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Daniel Stenberg

curl turns 20! πŸŽ‚

At this time in 1998 Titanic was winning 11 Oscars, My Heart Will Go On was topping the music charts, and Daniel Stenberg was uploading the first public release of one of the most useful tools in Internet history. In this birthday post, Daniel walks down memory lane and says what those first few years were like: It was far from an immediate success. An old note mentions how curl 4.8 (released the summer of 1998) was downloaded more than 300 times from the site. We talked about curl on The Changelog when it was 17 years old. I think It’s time to bring Daniel back on to celebrate the big Two Oh. 🎊


Daniel Stenberg

Curl gets a spaceship progress bar

Starting in curl 7.58.0 If the total size is unknown, it will now instead display a small space ship flying across the line, back and forth – and it will only move as long as there is data being transferred. If it stalls, the little ship stops. Daniel calls this new progress bar style "useless", but we always love seeing people inject fun and whimsy in to their open source projects, even at curl's state of maturity. Curious what it looks like? There's a sample video on YouTube.

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