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About the open source release
Synergy was originally released in November 2002, and over the years has received many updates. Due to competing demands on my time, the release rate slowed down as the years went on, and at the time of writing, the last release was version 4.5.2, on February 1, 2011.
In March 2011 I started a new job building the world's largest platform for collective action at Causes (http://www.causes.com/).
I've realized that this means that in the immediate future Synergy is unlikely to get the attention from me that it deserves, yet people still use it and would like to see development work to continue.
The simplest way to make that possible is to open source the project. This isn't just a means to keep the project alive; I strongly believe that open source is the right way to do software development and in the future it will be the only way that seriously-taken software is developed.
The source code is now BSD licensed. The initial source code release is based off the code that was used to build version 4.5.2, minus the serial number code and third-party code (such as a local copy of the Growl framework) which I did not want to distribute. I'm hoping this will be just the first of several such open source releases that I can make in the near future.
Synergy will still be available for download. Maybe in the future my circumstances will change and I'll be able to fully re-enter the world of Mac OS X development, in which case I'd like to work on getting Synergy into Apple's App Store.
In any case, here's the code, in all its shameful glory. This was the first time I'd written a piece of software that went beyond a pet project. Looking back at it now, I truly shudder at some of the ghastly code I wrote while I was learning C, learning Objective-C, learning Apple's APIs, learning object-oriented programming, design patterns etc, all at once. Some of this stuff, particularly the files and methods that were written earlier on, is truly cringe-worthy and would not look out of place on thedailywtf.com.
On the other hand, looking back on it makes me realize how much I've grown as a developer over the last ten years. Its been an amazing ride.
February 25, 2012
After cloning, run:
git submodule update --init --rebase
This will fetch the WOPublic shared code and build tools.
Download the Growl 2.0.1 SDK from http://growl.info/downloads. Extract the zip, then copy Framework/Growl.framework to the SynergyApp folder.
Synergy was written by Greg Hurrell email@example.com.
Other contributors that have submitted patches include (in alphabetical order):
- Spencer Bliven
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