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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by Keybounce on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 11:13 UTC
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Complaints about a loss of faith in a "philosophy" that amounted to expecting that buying a product meant you had an ethical claim on the vendor is nonsense.

All talk of "supporting" a product, in the closed and open worlds, is silly and naive.

Open source does not guarantee any product will survive. The arena is littered with products that died when their devlopers lost interest. Sure, other developers can pick them up or fork them, but they lose interest, as well.

Besides, a closed product like Sparrow can be emulated, rather than forked. Sparrow showed there is a market for a simple, cheap email client for OS X. Maybe someone else will try to exploit that.

In any case, users are at the mercy of developers, open and closed. If they don't want to code it, there's nothing we can do about it.

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