An old friend/colleague sent me this url:
And in particular wanted me to read this response to the posting in question.
The response is pretty good, and right up front talks about two projects (see here and here respectively) that I had the pleasure to work on.
The work we did at NRL lives on today in many places either directly or indirectly. We have our war stories (no pun intended), including locking horns with GPL-bigots who did not like that we were going to put out our software with a BSD license, in spite of our funding sources' requirements that our work be directly transferable into commercial products.
So raise your glasses to the new, folks, but don't forget the old. And also don't forget that just because you remember history, it doesn't mean that you can't make the good parts repeat!