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[8]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 20:20 UTC in reply to "RE[7]: Comment by marcp"
marcp
Member since:
2007-11-23

Go ahead and search the web. There are gazillions of other projects with the same/different functionality, etc.

Personally I use one of them, which is FlatPress. Great piece of software, no fees, awesome community. But that's just an example. There are many, maaaany others.

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RE[9]: Comment by marcp
by lucas_maximus on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 21:09 in reply to "RE[8]: Comment by marcp"
lucas_maximus Member since:
2009-08-18

I think Wordpress is by far and away the best by miles, I would put it above most other offers (even .NET, though I hate PHP).

But lets face it most open source software is for development of some sort.

I know there are big projects like Firefox etc etc that aren't geared towards that, but tbh ... even Firefox is now more of a "developers browser" in my mind now. I use Chrome at home.

I was recently speaking to one of our Oracle DBAs and he admits there is a different mindset between *nix and Windows people.

It is a difference in culture and putting it into ideals just isn't helpful IMHO, one should refrain from this.

Edited 2012-07-23 21:09 UTC

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RE[10]: Comment by marcp
by marcp on Mon 23rd Jul 2012 21:57 in reply to "RE[9]: Comment by marcp"
marcp Member since:
2007-11-23

You know, it's not really about the fact that open source is thought about as the developer's tool. It's just one of possible mindsets. Others use it everyday as a final product, not just a minefield for testing new stuff before releasing it into the public as a close-sourced, binary product with branding.

Other thing is that there are really fundamental differences between open and free software. I was actually talking more about free, not open source software [or that's what I've been thinking of], while some of you may only think of it as an open source software. That brings a great deal of misunderstanding. Free software is usually being treated as the final product by the creators, open source may be just a minefield to others.

I think it underlines the problem pretty well.

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