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Early adopters will be offered a 6 month free license in version 23

We've tried to make it clear to users that ExQuilla is intended in the long run to be a for-pay addon. This will begin with versions of ExQuilla that are compatible with Thunderbird 24 and later.

We really appreciate the early adopters of ExQuilla, who have played a valuable role in understanding which issues are most important to users, and finding bugs and problems. As a reward for that service, we are offering a free license to early adopters that is valid until March 1, 2014. Early adopters however have to claim that license by clicking on a dialog in Thunderbird.

If you are running ExQuilla version 23 and have successfully logged into an Exchange account, you will be presented with a dialog to get the free license. If you accept, a free license will be generated from our license server, and applied to your account. However, you must complete this prior to September 1, 2013, as the license server will no longer be generating early adopter licenses after that date.

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions concerning the transition to the pay model, and the early adopter license.

  1. Why are you transitioning to a pay model?

    Simply put, because ExQuilla has from the start intended to be a business and not a hobby. ExQuilla represents years of effort, and to justify that effort and the continuing effort in support, maintenance, and improvements, it needs to generate income.

  2. Others seems to generate their income from donations and advertising, why not ExQuilla?

    Other extensions earn some income from donations and advertising, but for the vast majority of extensions the amount is typically a couple of orders of magnitude below the amount required to pay the developers at prevailing wages. I am not willing to work for the income that donations and advertising would generate (which would typically be much less than $1 per hour), nor do I think it is reasonable to expect that of others.

  3. Why do early adopters need to click on a dialog, instead of just automatically generating the free license?

    The free license needs to be time limited (which requires a server to implement reliably), and it needs the user's email address since licenses are tied to an email address. For privacy reasons, I did not want the extension to transmit an email address to a server without some warning and choice from the user.

  4. What are my choices if I do not want to get a license?

    Existing versions of ExQuilla will continue to work with Thunderbird 17, so you are free to continue to use versions of ExQuilla prior to version 24 with Thunderbird 17. However, if you update to the newer version Thunderbird 24 when it releases in September 2013, you will not be able to continue to use ExQuilla, as only ExQuilla 24 and later will be compatible with Thunderbird 24.

  5. How can you expect people to pay for ExQuilla without fixing [insert your bug or feature of choice here]?

    As much as I would like to have ExQuilla match all Outlook AND Thunderbird features, the current market for this extension does not seem to justify the team of 10 developers that would be required to do that. Same issue with bugs. Also, the payments for the extension contribute to the effort to improve the product by adding features and fixing bugs.

  6. What are the terms for the ExQuilla for-pay license?

    The exact details of the for-pay ExQuilla licenses have not been determined yet. However, the rough expectation is that ExQuilla will be licensed on a one-year subscription model, with an annual subscription costing approximately $10. You will need to have at least one account configured using the email from the license.

  7. My email is transmitted with the license request, what is your privacy policy with that email address?

    The email address will be used within subsequent versions of the ExQuilla addon to verify license validity. We will not send emails to the addresses from the licenses, nor will we give or sell those email addresses to others.

 

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    Michael Potaczala

    For the licensing scheme you are looking at, will that be a per workstation, per user, or per site/volume license?  For the situation this add-on is useful for me, a per site or volume license for X users (where X is determined at purchase time) would be of use and more likely that I would be able to invoke funds to be spent by those who hold the purse strings.

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    Kent James

    I'm still tweaking these sorts of issues. At the very least, the basic license will support a particular personal email address. That is, you will need to have the email address in the license configured in the Thunderbird profile to use the license. So that would mean you could then have additional accounts on the same machine/license, or use the same license on different machines that used the same email address.

    I will probably also support the same basic concept as a domain license, that is "volume license for X users (where X is determined at purchase time)" that is tied to the email domain, so the license would work as long as there is at least one email configured on the machine using that domain.

    For version 23 though, all that I am trying to accomplish is to make sure that early adopters have a free license that will work with the basic email-limited scheme for an additional period of time. I should also note there is currently an automatic 60 day universal license that is created when a user first uses ExQuilla.

    Any feedback though of expectations of how this should work is appreciated.

     

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    Michael Potaczala

    Licensing for a domain (e.g. @example.com) would do exactly what I'm looking for.

    From a business/corporate point of view, having to pay a yearly fee to receive updates is rather common. A lot of software these days have Software Maintenance & Support (SMS) contracts which are at minimum yearly renewed.

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    Hektor Zambigo

    Guess I'll just stick with old versions until I can figure out another solution.  If I wanted to spend money I could just pay for Outlook and get the expected Exchange support.

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    William McInnis

    Hey my work is blocking your site for some odd reason macafee so i cant request my free license! is there another way i can do this? will.mcinnis(at)racksapce.com

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    Boyce Crownover

    I am the IT guy for a company with about 50 Outlook licenses. I'd love to replace them with Thunderbird+ExQuilla but I honestly don't think they'd be happy with the change where things are now. I'm still trying to work with ExQuilla enough to be sure I can give it a fair trial. I suspect I'm a rather good example of your target audience. You've already responded to my most desired feature, so I'm optimistic that by the time it turns to a pay model for real, we'll be ready to consider a switchover. What do we care about? We care about shared address book (already have another plugin that does that for me) and shared calendars (the one I have tried wouldn't do what I wanted so there is room for improvement there) and security, and as you've already indicated PKI/cert stuff is coming. I'd be happy to be at least one of your early customers if Thunderbird is up to par when it happens. If it is good enough, we could be 50.

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    Kent James

    William McInnis: I sent you the license by email to the rackspace address.

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    Rainer Friedrich

    I would like using the addon with portable TB and with a couple of accounts. Will this be possible? Thx. 

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    Kent James

    Rainer: I tested ExQuilla with Thunderbird Portable, and it seemed to work OK. See my comments made today at https://exquilla.zendesk.com/entries/27627626-Will-ExQuilla-work-with-Thunderbird-Portable-  If you have other questions or experiences to share, it would be best to add them there.

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    Rainer Friedrich

    Thanks for the reply: My questions was more about the licensing scheme. I use portable on two notebooks and would like to use it with a couple of accounst (three or so). How much will the license be cost? Is the license nodelocked?

     

    Thx.

     

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    Rainer

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    Kent James

    Licensing is tied to an email address, which must be in use on the profile where Thunderbird is being used. So for the portable case, there is no restriction on using multiple machines, as long as the same email address is in use on all machines. There is no explicit or hidden connection to a particular machine. The license code itself, which is a short character string, is stored in the profile as well, so it should also transfer automatically to multiple machines in the Portable case.

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    Rainer Friedrich

    Thx, if I use multiple adresses I have to buy multiple licenses which are tied to the adresses?

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    Kent James

    The licensed email must be in use on the profile where ExQuilla is used, but if that email is in use then you can also use other emails. But if you have one machine that uses user1@example.com, and a second machine that uses user2@example.net, that requires two licenses. If you have two machines, that each run a profile containing both emails, that requires one license.

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    Rainer Friedrich

    Thx, is it the same for "subdomains"? I have adresses in the form @XXXX.YYYY.DE and @ZZZZ.XXXXX.YYYY.DE?

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    Kent James

    We should really be having this conversation in either a private support ticket, or in an email conversation to rkent@mesquilla.com

     

    The goal here is not to try to squeeze additional license revenue from you, but to make it as easy as possible to maintain this licensing scheme. If you have a particular set of issues,  and the number of possibilities is small, the easiest thing would be to explain the situation specifically, and I can probably figure out a way to accommodate your needs on a single license. If you had an unusual email addressing scheme, say like you were embedding metadata about the email message in the email address, that would be a little harder to accommodate without changes to the underlying code, but I might still be open if the scheme might affect more than one user.

    Or you could just pick a base email address and add it to all of your profiles and use that as the licensed address.

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    Michael Potaczala

    Is licensing is still tied to a specific email address or have you had opportunity to add in licensing based on just the email domain?

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    Kent James

    Licensing based on the domain is supported in the code, but there is no purchase mechanism in place for this yet. I could do a domain purchase manually, but in the long run it would be better to have this on the user interface for the purchase transaction provider (Fastspring).

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