Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 21st Jul 2012 23:06 UTC
In the News Okay, so this is entirely new to me. Sparrow is was an email client for Mac OS X and iOS (and Windows), which brought a decent Gmail experience to these platforms - as opposed to Apple's own not-so-good Gmail support and Google's Gmail iOS application which, well, is just a webpage. Google has now acquired Sparrow, and basically all hell has broken loose, to the point of Rian van der Merwe writing that 'we' lost "faith in a philosophy that we thought was a sustainable way to ensure a healthy future for independent software development, where most innovation happens".
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I'd say it was a good post too...with one exception and that is this: Frankly FOSS doesn't "guarantee" anything anymore than proprietary, it only gives the possibility, nothing more, that it may continue.

How many projects are lying dead right now on SourceForge? If one were to look at the top 100 FOSS programs from 2000, how many of them are still around?

Honestly i don't know the answers but I bet many are gone because just using the software doesn't magically make you a developer, nor does it give the fans enough capital to hire a full time dev team to support it.

In the end i say just use what works and if they go away tomorrow? Well if the software was in any way popular I'm sure someone will come along happy to take those users, if not? Well then you'll just have to find another program.

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