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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Nth_Man
Member since:
2010-05-16

if not? Well then you'll just have to find another program.

That's another problem :-( . A lot of proprietary software sellers are not interested in the free market and... will put severe obstacles to you and me to stop us finding another program :-(

Some of them have been sent to trial and convicted, for example:
http://antitrust.slated.org/www.iowaconsumercase.org/011607/2000/PX...
Emails about the "problem" of "Office documents to be rendered very well by other peoples browsers" and employees being given the order "make sure that Office very well depends on PROPRIETARY IE capabilities".

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

More FUD.

In some cases this maybe true, but this is usually in terms of bespoke software not commercial.

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Nth_Man Member since:
2010-05-16

It's in the egotists interests of a lot of people to make difficult for the others to choose alternatives. So this way they have a vendor "lock-in", earning money through monopolies, leaving people without choice.

> More FUD.
This is not FUD, I even gave a reference to a trial.

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