shuffle off their mortal coil, kick the bucket, buy the farm.

The good thing is that while an Open Source project might well crumble, through neglect or disinterest, to readonly svn dust, like the mythical vampire, just a few drops of the right kind of blood dripped onto the repository will have it up and about again.

Updates 2:

Blog posting gets SearchSOA interview with Rich Seeley

Updates 1:

Slow Friday in Vulture Central  ;  Sanjiva has a Little Sneer at Eclipse


Written by oisinhurley

November 6, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Posted in eclipse, open source

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  1. Hmm. Does that mean we get a whole new category for software: “vampire-source”? Or, if a project is part of the sleeping dead, how about “zombie-source”? I prefer the latter…

    Question: does “termination” just mean that the project is left on a repo somewhere, or, does termination mean it gets removed?


    November 14, 2008 at 2:46 pm

  2. I was on a bit of a hallowe’en metaphor thing there.

    The correct terms I *should* have used are ‘dormant’ and ‘archived’.

    Yes, the code will just be moving directory, and the builds will stop. Nothing gets removed, or thrown out.


    November 14, 2008 at 3:04 pm

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