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[2]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 10:23 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by marcp"
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

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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RE[3]: Comment by marcp
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 15:24 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by marcp"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

Other than browsers which make money when a user searches, how many successful consumer software products do you know that are open source?

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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by Thom_Holwerda on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 16:38 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
Thom_Holwerda Member since:
2005-06-29

Other than browsers which make money when a user searches, how many successful consumer software products do you know that are open source?


Virtually all web services run on, use or are built with open source software. Facebook, Google, Twitter, and a gazilion others - all consumer products. Then there's browsers (as you mentioned), Android (massive success story if there ever was one), Linux (powers god knows how many consumer products) - and this is just what I can think of without trying.

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RE[4]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:12 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I hope you did a research on your side.

Have you ever seen CMS, Blog, Web Portal, etc software of any sort? it usually shares open source model. It gives you "community" version, and paid one [commercial]. Feel free to contact the authors of this software. They won't tell you how much they earn, but I can assure you that these are successfull businessess.

Examples:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems

We also have Red Hat, IBM, HP using and promoting open source worldwide.

That's supplementary to what Thom have said.

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