Oh I thoroughly understand that we could loose some great Legacy software if my Appocide Progrom got instituted.
Originally Posted by GMMan
I understand that there are people out there with the skills to fix much of what's broken.
The problems with that are twofold:
- Does a third party have the intellectual property rights to modify the code? If yes, due to full Open Source and License then maybe they should be segregated into a rehabilitation camp... Maybe. I'm not convinced webOS can really support and nourish a bunch of orphan refuges at this point.
- The number of skilled individuals who could fix the old broken Apps that are Open enough to repackage is quickly dwindling. Those who can are often busy on their own projects and concerns. They are mostly looking forward, as they should be, if webOS is ever to reenter mobile with a fighting chance.
Windows Mobile, Palm OS, Symbian, Bada, etc. etc. ad nauseum... webOS 3.x and below.
They are not coming back. No amount of wishfulness and nostalgia will bring them back. Sure lots of Win-Mo. Palm OS, Symbian 'ware still functions. Look back at the archives of any of those you don't use on a daily basis. Look as far back as you can. It just looks ugly. Wearing webOS colored glasses only makes OUR App Cat not look so bad. It looks bad to any outsiders.
If webOS returns to mobile it is in a new guise. The shift in Linux kernel guarantees that. The increasing obsolescence of Mojo and the continuing evolution of Enyo cement the vault over-top webOS 3.x and below.
Sure I want to keep my Legacy hardware running. You bet. I've got two phones and a tablet to support.
What I don't want is to wander through an App Cat filled with moldering corpses. I know some think they are just hibernating. They are dead. For the health of a community you bury the dead properly lest they infect the living populace.
If someone wants to Schindler's List a bunch of Open Source Apps and hide them in attics, more power to them. But in the meantime I say it's time to get cold-hearted about things and start pruning out the dead weight.
When the next leap into mobile takes place (and I still feel it will... at some point), then the whole App Cat would be obsolete even if there are a few living gems in the necropolis. But if the App Cat gets cleared out of dead Apps, then it will make it a more appropriate starting point for the new road forward.
It's easy to say these things can be fixed and nursed back to health, but the trend is definitely going the other way...