Grzyb wrote on 2021-07-26, 18:53:
Bad news, indeed.
The insecurity of FTP is totally irrelevant for sharing public stuff via anonymous FTP.
DOWNLOAD ALL THE VALUABLE STUFF FROM FTP SERVERS WHILE YOU CAN!
Heed this warning, please download FTP archives of useful old files before they're axed for good.
Very bad, when things are expunged without the consequences being fully thought about.
This is more artificial than anything of course, as leaving FTP in would hurt *nobody* and help many. But, no like the recent terrible IMDB.com changes, they eliminate what worked well before with a new version which takes away many of the useful features. Like DOS binaries have been arbitrarily thrown away just becacuse DOS is "obsolete" in programs which *could* still be compiled to run in DOS (RPGs, emulators, MAME, etc)
FTP servers are a good "backup" reposititory. But, since the FTPsearch engines have all disappeared, it's difficult to search for an exact filename anymore. Still, we're about to lose TONS of old drivers, DOS files, utilities, etc, so hopefully some kind souls who believe in software preservation will make mirrors of some of these FTP sites available over http, torrent, or whatever.
Wayback doesn't preserve ftp sites, either.