We ❤️ open source. Your Tutanota client is fully published as open source software. 😍 We even built our own captcha instead of using Google's Captcha. Read here why: https://tutanota.com/blog/posts/open-source-email/
@Tutanota Thats a real good way ;D
@Tutanota you all rock!
Isn't it super easy for robots to go through this?
@datione No, it works quite well. :)
@lenzgr The current server is too complex for most people, but we're thinking about releasing a small version in the future...
@Tutanota too complex? That sounds like a lame excuse to me. The Linux kernel is complex, still people contribute to it. I think you're either underestimating the capabilities of open source developers, or you're trying to protect your business by not releasing the server sources. Without these, the client is useless, open source or not...
@comrad @lenzgr Point taken, will elaborate: The server-side is not easy to set up. Individuals would not be able to set up their own instances without a lot of support - for which we don't have time as we want to focus on improving the client right now. We plan to develop a small open sourced server, easy to set up, but this is not on our immediate to-do list. @fsfe
If a user wants support they can ask the expert (you guys) and you can charge them for it. It is a normal and viable business model. Or you don't and just provide the open source code. 🙂
@comrad True, but we still have to develop the small server to enable self-hosting, even this will take a lot of time... We plan to do it, but first we have to get the email client perfect (lots of features are still missing: https://tutanota.com/roadmap/) to further raise the quota of people switching to the paid version. Then we can employ a dev who dedicates his entire time to open sourcing the server. Thanks for your patience!
@Tutanota @lenzgr @fsfe just a reminder that Open Source doesn’t mean free as in gratis. Especially the #GPL states that you are only required to provide the source code to who you‘ve given the software. And this can be very well only be to paying customers.
Open source is a chance for freedom of choice and should not be a burden to the developing company.
@paulakreuzer Unfortunately, part of it is run on the server so others can't use it (yet).
Server run by the main developers of the project It is not focused on any particular niche interest - everyone is welcome as long as you follow our code of conduct!