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Re: One thing people tend to forget about FOSS.

True, but at least if a FOSS project is abandoned its source code is there for someone else to pick up.

For example, a client of mine recently migrated an old system to a newer OS. One of the dependencies hasn't been updated since 2005, but it is open source and still on GitHub. It wouldn't compile in a newer build environment but as the source was available, I was able to clone it and fix it. The client now has a modern patched version of what was a defunct project that will compile on a new OS.

I got paid sweet, sweet money for the time and effort too.

I can't do that with dead proprietary software.

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