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Sun 09 Nov 2003

QPopper License Agreement

Category : Commentary/free.txt

I've been told that I may be in breach of the qpopper license agreement. I've read it.

It says, "If a party agrees to these terms and conditions, such party may copy and use Qpopper for any purpose, and distribute unmodified complete copies of Qpopper to any third party provided that such third party must agree to these terms and conditions prior to any use of Qpopper."

I haven't modified any part of the qpopper source. In the spirit of the letter, I feel that this does not preclude anyone from bundling an unmodifed binary into their product, shareware or otherwise.

If there is any breach, I think it would be in not knowing where and how to place the reqiured notices. I'll try to improve on this. But if anyone has any input, I would be willing to work on it.

In any case, I've taken Postfix Enabler off versiontracker. It's too much bother. I'm surprised that anybody would take issue with pricing it at 10 bucks. Only 0.3 % of the people who used Sendmail Enabler ever paid. That's about the kind of return Postfix Enabler is following. That's human nature. It's a fully functional working version whether you pay or not. So the overwhelming majority of people just don't pay.

But I felt that it was better to say upfront that it's shareware. You're paying for the convenience and the design and the idea, not (my goodness) Postfix or sendmail. It's better to say it's shareware, rather than free and then ask for people to send over gifts. Nothing is ever free. Somebody pays something at the end, even if it's not the direct beneficiary. But if this is so contentious, I've left it for people to decide what it's worth.

But over and above all these hot air, people have been remarkably nice and encouraging on the whole. Look, Mac users, don't keep fighting each other if you want the platform to grow. Don't look at the immediate needs. Look at the bigger picture.

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