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

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!

Heya everyone. I'm julia, and I work in open source. Looking forward to chatting with folks here!

I like exploring the sociotechnical, sustainability, and longevity aspects of OSS.

Oh, I also co-founded (still in its relative infancy).

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