I noticed this too yesterday, as I visited the pages from time to time myself to see when they would get ‘unstuck’. But your post is inaccurate. The project is not dead, but rather is “open” to whoever wants it. Here is a direct quote from said statement on BeBits or Haikuware:
What I did, was opened up the spreadsheet to those who expressed interest in becoming a Senryu OS director. I am leaving it in the hands of these individuals to decide the possible future of the project. The spreadsheet is open for commenting, so this way, they could organize any advancement of the project.[/quote]
And he goes on further to write:
So Senryu is not dead. The author just decided he will not head the project, but will still support it, and is simply leaving it to the community his site form tried to start.
And I have no idea what this huge change will do, or who will decide to continue Senryu. It’s a big question. I honestly just don’t know, and in many ways, it makes me wonder myself what I’m going to do about Poem or whether to just quit it, because if his estimate of $ 6.75 k was raised for Senryu, then that means it would have had a good user base. As far as Senryu goes, anyone could continue that project and make it all work. I guess history will just have to be the guide on all this.
I have no doubt that Haiku, Inc. and the Haiku OS will continue like it always has and will eventually reach R1 and beyond. Sure, some people (whether general users or developers whose old software was broken) will be disgruntled at the PM change, but once HaikuDepot is totally ready, that will subside and everyone will adapt to the new change. At first, I hated PM being introduced, but I begin to see it all now. Change is change, and I have confidence people will acclimate to building software around that design.
On a final note, though, if BeBits and Haikuware came back online, that would definitely be good! Again, it’s just a matter of letting history run its course…