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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RE: How to live from open source.
by ricegf on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 19:23 UTC in reply to "How to live from open source."
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Sure there are lots of benefits in using open source applications, even I use lots of open source applications.

Don't feel bad. Even hardcore open source haters use open source now. It's unavoidable.

Open source only works in products where the developers can get the money by selling services on top of it, or hardware that makes use of the said software.

Most large successful and high-quality open source products work because they receive corporate backing.

Android Linux is probably the best example, with IBM and Red Hat providing steady revenue for the kernel, Sun for the VM (at least pre-Oracle), and Google for the userland. Google also largely funded Firefox, which kicked proprietary monopoly IE's tail from Scranton to LA, and then Chromium, which made the browser market a three horse plus change race.

Small indie developers sometimes make good and change the world, of course (BitTorrent, anyone?), but the big names in large open source projects are funded by corporations that profit from them - for better or worse.

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