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I asked Hacker News what software they use that's done/finished/complete: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

The answers so far are interesting, though I'm not sure they all really count.

@codesections Well, they're using h4xx0r n00z which is built on Arc which hasn't been updated in years, and likely won't be.

@codesections Would remove the abandoned criterion and perhaps ask for stable software that has not seen any major change in functionality the last couple of years.

For me, then, it would be vim, rsync, core utils, ssh, maybe evince, vlc, gnome calc?

Difficult to draw the line between softwares here.

@h4890

> Would remove the abandoned criterion and perhaps ask for stable software that has not seen any major change in functionality the last couple of years. For me, then, it would be vim, …

I didn't limit my question to _abandoned_ projects – just to projects that aren't seeing updates. I hope there are projects that don't have any updates because they don't need any!

I do want to avoid debates about what counts as "major" changes. E.g., vim 8 added async support, major for many users

@codesections But as a general principle, software has 3 lifecycle ends:

1. Broken, WONTFIX.
2. Maintained, updated.
3. Runs under emulation.

Type 3 lasts forever.

@codesections
Some ok replies on hacker news to a thread where a dude talks about software engineers getting the job done & going home:
news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

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