Petition to Dan Wilga
Open Source Geneva + Neodesk
Dan Wilga has been a vital part of the Atari ST experience for decades. Through his company Gribnif Software he has released two programs that revolutionized alternative desktops and multitasking. Geneva and Neodesk are still considered by many to be the best OS and desktop experience available. Unfortunately due to lack of development for years, there are challenges with compatibility with modern applications. We acknowledge that the Atari community hasn't been the most supportive of developers such as Dan and we apologize for that. However, our respect and admiration for Gribnif Software and Dan Wilga was always the highest. We would like to petition Dan to release Geneva and Neodesk as open source to the Atari community so that development may continue and Dan's legacy to live on. We understand that Dan has expressed interest in releasing Geneva and NeoDesk as freeware and has gone to lengths in accomplishing it. Sadly, he has faced challenges with locating and recovering the source code due to hard drive failure. Dan must also have other responsibilities and limited free time and progress has stalled. We, the petitioners, ask that Dan Wilga make a final last ditch effort in restoring the source code and making it available as open source to the community. We offer our help in whatever way we can. We have experts in data recovery so we can do the hard work for Dan. We are also willing to consider donations to achieve this goal.