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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Premature conclusions
by Soulbender on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 04:24 UTC
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The fact that Sparrow got purchased by Google does not invalidate this theory/philosophy on paying for apps.
Sure, paying for the apps might help but unless your app is insanely succcessful, like Angry Birds or something, having a handful of users pay $5 isn't going to put food on the table.
But does this mean you should stop paying? Certainly not. Every little bit helps and the people paying probably helped Sparrow going longer than it would have otherwise.

On a related note, making your software OSS does not ensure it won't die. It just makes it easier for the community to continue the project if the original developers stop. Of course, this only works if there are developers in the community willing to do so.

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