If the missing source description at [url=http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline#The_quest_for_the_Freeciv_source]http://freeciv.wikia.com/wiki/Timeline#The_quest_for_the_Freeciv_source[/url] still is current the following links to the sources of the Freeciv Debian packages may be of interest:
[url=http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-branches/ubuntu/precise/freeciv/precise/changes]Bazaar branch containing 1.14.1, 1.14.2 and other tagged versions.[/url]
Debian package maintainers usually keep the packaging in a file separate from the originally source archive. They usually mark the source code as modified if it has been changed. As an example "dfsg" is added to the name of the orig file if portions considered non free have been removed. (Debian packaging in upstream files is often stripped away)
The Bazaar branch has [url=http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~ubuntu-branches/ubuntu/precise/freeciv/precise/changes/1.2.18]separate threads[/url] in it's history tracking upstream versions. If you have the launchpad Bazaar plug in you can download the branch to a folder freecivUbuntu by typing
|bzr branch lp:ubuntu/freeciv freecivUbuntu[/quote]|
If you have the qbzr Bazaar plugin you may explore the history (including it's various threads) by typing
from the folder you downloaded the branch to and clicking on the + signs next to merge revisions. It may be worth looking around in the history in case I have over looked Freeciv source code versions. From the branch the sources for the various versions of Freeciv may be checked out and put in an archive.
Thanks for the thought -- I hadn't thought to look at old Linux distros (only things like sunsite). I'm new to this hunt, maybe rp has been down this road already.
Unfortunately it seems that Freeciv was first packaged in Debian 2.0 (hamm), as 1.5.2 -- I can't find it in the archive for the previous version (1.3, bo). So I doubt the history of any Debian-based distro is going to help us -- we already have 1.5.2 (see what we have [url=http://download.gna.org/freeciv/stable/OLD/]here[/url]). Most of what we're missing is pre-1.5.0 (although there are some later gaps).
Maybe some other distro has history going back further, but I suspect Debian will turn out to be the best archivists. I can't find old versions of Red Hat on a quick look.
I'm sure someone must have some of these hanging around on their hard drive. (I've checked mine, and the earliest I have is 1.10.0 -- I'm such a n00b [img]images/smiles/icon_biggrin.gif[/img] )
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