David Harris writes:

Date:Fri, 26 Jun 1998 12:27:09 +1200
Reply to:Pegasus Mail Announcments
From:David Harris
Subject:We need your support.
To:PM-NEWS@UA1VM.UA.EDU

July 6th, 1999: More information on this subject.

For more than eight years, I have been making Pegasus Mail available as a free service, in support of ideals that in some ways seem to be becoming increasingly irrelevant in the Internet of the late 1990s. It's always seemed important to me that people should have options, especially when it comes to things as vital as communication - but the clear growing apathy within the general Internet Community, and the self-evident stranglehold Microsoft is well on the way to establishing over the entire industry, make me question whether my idealistic views are shared by many other people any more.

At some point, realism has to intrude into every idealistic dream, and the reality is that Pegasus Mail has become an expensive product to develop: I employ staff, maintain premises, buy hardware and software, pay for electricity and communications - all the things for which any regular business budgets week by week. My only source of income is sales of manuals, and in the leadup to the release of version 3.0, orders dropped considerably: I have presumed that this was because people were waiting until v3.0 was released... Now I need to find out for sure if this is the case.

I've always tried to avoid asking my users for support - I've done it a couple of times, but it's not something I like doing. At this point, however, I am faced with a clear need to find out whether or not Pegasus Mail is still the useful, necessary alternative I have always tried to provide, or whether it is reaching the end of its useful life and is no longer required. To do this, I'm asking you to help me if you can by purchasing a manual set. I really hate asking people to "vote with their pocketbooks", as it were, but at the moment, financial support is the kind most needed if the future of Pegasus Mail is to remain assured.

In an ideal world, I wouldn't have to sell the manuals at all - grants or other kinds of funding would allow me to do the work without having to rely on my users for support... But there are no grants and no funding, there is only you: in the end, Pegasus Mail exists to serve you, and you are the ones who determine whether or not it succeeds.

I think WinPMail version 3.01b is the best version there's ever been - I'm quite happy to admit that I'm proud of it and that I think it's good work. I enjoy making it available and improving it, and I can't imagine what it would be like to live a life that didn't revolve around it any more... I'd much sooner not have to find out, so I hope you'll choose to help me keep things going for a long time yet.

Cheers!

-- David --

David Harris
Author, Pegasus Mail.

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