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[5]: Comment by sicofante
by marcp on Tue 24th Jul 2012 09:07 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by sicofante"
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Hello again,

As I already said I do realize I generalized the problem. However, the real issue remains unsolved: we have NO access to proprietary code. Nobody can see if it's really good, or if it's just a badly written code.
How would you measure code quality if you don't have an access to the source? DO you want to judge upon such factors as "stability"? Well, this can be accomplished by using dirty hacks, tricks inside the code. Everything runs just fine, but the code is NOT good, which is something you should already know as an OpenBSD user [I am an OpenBSD user and OpenBSD [3rd party] software developer myself, so I thought we should share the same point here].

As of the other things you mentioned: I do not say that every proprietary code developer writes "crap". I just say we have no ways to see what's the real value of proprietary code.

Bye and sorry it it makes you angry. That was not the point. It was and is all about access, knowledge and quality.

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