Hello all,

I figured I'd throw in my 2 cents on the matter.  Please note, I'm not a
programmer and do not claim to be one.  My views are purely from the
standpoint of someone who has been using vpopmail happily for a couple
of years now.  It is one of the first open source software packages I
had the pleasure of using in Linux.

1. I agree with the decision to open a Sourceforge project for the
development of vpopmail.  Sourceforge is pretty much the de facto
standard with regards to open source projects.  If we're going to have
more development from the community at large, it would make sense to use
Sourceforge for the repository.

2. I disagree with the decision to leave Ken Jones off the ownership
list for vpopmail.  I recognize Tom's right to do so, but I still don't
think it's the right thing to do.  For whatever reasons, Ken has not
contributed to the vpopmail project as much (if at all) recently as he
has in the past.  I do not dispute this.  However, I do believe that
without Ken, or at least someone from Inter7, as one of the owners, this
may become a dead-end project.

3. I am heavily concerned that the latest stable release of vpopmail is
still at 5.2.1. I am troubled by this notion that it is acceptable in
the business world to run development level software in a production
environment, especially given that the latest development release keeps
changing.  What is the latest "stable" development release?  The fact
that Inter7 has, on more than one occasion right on this mailing list,
fed into this notion of development releases being ok for production
environments is a source of great annoyance.  A number of the different
software packages on Inter7's website no longer differentiate between
development and stable release.  IIRC, the latest stable version of
vqadmin requires a development version of vpopmail.

4. Given the failure of Inter7 with regards to point number three, who
is going to be responsible for deciding a particular development release
is good enough to be declared stable?  While the quickly increasing
version number on both vpopmail and qmailadmin is an impressive
statement about the power of community written software, anything
related to mail server operation is not a toy.  This is not something we
just sit around with on a computer in the back room and run it because
we can.  Those of us using the software in a production environment need
to know that there is a version where no new features were added and all
known bugs were fixed.  If 5.2.1 is the last version we're going to be
able to call a stable release, sysadmins running vpopmail will need to
decide if 5.2.1 is acceptable.  If not, it may be time to look into some
other virtual domain manager such as vmailmgr.  The same goes for


Robert Kropiewnicki

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