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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by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:08 UTC
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It is either open, or it's vulnerable to such situations. Business will always be a business.

Personally I don't trust people who do what they do not from their own passion, but the passion for money. It can never end in a good way.

That's why I use open sourced/free software exclusively. I do support it in many ways and boy ... I got a boatload of great stuff in return.

I never used Sparrow. I suppose it was good. I used Thunderbird, but - as they're are "closing the business" - I switched to Claws-Mail. Now, that's an e-mail client! It may not look compelling, but it is truly a work of passion.

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