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[4]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:12 UTC 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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RE[5]: Comment by marcp
by arpan on Sun 22nd Jul 2012 18:52 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by marcp"
arpan Member since:
2006-07-30

As I mentioned above, all these are tools that are used by developers who are capable of contributing back.

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RE[6]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 16:17 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

I beg to differ. CMS, WordPress, etc are not limited to developers. In fact, most of these products are designed to be dead easy to use by regular users. You are not required to modify any source code of WordPress in order to use it. In fact, most users are not capable of it.

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