Cool Software/Stalled Projects

Software of the day:
Nullsoft SuperPIMP Install 1.1o Beta Released

A simple little install engine that was developed for WinAmp has been available for a while and it even gets used for various stuff here and there. For example, the Freenet install for Windows uses SuperPIMP. Eventually Freenet should be moved to a new cross platform Java installer but for Windows only installs of simple software it looks like SuperPIMP would do the job.

GameBoyEmu

The page takes a long time to load but you get a really nice Java based GameBoy emulator that can load a slew of ROMs on demand and it will let you play the games at full speed on any of the hardware I tried it on (I think the slowest was a 300Mhz Celeron). The only downside is that there is no sound support. On the upside, I’m betting there will be sometime after April 12th because that’s when the author will be releasing the source code.

Something I’ve been thinking about is all the software that gets started but goes unused, unfinished, or is underappreciated. With that in mind here are my first four:

Stalled Projects That Deserve To Be Revived

CoFax

A really nifty Java based content management system that was supposed to become open source. Unfortunately it has been sitting in limbo “waiting for the open source license to be approved by the corporate lawyers” for at least eight months now. Will it ever see the light of day?

Metropolis

Freenet needs a front end and Metropolis has good looks, good ideas, and a good start already coded. Unfortunately it sits languishing on SourceForge.net with nobody working on it. Somebody could pick this up and have a good working Freenet front end done with an hour a night for a month.

Millicent

Compaq acquired this micropayment system when they bought DEC. Then they promptly put the brakes on it just when it seemed to be getting some steam behind it. A pathetic waste of an excellent, needed technology.

Aglets

IBM opened up the source to their Java based agent libraries. There is even an easy to find book describing the power of software agents and developing them using the IBM libraries. Unfortunately the software hasn’t kept pace with Java itself and is incompatible with Java 1.2 or above and nobody seems to be working on the libraries to upgrade them. When everybody is talking peer-to-peer all the time this is a resource that really shouldn’t be ignored.

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