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GNU FreeDink is looking for a new maintainer

April 19th, 08:12 AM
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Beuc
Peasant Male France
 
Hi,

I don't picture myself putting a lot of time into GNU FreeDink again, so I figure it's time to pass the torch.
I'm notifying maintainers@gnu.org about this and they'll look for a maintainer.
I can suggest a name for consideration, if you'd like to take over maintenance let me know why you'd be a good candidate.
April 20th, 12:30 AM
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yeoldetoast
Peasant Australia steam
discord.gg/Ukugfbh 
I'd just like to say many thanks for all your hard work over the years.
April 20th, 02:08 AM
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Bluedy
Peasant Male Romania steam bloop
I like Frutti Fresh 
I thank you aswell!
April 20th, 05:33 AM
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Christiaan
Bard Netherlands xbox
Lazy bum 
Beuc you are a legend! Thank you for your important contributions!
April 20th, 11:43 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
Beuc, I too would like to add my heartfelt expressions of gratitude to those above. If it was not for freedink on Linux I "would not be here"(*).

(*)I don't mean that Beuc saved my life, at least not literally. I just mean that I would never have become an active member of the Dink Network here without /usr/games/freedink on Linux.

Thanks!
April 21st, 07:15 AM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
this is the true beginning of the end.
April 21st, 02:48 PM
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liquid141
Peasant steam
Sons of liberty 
I must admit i am pretty stunned by this announcement , i doubt anyone else will have interest to take up what you are leaving , there are just about 10-12 people max interested to develop and maintain dink related stuff.
April 21st, 04:38 PM
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toof
Peasant Male
I disagree. 
i doubt anyone else will have interest to take up what you are leaving

Both interest and knowledge...
April 21st, 05:33 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
there are virtually no options here. redink1 and shevek maybe?

dunno if there are any who'd be interested in maintaining it elsewhere but maybe we'll be seeing a new gnuboi here soon.

otherwise, we're DUCKED
April 21st, 06:02 PM
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scratcher
Bard Male Finland bloop
cigarette bonca 
Thanks for everything you've done so far, Beuc. You honestly don't get the shower of confetti and sexy ladies you deserve for everything you've done with Dink, but thanks all the same. May I ask why you're passing on the torch?

Skurn: I thought you hated FreeDink and are still using v1.07 or something.
April 21st, 06:29 PM
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Skurn
Peasant Male Equatorial Guinea xbox steam duck bloop
can't flim flam the glim glam 
no, i'm using 1.06
April 22nd, 05:49 AM
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Beuc
Peasant Male France
 
I appreciate all your heartfelt thanks, they mean a lot
Continuing or leaving a project is a delicate balance between the nice and not-so-nice parts of it, so I won't endlessly gloat over the former and bash the later.
Let's remind I officially started GNU FreeDink more than 15 years ago and a lot changed since.
April 22nd, 06:24 AM
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Robj
Peasant Male Australia
You feed the madness, and it feeds on you. 
Oh damn.
Thanks for everything Beuc, Freedink is the best and still has a lot of potential to become even better too, I hope someone picks it up.
Can't thank you enough for laying the foundations and keeping it going til now though.
April 22nd, 08:16 AM
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SlipDink
Peasant Male United States bloop
2nd generation. No easy way to be free. 
@Beuc:

It may help the cause... if you would ... add some details of what it means to maintain freedink. If you give people an idea of what is involved, we might have more luck getting someone else to take over your role.

o How many operating systems do you have to maintain so you can compile on them?
o How much code have you changed (lines of code) over the time you have been responsible for freedink? Is that about 10% or 20% or 50% or even more?
o How often do you have to make changes to make certain that freedink is compatible with the latest releases of the operating systems you support?
o How many branches of freedink and dfarc are you currently maintaining?
o Is there anything else that you think might be helpful in giving people a grasp of the scope of this honor?
o What are the nice and not-so-nice parts you talked about above?
April 22nd, 02:22 PM
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liquid141
Peasant steam
Sons of liberty 
i would not be surprised to hear the beuc was working alone on this for a long time .
April 23rd, 08:34 AM
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Beuc
Peasant Male France
 
@SlipDink
I'm gonna give a few starting points but an important part of the maintainer's role is figuring out things by themselves:
- https://www.gnu.org/help/evaluation.html#whatmeans
- clone the Git repo(s) from https://savannah.gnu.org/p/freedink
- run "gitk" to check the Git history/branches/etc.
- check the doc/ directory

@liquid141, yes and no:
https://www.gnu.org/software/freedink/credits
April 24th, 12:20 PM
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liquid141
Peasant steam
Sons of liberty 
It was pretty much you , i hope you find someone with the passion to take over
April 25th, 12:07 AM
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redink1
King Male United States xbox steam bloop
A mother ducking wizard 
Yes, thank you Beuc! FreeDink is definitely the most widely used and stable version of Dink available, and it is very impressive how you were able to tidy-up the existing code base.

I'm sad to see you go, but maybe you'll come back again
June 10th, 01:40 AM
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liquid141
Peasant steam
Sons of liberty 
Just wanted to check up on this , free dink pretty important to us , i hope someone has taken over . Would seth or redink1 be interested ?

Looking at the webpage it still says beuc

What happens in the worst case no one can be found ?