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Martyne Hallgren (martyne@nr-atp.cit.cornell.edu) Thu, 21 May 1998 22:16:51 -0400 (EDT)

Hi Folks

Let me introduce myself. My name is Martyne Hallgren, Assistant Director for Technology and Service Evaluation and Development at

Cornell. The CU-SeeMe project is now part of my group. If you recognize my name, its because I've been the director for the CU-SeeMe Consortium and the contact for source licences.

There's been considerable discussion on the list about the future of the free version of CU-SeeMe, what features will be in the next version, if there will be a next version, etc etc. Let me assure you that free CU-SeeMe will continue - Cornell (and

I represent Cornell now) is not going to let it simply fade away .. But as you know, the entire development team has gone on to other adventures. As a result, I'm hard at work at pulling together another team of folks to work on CU-SeeMe from now on.

Which brings me to cu-seeme'rs around the net who are currently passing around the latest alpha versions. I'm sure you have the best of intentions but I would greatly appreciate that you stop distributing copies of these. I appreciate your enthusiasm and support for the program, but I'm sure you understand that having uncontrolled release of alpha code is taking away time that is better spent on putting together the team who will get the next real release out. I have contacted some folks directly about stopping their distribution and I want to thank them for their prompt action and support.

The alpha copies that are out now were originally put into the hands of a limited number of folks to assist in debugging, something that is a standard practice. We've just recently found some incompatibilities with some reflectors that need to be resolved before anything goes into wide distribution.

In addition, I do not believe that releasing software, even free software, without a support team to deal with unexpected problems is a responsible course of action for Cornell to take and I will not do this.

This is a transition period for everyone which makes everyone think the worst, of course!! but let me assure you, I am committed to keeping CU-SeeMe and the CU-SeeMe Community (that's you guys!) alive and well.. its going to take a little bit of time to get things organized, but in the end, the next release of Cornell's CU-SeeMe will be worth the wait..

See you on the Net..


------------------------------------- ------------------ Martyne M. Hallgren martyne@cornell.edu Assistant Director Tel: 607 255-5421 Technology and Service Evaluation and Development (TSED) Cornell Information Technologies Fax: 607 255-9086