Open Source audio software: dead, moribund, languishing or gone

Here’s the other reason people buy commercial software.

I did a search using Google and on SourceForge.net for audio toolkits or other open source program libraries or projects. Almost all of them are dead or haven’t been updated since, say, 2001. One project linked to a page that crashed.

Under the “subsynth” project page, at least the originator had the grace to explain he had to stop working on it (“yeah, this project’s pretty dead“…) (which sourceforge helpfully dates as “1647 days ago”. Quick, when do you think that was?)

Well, the “Python Sound Project” sounds promising. Whoops, that project was last touched 1251 days ago.

Now Nyquist sounds a lot more promising. At least it was worked on in 2009. But amusingly something as simple as clicking on the “FAQ” link on that page leads to

An error has been encountered in accessing this page.

1. Server: nyquist.sourceforge.net
2. URL path: /nyquist-faq.html
3. Error notes: NONE
4. Error type: 404
5. Request method: GET
6. Request query string: NONE
7. Time: 2010-03-12 21:09:15 UTC (1268428155)

See, the point I’m trying to make was that if there was a simple list of active, working, usable source code/libraries the typical eager programmer/user wouldn’t get terrifically frustrated.

So much OpenSource stuff is like this. I think many good programmers just give up and start writing their own libraries or utilities rather than try to ferret out what’s working and what’s ancient history.

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