Ryan Bagueros
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After years of running FreeBSD on my laptop, I decided to experiment with a MacBook Pro in late 2007. Four new MBPs later, the experiment continues :)

But for many reasons I'm a free software advocate through-and-through so I keep several FreeBSD desktops running -- these days, it easily competes with the OSX desktop.

But while I am in the Mac world, might as well try to leave some free software cultural values here (apple world sure could use them).

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ryanbagueros reviewed on 23 Nov 2011
For the longest time, I would see announcements about a new version of iTerm2 and would skip right past, thinking "what could it possibly have that Terminal.app doesn't? what a waste of time", I also missed that it was open source.

A month or two ago, I downloaded it and felt like a fool. There's all kinds of feature improvements over Terminal.app + I've switched over exclusively to iTerm2. I spend a lot of time in shell + I can't emphasize enough how much better life is with iTerm2.

ryanbagueros commented on 01 Nov 2011
Dear Postbox:

I hope you're making your money because I've got to say that I'm a little relieved from feelings of personal responsibility to help Thunderbird catch up with Postbox.

A year or two ago, having used tbird for many years, I installed Postbox ad like many published reviewers at the time, I was extremely impressed. The overall fee, the snappiness, the clean interface and UI/UX improvements were major improvements vs tbird.

Last week, I tried this same experiment (having switched temporarily to Apple's Mail + going back to mutt for some things). What I saw under close examination is the gap between tbird + postbox closing, quickly.

And, I saw postbox feeling the impact of paid customers vs free software community. Many people were dissatisfied with a lot of things and suddenly all the glowing praise was replaced by disgruntled end users.

I'm sure you feel this yourselves and I don't need to tell you. I know that I've spoken with postbox devs hanging out in tbird irc + I've seen some contributions back + I recognize that the more established tbird volunteers must maintain some public decorum towards postbox.

Given all that, I think everyone knows the state of tbird's project + postbox could have chosen a path that would have improved tbird while creating opportunities for a commercial derivative app -- in lieu of the more competitive approach taken.

There may be compelling reasons why postbox should not be looked upon as free software traitorism / parasitism. I'm unaware of any such reasons + I've asked several times. I'm still open to changing my mind but I felt it was high time to let it out.

For myself, I'm going to check out postbox 3 but the main impact postbox has on my life is to encourage me to donate time to tbird and help it outpace postbox in every way (which is why I need to use postbox 3).

I'm interested in hearing any response from postbox and I'll correct any wrong assumptions I've included here.
[Version 3.0.0]

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ryanbagueros replied on 02 Nov 2011
It's a review. The first half is about how the exact same software (basically) is available for free and has the added benefit of being free software.

The second half gives another reason why some users like myself wouldn't want to use PB3.


ryanbagueros replied on 23 Nov 2011
Thyx got it 90% right and the last 10% is this: if you can't understand that software licensing would factor into a review score, then I can't help you.

As originally stated, I've tried to get details from PB regarding this issue as a potential customer + supporter of their effort. I've always been ignored (as you see here -- they are diligently answering all other inquiries). I fail to see how this, too, doesn't qualify as review material.

It's a review.
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