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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There's nothing that says you can't charge for support on FOSS. Red Hat, Inc. made a BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS doing that last year.

Yeah, Red Hat did. Meanwhile, Mandriva or SUSE are mostly gone.
(plus, the support model has some issues - it kinda promotes software which needs that support, and/or which is used in the relatively few fields which fit with and can justify ongoing support costs)

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