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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Research project
by Gone fishing on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 07:55 UTC
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The difference between open and closed source, is that when you get a closed source piece of software, you are getting a product or a service and that can end. Open-source is more like a research project, if the original researchers (developers) drop the project, if the project is worth continuing (going somewhere interesting etc) it will be taken up by new researchers. This is a more natural development process than closed source. My problem with Richard Stallman is he is too interested in promoting his slightly misconceived notion of Freedom, what the FSF should be doing is trying to find innovative ways of Funding software research.

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