Software Preservation Dilemma: Accessibility versus Authenticity

In a previous blog post, I introduced Re-Resolver, our experimental software preservation project in which we attempt to recreate the classic, but no longer functional iOS app Resolver by analyzing its features and rewriting the app from scratch. Re-Resolver is open source and available on GitHub, and will be made available on the app store later this summer.

With the project, we are exploring this method of software preservation to find questions. Is this really preservation, or is it something else? Is this method worth the effort?

In this blog entry I’ll focus specifically on one unexpected dilemma that came up while trying to duplicate the original app: the conflict between accessibility and authenticity.

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