From: Luke Ehresman <luke@sq...> - 2001-05-20 18:08:51
I just wanted to write and find out what you all think about the formation
of The Squirrelmail foundation? Patrick Lindsey wrote me and asked if we'd
ever thought about doing something like that, and said that he wanted to
help us get it up and running. I personally think it's a wonderful idea! I
believe it has the potential to extend SquirrelMail even beyond the Open
Source realms that it's in now, to the corporate setting -- Microsoft minded
people who are willing to pay for services.
Not only will we become more widely used, but providing a small income
stream to our developers will allow us to spend more time on the project. I
know that I personally will be able to quit my part-time job and dedicate
that time to SquirrelMail development.
This all came up pretty quickly, so let me explain what it is, and what it
To start off with, the SMF will operate off of donations from our users
until we get off the ground. Later, we will hire a support staff who keeps
on top of the mailing lists and knows all the problems that can arise in a
SquirrelMail installation. We will then sell support for SquirrelMail to
companies who want it. Yes, I know that our mailing lists are the best form
of support possible, but many Cathedral minded companies don't see that.
For example, Taylor University (where I go to school) is very much a
Microsoft shop. I have asked them if they'd want to run SquirrelMail, and
their answer was that they'd like to, but can't because there isn't anyone
to call for support. They want to have the security blanked that someone is
there to fix their problems if they should arise. And they will pay large
amounts of money for it (Taylor just spent a LOT of money to "upgrade" to
the latest and greatest (??) Exchange [which IMHO is horrible]).
Anyway, nothing will change with our being GPL'd, and totally free. We'll
of course never change from that. What the SquirrelMail Foundation WILL do
is take advantage of money thrown at us, and use that to pay our developers.
So, let me know what you think about this. Please do respond, I want to
know concerns that you might have.
. . Luke Ehresman
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