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#1 2010-08-08 03:10:09

urist
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Favorite dead open source project?

I debated posting this in Programming or Community Contributions. Seeing as this would benefit all of Linux, however, I thought this was a better place. If I have erred, feel free to correct me.

I'm a long-time user of Linux, but my contributions sum up to answering a few questions now and then on one forum or another. I would love to give back to the community. I honestly don't think I could come up with an idea for a program and code it all on my own, so I was hoping to revive an old, potentially very buggy project that's been left to rot by its devs.

Right now, I'm downloading the source to Silver Tree, an RPG completely forgotten by the devs of Wesnoth. I would like to try my hand with something that isn't a game, however. Language doesn't matter - once you know one, you can easily program in quite a handful of others.

Now it's about time to reach the point of this post. What program can you just not live without that hasn't had an update for a while?

Perhaps a better question is "What dead program would you potentially use if it were less buggy?"

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#2 2010-08-08 03:49:41

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Not dead, but slow to go is Synergy+.  I frequently use many computers at my desk, and to use a single keyboard and mouse across all of them is just awesome.  smile


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#3 2010-08-08 04:37:13

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Debian

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#4 2010-08-08 05:50:32

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Package managers meant for LFS systems.

I'm pretty sure I've had or have a list going on what I like/use, but seeing that they're dead or slow to develop; I've pretty much forgotten where that list has gone off to. Irony, I suppose, haha.


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#5 2010-08-08 06:15:11

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Ari'osika wrote:

Package managers meant for LFS systems.

I'm pretty sure I've had or have a list going on what I like/use, but seeing that they're dead or slow to develop; I've pretty much forgotten where that list has gone off to. Irony, I suppose, haha.

Portage?

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#6 2010-08-08 06:23:20

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Like Portage, but well, deader.

Things like paco, installwatch, sppm, install-log, etc.


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#7 2010-08-08 06:29:01

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Emerald smile


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#8 2010-08-08 07:13:31

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Back then when the PS3 still had the OtherOS option, libfreevec. Freaking amazing work.

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#9 2010-08-08 18:43:31

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Ari'osika wrote:

Like Portage, but well, deader.

Things like paco, installwatch, sppm, install-log, etc.

Oh no, I was suggesting you use portage for LFS smile

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#10 2010-08-08 19:40:36

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

itsbrad212 wrote:
Ari'osika wrote:

Like Portage, but well, deader.

Things like paco, installwatch, sppm, install-log, etc.

Oh no, I was suggesting you use portage for LFS smile

You guys actually gave me the idea of modifying pacman and makepkg for LFS or some such. Pacman can download a PKGBUILD instead of a .pkg.tar.xz and pull code from an svn or something before building it.

I doubt my coding skills are up to snuff, however.

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#11 2010-08-08 20:21:44

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

urist wrote:
itsbrad212 wrote:
Ari'osika wrote:

Like Portage, but well, deader.

Things like paco, installwatch, sppm, install-log, etc.

Oh no, I was suggesting you use portage for LFS smile

You guys actually gave me the idea of modifying pacman and makepkg for LFS or some such. Pacman can download a PKGBUILD instead of a .pkg.tar.xz and pull code from an svn or something before building it.

I doubt my coding skills are up to snuff, however.

You might want to look at pacbuilder for any ideas or code.

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#12 2010-08-08 20:52:40

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Not 100% sure if it was open source but a project called looking glass.

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#13 2010-08-08 22:02:50

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#14 2010-08-08 23:13:10

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

pypanel needs some love. IMO the best standalone panel...ever.


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#15 2010-08-09 02:21:23

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

syltman wrote:

Not 100% sure if it was open source but a project called looking glass.

It is open source GPLv2, and the sources are here somewhere (possibly here).

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#16 2010-08-09 03:07:03

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

ArchLinux is getting a bit outdated. tongue


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#17 2010-08-09 06:20:55

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

itsbrad212 wrote:

Oh no, I was suggesting you use portage for LFS smile

Oh my mistake. I never even knew Portage could be ported to an LFS system. big_smile

urist wrote:

You guys actually gave me the idea of modifying pacman and makepkg for LFS or some such. Pacman can download a PKGBUILD instead of a .pkg.tar.xz and pull code from an svn or something before building it.

I doubt my coding skills are up to snuff, however.

The reason I'm interested in package managers is because I'm planning to code my own for said LFS system, (and in addition it'll be a great coding exercise).


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#18 2010-08-09 06:24:24

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Ari'osika wrote:
itsbrad212 wrote:

Oh no, I was suggesting you use portage for LFS smile

Oh my mistake. I never even knew Portage could be ported to an LFS system. big_smile

Anything that works on one distro works on another. Except tacos, Arch specializes in that...

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#19 2010-08-09 06:45:31

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

realtimebattle. A game with amazing idea, but dead. It doesn't even compile on newer GCCs sad

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#20 2010-08-09 07:11:45

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

retry wrote:

realtimebattle. A game with amazing idea, but dead. It doesn't even compile on newer GCCs sad

Oh wow! I've actually heard of that game. Haven't played it in a while though.

itsbrad212 wrote:

... Except tacos, Arch specializes in that...

lol


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#21 2010-08-09 08:58:00

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Xfmedia - a media player for XFCE based on xine.
BTW. I want to post topic like this yesterday.


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#22 2010-08-09 09:09:50

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

IIRC nmh needs proper mime support, if you feel like dabbling with email RFC compliance.


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#23 2010-08-09 12:59:55

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

ngoonee wrote:

Emerald smile

This.
Also zsnes, although they keep telling us it's not dead.

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#24 2010-08-09 13:17:20

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

Parcellite

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#25 2010-08-09 17:16:38

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Re: Favorite dead open source project?

retry wrote:

realtimebattle. A game with amazing idea, but dead. It doesn't even compile on newer GCCs sad

Yes it does. All you need is to #include <cstdio> in rtb-team-framework/io/unixoutstreambuf.cpp. Now that I know the game works, I'll get to work on some of the bugs.

Actually, there aren't any. The two non-spam, open bug reports on the tracker don't appear to exist now.

I pulled the code from the RealTimeBattleNew module, if you're interested.

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