devinganger wrote:There are plenty of free libre software packages that have disappeared as well, and there are many paid software packages that I *wish* would disappear.
My point is, non free libre means they WILL disappear (as in become unsupported by newer OS'es and platforms). No exceptions. It will always happen.
Free libre is no guarantee that will not happen, but if it's software I want to keep using it gives me a choice to pick up the source and do something with it. Work on it myself, pay someone to adapt it, or ship bottles of wine to my favorite OSS developer begging them to fix it for me. I have choices. And I have those choices up front. As long as I have the source, the software will not disappear.