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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Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:08 UTC
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It is either open, or it's vulnerable to such situations. Business will always be a business.

Personally I don't trust people who do what they do not from their own passion, but the passion for money. It can never end in a good way.

That's why I use open sourced/free software exclusively. I do support it in many ways and boy ... I got a boatload of great stuff in return.

I never used Sparrow. I suppose it was good. I used Thunderbird, but - as they're are "closing the business" - I switched to Claws-Mail. Now, that's an e-mail client! It may not look compelling, but it is truly a work of passion.

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RE: Comment by marcp
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 09:36 in reply to "Comment by marcp"
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Passionate people have to eat too!

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RE[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 10:23 in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
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That's one of the most rediculous thing we hear when someone says "Open Source", "Free Software", etc. It comes from misunderstanding.

*Open Source / Free Software does not imply lack of money / support / earnings*

In other words: you can live from Open Source / Free Software. License permits it and we have quite of the ecosystems built just for that purpose.

Having more from sharing less is a myth which was already debunked.

BESIDES: you never earn so little that you can't feed yourself, or your family. Let's put a scale on that, because it sounds stupid. You may not afford newest model of car, greates house on the earth, but you will not starve on Open Source / Free Software

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