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Subject: Re: MUA elitism
From: "Roger B.A. Klorese" <rogerk @ queernet . org>
Date: Fri, 05 Jul 2002 09:56:26 -0700
To: Rich Kulawiec <rsk @ magpage . com>
Cc: list-managers @ greatcircle . com
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Rich Kulawiec wrote:
1. Users *do* have a choice.  There are plenty of decent MUAs available --
many of them at zero cost -- which perform the same core set of MUA tasks
as O/OE but with considerably lower risk to the user, the user's
correspondents, the user's network, and the co-inhabitants of any mailing
lists that the user happens to be on.

Most users in corporate environments do not have a choice.

Most users in home environments find the barrier to exercising that choice -- downloading and configuring software to do the job of something they already have -- to be a waste of their time.

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