Duane Maxwell dmaxwell at
Thu Jan 8 07:44:25 UTC 2004

On Jan 7, 2004, at 10:15 PM, John Pfersich wrote:

> And pocket smalltalk has also been given the evil eye  by SF.

I wonder what SF's problem is with PST - it says right on their own 
page that the license is OSI approved.

Perhaps "All Smalltalks" == "Squeak" to somebody.

It sounds to me like somebody's been given a mandate to get rid of as 
many projects as possible in order to reduce the burden on  the 
SourceForge servers.  If so, I wouldn't be surprised.  I cringe 
whenever I find out a project is hosted there - "Planning" projects are 
the most numerous, with "Pre-Alpha" and "Alpha" in third and fourth 
places.  I don't mean to say that SourceForge isn't useful, but the 
signal-to-noise ratio is pretty low.

I always wondered how VA Software was justifying the expense - this is, 
after all, a company trading at 2% of its IPO price, with 12% of its 
float shorted and I find it hard to believe that SF is anything but a 
cash drain.  This purge might be the first sign of the inevitable 
collapse of SourceForge.

Squeak does not need SourceForge to survive.  It's been around longer 
than most of the projects there, and has roots dating back to the dawn 
of interactive computing.  It will likely be here long after 
SourceForge becomes an answer to a question in Trivial Pursuit - Geek 

-- Duane

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