Vortex Music Journal | v.9 n.2, 2021 | Call for Papers
“A quarter of century of Pd: past, present and future”.
Deadline: June 1st, 2021.
Guest editor: Dr. Alexandre Torres Porres.
- Full Call: http://vortex.unespar.edu.br/call_v9_n2a.pdf
@mathr would be nice if someone submit an historical overview of all the distro/branches/fork lineage, animal, pd, pure devil, desiredata, l2-ork, pd extended, purr-data, etc.
@320x200 may require spelunking as it seems the mailing list archives on puredata.info only go back as far as 2004-03
@320x200 oh, they are archived but but maybe not searchable via the web interface...
@320x200 so I started reading (skimming) the archives a bit, up to about early 2004 so far. some things I found interesting:
- pd-0.23 in Debian 2.1 (1998)
- early forks, with versions maintained by several people for nt / irix / linux etc (mentions of needing to merge around 2001)
- gradual "community centralization" efforts, like db of externals, wikis, etc, culminating in sourceforge.net project (2002) and the iem zope server
- split of single (high traffic) mailing list into announce+user+developer
- proposal for "access control lists in CVS" so that maintainers of individual externals have exclusive rights to modify code
- the classic nameclash issues; (paraphrased) "the conflicting developers should agree on a common better implementation for the name" vs prefixing with namespaces
- slow adoption of few features from devel_0_36 and devel_0_37 into upstream (eg threaded soundfiler never made it) and flip side the burden of merging back upstream changes
- requests for segmented patch cords, closebang
- mention of demudi / agnula, as well as knoppix
- much foreshadowing:
- re plugin~ "what about making pd a LADSPA plugin?" (2000)
- "pd autoloading externals from the net if it doesnt find them?" (2001)
- "easy to switch from float to double precision" (2002)
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