On another note, this seems like a really practical property of FOSS, namely that its impossible (or at least very stupid) to "buy" the software since the people who actually put the work into it can just copy and paste it over under a new name with no technical losses. Of course, there's still some friction in moving users over, but its a lot better than having to start over from scratch.
I don't really get whats going on with freenode. Is there no way they could've resisted the takeover? Is it something the staff were putting a lot of effort into to prevent, but couldn't? I haven't heard anything about it until like yesterday, so from my perspective, it seems like they saw something bad might happen and immediately dropped freenode as a knee-jerk reaction, which would be a shame given the legacy surrounding it.
Also feels reminiscent of whats going on with Audacity.
I'd just like to interject for a moment. What you're referring to as GNU/Linux, is in fact, Linux/GNU, or as I've recently taken to calling it, Linux. GNU is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning Linux system, made useful by the hardware resource management, drivers, and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.
I swapped out about half of my computer today (gpu, mobo, cpu), and it broke a bunch of stuff. I'm especially frustrated because i decided to buy all the parts used, so I cant be certain that they all work perfectly to begin with. I'm gonna try reinstalling my os tomorrow, but if that doesnt work, ill probably have to buy another cpu or something.
The Internet Archive have added a WebAssembly-based Flash emulator to their emulation suite, and are preserving 2000s-vintage Flash games, playable in a modern HTML5-capable browser:
ive been seeing a lot of mirrors of the youtube-dl source, which is great, but i think the more difficult issue is actually developing the software further. since there's no primary location for issues tracking or discussion, itll be hard to make and propogate changes. maybe they could go the linux/git route and use a mailing list?
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