The original message follows (with permission of the author), so you can make your own conclusions. Personally, I can't believe the financial backers can seriously think, with the growing number of OTHER MTAs out there, that if sendmail(open-source) was to vanish, that everyone would just immediately shell out money for sendmail(commercial) and not switch to a different free-as-in-beer product from someone else.
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 10:45:24 -0600
From: "Michael Phillips \(KF4PFW\)" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Anyone remember Livingston...(Explanation.....)
And on a similar thread is Sendmail.Com. We made the decision to purchase Sendmail Single Switch in April of this year. Our decision was based at least partially on the fact that Sendmail OpenSource had supported us for some time and it was time to lend support to a program we relied quite heavily on.
Fast forward to last week when we had an issue with Sendmail we needed to resolve. For the very first time, we decided that it would be cheaper for us to contact Sendmail.Com's tech support to get assistance with the problem.
After finding out that we *had* to purchase a 5 pack support contract @ $495.00, we next inquired about upgrading to Sendmail Single Switch 2.2.
The cost? $1295.00. Now, considering we paid $495 for the original (non-upgrade) and Sendmail wants over 3x for an *upgrade*, we felt this was, cough, excessive. I next spoke with the Inside Sales Director who informed me that while she agreed with me that Sendmail was loosing touch with reality, the folks funding Sendmail.Com had decided to concentrate strictly on the Fortune 500 and to hell with everyone else. She also volunteered that Sendmail Open Source was now vulnerable to being dropped from development in the very near future. I pointed out to her that this would more than likely be the kiss of death for Sendmail.com and she agreed, however those that were providing their funding thought otherwise.
My opinion? Sell any stock in Sendmail as well. As for us, we are now converting over to Postfix and will no longer use/support Sendmail.
I feel that Sendmail can be listed right under Livingston as a great company gone bad in the search for profitable stocks.