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: Open Source email clients
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:07 UTC in reply to "Open Source email clients"
arpan
Member since:
2006-07-30

Most of the Sparrow's users are probably non-programmers. I assume most of the Open Source devs are using Android. As such Sparrow's user base aren't equipped to continue development even if they had the source code.

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

Most of the Sparrow's users are probably non-programmers. [...] As such Sparrow's user base aren't equipped to continue development even if they had the source code.

You know, people that can't do plumbing at their home... contract plumbers. If a user can't program, he can contract programmers.

If people has the source code, it leaves an open door.

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arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Examples of this happening in the past. It takes a lot of effort, although something like kickstarter may be useful.

In the past I've seen stats from open source projects which mentioned that less than 1% of users donate to the project. That's not a lot.

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westlake Member since:
2010-01-07

You know, people that can't do plumbing at their home... contract plumbers. If a user can't program, he can contract programmers.


At what cost per billable hour?

Mozilla's only significant source of revenue is the add-click.

The mother lode.

But not enough to keep Thunderbird from being retired to maintenance mode.

Google abandons projects at a dizzying pace and it has money to burn.

It is one thing to call in a plumber for a routine installation or repair.

If you have an ambitious custom job mind, say construction of a garden pool and waterfall, you'll need a contractor, maybe an architect or engineer, who specializes in these things and can see the problem as a whole.

Which means that the bill is likely to skyrocket.

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