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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Open Source email clients
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:05 UTC
arpan
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2006-07-30

There are many free & Open Source email clients like Thunderbird. But for some reason Sparrow became popular.

It shouldn't be that hard to skin and modify Thunderbird to look and behave like Sparrow, but it didn't happen there, instead a much smaller team built a client that so many users are so passionate about.

And I'm pretty sure that this app will reappear under a new name pretty soon. It's not dead, just a small gap and a new brand name.

It doesn't matter if an application is Open Source or not. The success of the software depends on the people creating it. Very few projects succeed once the original people leave.

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