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@juliaferraioli Pretty much a dead heat, but Darcs wins: first release 3/3/2003

@paul @juliaferraioli libreoffice/OpenOffice seem reveleant.
Vlc have raise the bar on video player (some time ago...)

Oh and not to forget MDN. Especially after the rebranding from Mozilla Developer Network to MDN Web Docs (with Microsoft, Google, Samsung on board)

@juliaferraioli I don't know if it's pivotal, but I find Audacity being acquired by Muse to be an interesting contemporary case study. Only days after it occurred, they added (tried to add?) telemetry and there was a huge uproar about it, which lead to the creation of forks like Tenacity.

In less recent history, a certain individual's frustration with a particular printer was probably a very important moment.

Whoever created the first "view source" option in a web browser.

@juliaferraioli First distributed version control system? Wikipedia says it's either Arch, Monotone or Darcs. It's vague about the dates. I seem to remember Darcs is older than Monotone…


A social hub to attract developers.
Communication close to the code (instead of mailing lists).

StackOverflow in a similar vein.

Happy !

I have a request for all y'all folks: what are some pivotal moments in open source history? Try to think beyond the usual suspects (licenses, operating systems, etc...).

(Cross-posted from, but not linked to, Twitter.)

This month's #FOSSfinds: there are a bunch of interviews in #StoryCorps with FOSS developers and users. I gathered up a few:

[NOTE: if you reply to this toot, it will appear as a comment on my blog, unless you set privacy to Followers Only or DM. Either way, I'd love comments!]

This month off has really made me want to write about how contributing to is oftentimes mutually exclusive with having a .

And how that's super problematic in an open source economy.

Mastodon has a verification mechanism, though it looks different from Twitter's. We do not ask for your documents. Instead, if you have a website that you are known by, you can verify that you are the owner of that website.

Link to your Mastodon profile from the website, either through a visible link, or through a <link> tag in the head of the document, with a rel=me attribute, and link back to that page from your Mastodon profile. It should then get a green checkmark, like @Mastodon.

Mastodon DMs (Direct Messages) are not stored in a end-to-end encrypted fashion so if you need to have a conversation where you need to ensure a higher level of security, please move the conversation to an actual end-to-end messaging system like Signal.

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Looking forward to starting my new job next week, but also nervous about figuring out how to keep my 1.5hr/day PT routine. is so high maintenance!

Found a gorgeous copy of principia mathematica at a used bookstore today. I stood in front of it for quite some time.

Maybe I'll go back for it.

Welcome to Mastodon and thanks to any new followers.

I hope you give the place a good chance. There's a bit of a learning curve but it's well worth it.

For new accounts, I recommend checking out @feditips

They've been posting all day to help new accounts adjust to the platform.

How to find people to follow on Mastodon 

- Search for hashtags and follow people who use them
- Use your local and global timelines for people who have things in common with your instance
- Make sure replies are showing in your timeline to see who the people you follow usually interact with
- Follow someone when a good post is reshared in your timeline
- Go to specific instances and browse their member directory
- Introduce yourself using #introduction, follow back whoever follow you

Have fun!

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