Snippet: Retiring Tucows Downloads ☍

Shared on January 24, 2021

Tucows CEO Elliot Noss:

We have made the difficult decision to retire the Tucows Downloads site. We’re pleased to say that much of the software and other assets that made up the Tucows Downloads library have been transferred to our friends at the Internet Archive for posterity.

The shareware downloads bulletin board system (BBS) that would become Tucows Downloads was founded back in 1993 on a library computer in Flint, MI. What started as a place for people in the know to download software became the place to download software on the burgeoning Internet. Far more quickly than anyone could have imagined.

If you’re of a certain age group, you probably remember downloads from Tucows fondly, but probably haven’t used it in years. So it goes.

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