Speaking of which, please check out the Neo900 project.
I agree it has been fairly resistant to breakage/bitrot. That may say something about the code quality.
But do you actually compile from the original tarball? The last tarball is pushing 3 years by now.
Building it gives an indication it needs an oilchange and a new filter.
The bugtracker has a fair number of patches which appear to make sense. As do various distributions.
So the short answer is: maintenance
The longer answer is really up to whoever takes ownership of the code.
I didn't mention WPS.
And I agree there isn't much like WPS. While I though it was a neat idea at the time, I never got accustomed to using the template system. It may have been my usage pattern.
Again, I find myself in the position where my preferred 'environment' is eroding. The only force keeping icewm rolling these days are the distribution package maintainers.
I can't code in any meaningful way, nor do I aspire to. I could easily pay for a supported version of icewm, but I don't care to pay someone just to keep it alive. I want someone to take a personal interest in the code, to ensure that it remains up to date, to make it run on Wayland or whatever. I want someone to own the code, be proud of it. Is there a general solution for this situation, apart from whoring for attention on Slashdot?"
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I. Do. Not. Get. It.
It is beyond me why people want to emulate the clutter they have on their physical desk, on their computer.
One does not need a "Desktop Environment".
What I want is a window manager that allows me to set the only sane focus policy (focus follows mouse, click to raise), maintains the user experience and config-file compatibility from release to release and otherwise stays out of the way. Not having to choose between 42 different plugins/extensions/addons and whatnot is also a good thing.
A couple of years ago (*cough*) when IBM killed OS/2, I made the transition to Linux. I soon landed on icewm as my preferred window manager, as it had a "OS/2 Warp" theme. I believe I at one time played with a Presentation Manager-like desktop, but I soon realized it was more hassle than benefit.
icewm has a fully configurable "context-menu" on the entire desktop background (right-click mouse for *your* selection of files, programs, folders, etc), ditto menu for windows (left click), configurable hotkeys (I hit F12 for a terminal), a toolbar with the regular stuff, workspaces and so on.
And for any newbie out there: not running gnome or kde or whatever does not prevent you from launching gnome or kde programs.
Now, please tell me again about the added benefits of having a zillion garish icons on your desktop background?
Or, by the way... don't bother,...
OK. Facebook sucks. get over it.
I believe most building blocks for a truly distributed, open facebook alternative already exists.
It "just" needs a shitload of glue and polishing. And a fancy projectname. "buttpaper"?
OpenID for id purposes?
Torrents for distributing data?
Some kind of PKI system to regulate access to data in the "cloud". Also holding the tracker location?
(Can this be designed to not rely on central infrastructure, yet be made simple enough to work for the average Jean?)
Must allow for single users running their own site, as well as bigger sites holding larger number of users.
Some way to import relevant stuff from FB.
Build this, eliminate the security flaws, then convince a few million FB users. And be ready to fight he FUD from Zuckerberg & co.
Exposing the name of the guy likely isn't going to change Apple's reaction to the loss of the device.
But it sure harms the guy who lost it, and I think that was really, really rotten form.
Cheques? and cellphones? In the same sentence? In the same century? You've got it wrong.
All IM protocols are, at one level, reimplementations of IRC. So why not use IRC?