Gmail since 1999 but not by Google

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 5-Apr-2006 16:23

Whilst searching the interweb thing today, I found this page that indicates an email client called Gmail existed publicly as early as June 1999...

Perhaps Google bought the project? (can you buy a GPL project? I assume so), or maybe they were just muscled out?


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Comment by andrei, on 5-Apr-2006 22:52

dude, it's clearly a whole different thing.. google's gmail is a web interface, html+javascript... what you have here is a desktop application, it would be absurd to believe they bought it and completely rewrote it for the web..


Author's note by tonyhughes, on 6-Apr-2006 07:48

yes, but what im getting at is that the name was pre-existing and used for something so closely related, that surely there was some legal hurdles for them to use it? If they bought it, I would assume they would have bought it for the name only...


Author's note by tonyhughes, on 6-Apr-2006 08:04

Wow, it seems people like reading about Google, this post generated more than twice the views of anything before it, in just one day. And my Google/gmail them posts attract a higher number of visits full stop.


Comment by Anthony, on 6-Apr-2006 09:16

That, and your post is on Google News...


Author's note by tonyhughes, on 6-Apr-2006 09:31

Most of my posts make it to Google news i think (not just mine - all the Geekzone blogs)


Comment by Terry, on 6-Apr-2006 16:53

I don't think so. It's total different.


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