Happy 20th Birthday!

Recently I did some digging about the history of mc.  It's unclear when the first version was released, the oldest I could find is mc-0.3 released on Apr 29, 1994 [1].

Version 1.0, the first one bearing the name "Midnight Commander" was released on Oct 29, 1994 [2]; exactly 20 years ago.  (If you wonder what the original name was: check out the links!)

A short blog entry from its author is at [3].

A very long, interesting story about mc's history can be read at [4].

Sadly, as this post points out, mc almost died twice already – and the really sad aspect that casts a shadow to the current birthday is that I personally feel it's dying again for the third time.

The initial passion from the new maintainers has faded.  They hardly have time to work on the project.  Many patches or important bugreports go unnoticed for long months or even years.  Some tickets have heated technical discussions between some non-maintainers, yet the maintainers remain silent.  Some contributors have already expressed that they've lost motivation due to the lack of response from developers, and alas more (including myself) are likely to follow.  (This whole issue has been raised in [5].)  I really don't know how this problem could be solved... I'm just hoping that we'll be able to figure out something.

Anyways, for now, let's celebrate 20 years of Midnight Commander :)

[1] http://www.informatica.co.cr/linux-desktops/research/1994/0504.html
[2] http://www.informatica.co.cr/linux-desktops/research/1994/1031.html
[3] http://tirania.org/blog/archive/2009/Oct-06.html
[4] http://www.softpanorama.org/OFM/Paradigm/Ch04/mc.shtml
[5] https://www.midnight-commander.org/ticket/3004

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