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[liberationtech] Heml.is - "The Beautiful & Secure Messenger"

Nick liberationtech at njw.me.uk
Wed Jul 10 06:07:42 PDT 2013


> > noone said it would be closed source. That's peoples guess. Like, your guess, I guess.

According to their twitter account, the answer is "maybe":
https://twitter.com/HemlisMessenger/statuses/354927721337470976

Peter Sunde (one of the people behind it) said "eventually", but
in my experience promises like that tend to be broken:
https://twitter.com/brokep/status/354608029242626048

> and the feature 'unlocking' aspect of the project - to be indication of a
> proprietary code base.

Frankly I can't see how they could get the "feature unlock" funding
stuff to work well if it's proper open source. As I'd expect people
to fork it to remove such antifeatures. It's a pity, as several new
funding models have been successful recently which are compatible with
free software, but this doesn't look to be one of them.



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