This could be a short rant in a Twitter post. But this will let me start writing here again.
It seems that OSS developers took a decision about two years ago and the industry too. Applications stopped being cool, communities languished, forums reduced its activity, in part for the consolidation of solutions, the decision of promoting the enterprise versions instead of the community ones and also in part of the allure of cloud, AI and cybersecurity technology market. It seems that OSS developers took a decision about two years ago and the industry too.
For instance PDI/Kettle leader and founder moved to other company and the desktop application has components (email or excel output) that had not been updated for newer versions of the software they are interfacing with. The other one is Sentrifugo a Human resource Web App, where there are no updates or activity from it’s founder in years. And lastly the BOSSIE’s awards has dropped the App category since 2017.
So, consider maintainers of those apps heroes, contribute as you can. Don’t let those products become those abandoned buildings in Instagram, they don’t deserve that.