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It's up to you now

On January 3rd 2007, I announced that development of Pegasus Mail and Mercury would be ceasing because of funding problems. The result was an absolute avalanche of mail, phone calls, faxes and other communications wanting me to continue.

Let me say emphatically that it was never my desire to cease development, but maintaining and supporting these programs is a full-time, expensive process, and I simply cannot do it without sufficient ongoing reliable financial support.

In response to the torrent of messages, though, I have now decided to restart development and distribution of both programs. To make this possible, it will be necessary to restructure the way I fund them in some way that will attract an adequate and sustained level of financial support. I and my test team are still working out the exact details of the changes we will make, but in a nutshell, it is likely that Pegasus Mail will become "donationware", while Mercury will become fully licensed based on numbers of mailboxes, with a certain base number of mailboxes provided free of charge. Public discussion (on the Pegasus Mail and Mercury mailing lists) will be solicited before any final decision is made.

Pegasus Mail and Mercury have served the Internet for seventeen years: it's now really up to you, the community they serve, to decide whether they make it to twenty years and beyond.

Please watch this space for further announcements.

David Harris,
Owner/Author Pegasus Mail and Mercury,
January 22nd 2007.


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