Peter Sunde announced the closure of the Hemlos project two years after the loud announcement after which the users collected about 100 thousand dollars for the development of secure messenger in just three days.
Lately we have been awfully quiet. The reasons are many, sad and non important right now. They have though made this project drag along and that made us understand a thing we feared for quite a while but neglected to accept. New messengers fails miserably.
While we have been working with Hemlis has several new and old messenger been released and updated. None has yet though even managed to make even a small scratch in the surface of the big. They have just grown bigger. Each new attempt have made us understand that our goal of creating a mass market messenger just based on the fact that it is private, secure and beautiful, is not nearly enough. As the only reason we are doing this is to give you viable huge scale alternative to the existing systems is there really only one thing to do at this stage.
Accept our current roadmap and goals as defunct. We understand that banging our heads into this wall does not serve a purpose. Releasing something that too few people will use, creates a product that can’t live without external capital. A road we are not willing to go.
So it is with a sad, tired and frustrated heart we feel we have to announce the current Hemlis roadmap and product dead. Hemlis can not live in the form we planned. We are ever so grateful for the love from our supporters, fans, beta testers and funders. It seems we can’t offer what we wanted from the shadows of the gigants.
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