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[News] YAM goes Open SourceANN.lu
Posted on 24-Oct-2000 19:32 GMT by Christian Kemp12 comments
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Seehund writes: In an announcement on the YAM ML, Marcel Beck said YAM 2.2 will be the last update of YAM provided by himself. Instead, he will be releasing the source code on the YAM homepage. So, hopefully AmigaDE will get a decent e-mail client... ;)
Good and bad news

I've got some important news for you. Let's start with the bad ones:
I decided to stop working on YAM because I don't have the time any more to develop it further, and my interests have shifted to other things.

And now for the good news: YAM goes Open Source! All interested programmers will get the source code of YAM for free. During the next few days I will clean up the source and add some comments. In about one week a final version of "my" YAM will be published (just some small bug fixes). Then the source code of that version will be released at the YAM web site. E-mail support for YAM upto version 2.2 will be continued, of course.

If new versions of YAM become available (for AmigaOS or other operating systems), I'll put them on the YAM web site.

More news soon... stay tuned!
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 1 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Mekanix on 23-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
So when will we se at GTK-port? ;)
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 2 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Colin Wilson on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
I`d just like to thank Marcel for all his work over the years making Yam the best email client on the Amiga - wonder if we`ll be able to get a `doze port too - for now, i`m stuck with hacking the registry to make outlook say "I wish I was Yam" :-)
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 3 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Jerry Gibbons on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 4 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Ricossa on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
Thank you, Marcel !
Now, I hope a port to the new Amiga DE. Someone with the SDK and the necessary skills ?
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 5 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by XDelusion on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
You rule!!
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 6 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Kojak on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
Thank you very much, Marcel!
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 7 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by J on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
Cheers, Marcel!
Yam is fantastic, I hope someone ports to Amiga DE!
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 8 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Alan Buxey on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
Well, everyone gets new interests over time...and YAM has been in development for
a long long time...and is the best e-mailer on any platform!
But, why not put YAM onto SourceForge instead? In this way it can be developed
properly with developers using CVS to add new features, squash any bugs that'll
appear (because its now bug-free ;-) ) etc......otherwise I can see it fragmenting
into horrible pieces...with the Linux versions getting thsi, the AmigaOS versions
getting that etc etc
so PLEASE, think about releasing it as OpenSource properly... just releasing the
code will see it die in the most horrible way
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 9 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Gumshoe on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 8 (Alan Buxey):
Re: Sourceforge
I've already suggested this politely to Marcel, but he has yet to get back
to me.
This is *SO* important I believe. Not providing YAM a CVS repository will
be terrible - the project will fork horribly and we'll be in a terrible
mess. Some versions supporting this feature, othere versions supporting
that feature, and no versions supporting everything. Horrid.
In a word, this should be OpenSource (with capital letters), I don't think
there's any room for over inflated with a program like this - those who are
able, should just chip in and get the problems sorted out.
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 10 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by selco on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
YAM is a very great product. Thank you very much for all your work! I do hope to see another great Amiga application from you in the future ;)
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 11 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by CCRider on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
It's a pity that the best Amiga programmers are slowly moving out of
the scene... Opensourcing the programs isn't "the solution of all
problems". Take STRICQ for example: all the "programmer" that took
the source did was implementing a partial Locale support, when other
important things (like better compatibility with ICQ2000) are left
Marcel, we'll miss you. YAM was/is definitely the best e-mail program
in any platform.
Doug, where are you and your STRICQ+? :)
YAM goes Open Source : Comment 12 of 12ANN.lu
Posted by Dave Fisher on 24-Oct-2000 22:00 GMT
In reply to Comment 11 (CCRider):
Doug released an update to StrICQ a few days ago which addressed some of the ICQ2000 problems.
That said, its done EXACTLY why Alan Buxley was just talking about for YAM, and has forked. There is 0.1732 with Locale, one or two other tweaks to the GUI etc, and a 0.1728 (iirc) which is Dougs new release with the ICQ2k fixes. This is a right pain, and as a few others have said, if the same happens to YAM it'll be the end of it as it'll fragment too much.
Best Regards.
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