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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lucas_maximus
Member since:
2009-08-18

Oh more open source zealot bollox.

Seriously all the evils things that you are highlighted regarding privacy etc. are pretty easy to discover with a copy of fiddler/wireshark and a decompiler/hex editor.

The rest, how dare someone make a living by working to support a newer set of features, which take time and money to create.

This sort of rubbish continues because fundamentally a lot of open source proponents don't actually understand how software works ... they think they know how it works and think FOSS is the be all and end all.

Come back to me when you have actually been through a few death marches.

Edited 2012-07-22 17:14 UTC

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tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

Keep sucking on that FUDgesicle. There's nothing that says you can't charge for support on FOSS. Red Hat, Inc. made a BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS doing that last year.

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lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

That is because their product is significantly complicated to warrant it.

Something like that mail app isn't, and any programmer worth his salt could fork and/or clone it.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

There's nothing that says you can't charge for support on FOSS. Red Hat, Inc. made a BILLION FUCKING DOLLARS doing that last year.

Yeah, Red Hat did. Meanwhile, Mandriva or SUSE are mostly gone.
(plus, the support model has some issues - it kinda promotes software which needs that support, and/or which is used in the relatively few fields which fit with and can justify ongoing support costs)

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