The open source popular project Songbird (as well as others) is dropping Linux in favor of stronger Windows and Mac development. According to Songbird developers Pioneers of The Inevitable (POTI Inc.), they have limited resources and need to put focus where it makes the most sense.
If a canary's song serves as a warning to miners, what does a Songbird's flight say about FOSS? That was the question on many bloggers' minds in recent days, as news of open source iTunes clone Songbird's decision to drop Linux support made its away across the forums.
Testfreaks: "As we've mentioned earlier, Songbird has left the Linux flock and gone on to perceived greener open source pastures. But what are the Linux faithful to use to replace this one time music player gem that was heralded as the alternative to iTunes?"
Songbird, the open-source multimedia player that's built upon GStreamer and Mozilla Firefox's XULRunner, is no longer chirping a Linux-friendly tune. We have covered Songbird a few times at Phoronix since its initial release back in 2006, but now four years later they will stop officially maintaini...
Songbird, an early digital music service that aimed to compete against the iTunes, Pandoras and Spotifies of this world with an open source platform, is shutting down on June 28, after running out of money and failing to find a buyer.