From: Ryan Davis on

On Feb 28, 2010, at 20:17 , Kurtis Rainbolt-greene wrote:

> Ryan Davis wrote:
>> Does any of that actually make the software less viable?
> Yes, actually. Software that isn't maintained or doesn't have an active
> community can be a real pain at first and down right unusable later.
> For instance I had to really hunt to even find the download for the
> precompiled version, and the tutorial.

yes, well, that's what happens when the author up and disappears off the face of the earth taking everything he's made with him. I don't see that as relevant.

Then again, if you're needing to look for the precompiled version, maybe you're setting a much lower bar than I am. *shrug*

From: Kirk Patrick on
Howard Roberts wrote:
> Kurtis Rainbolt-greene wrote:
>> Is Shoes still alive
> yes
> I believe the site is , but it appears to be
> down at the moment.
> There is also a Google Group:
> and the GitHub:

Since December of the last year the shoes website is down.

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From: Steve Klabnik on
[Note: parts of this message were removed to make it a legal post.]

As someone who's tangentially involved with the shoooes community, I feel
like I should drop off some comments here.

Shoooes is still very much being developed, but it seems like only two
people are really contributing at the moment. As someone else mentioned, the
mailing list has technically moved to librelist, so the Google Group doesn't
get as many posts. Some people still do post there, however. I can't comment
on the irc channel, as I haven't been on irc in about a month. But with only
two really active developers, you can see how there wouldn't be a large
amount of list traffic.

Just today there's a discussion about what needs to be wrapped up for the
release of Shoooes 3.

The only thing preventing shoooes from becoming a vibrant project again is
the number of people who stopped using it because _why left.

From: Richard Conroy on
[Note: parts of this message were removed to make it a legal post.] appears to be the spiritual successor of

Many of the listed contributers have an active web presence and you could
contact them directly.

From: Ryan Davis on

On Mar 1, 2010, at 11:40 , Richard Conroy wrote:

> Precompiled is pretty important in the context of what Shoes is for, but I
> would say that if the project is to have any successful
> future, it probably needs to be installable via gems now.

Huh? I thought shoes was its own ruby distro, which is why it doesn't use MRI-installed gems. Is this not the case?

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