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This thread has indeed been dead in the water for a very long time and it has confirmed my suspicions that polls and suggested improvements posted in this English language XAMPP for Windows forum are not read or perhaps not taken too seriously by anyone of any consequence in the XAMPP development hierarchy.
So new members wanting to start a poll or wishing to make a suggestion to improve XAMPP are more than likely wasting their time posting here, but may be better off sending a PM with their suggestion directly to one of the XAMPP developers.
This very recent thread in the German language forum Announcements and News
(Ankündigungen und Neuigkeiten
) is what rubber stamped my conclusion above:
Basically the thread was to inform of a new beta release and a seasons greeting, but turned into reports of beta issues leading into a post about the change in the license of Mercury Mail.
The Mercury Mail license informer then goes on to mention hMailServer:
(A machine translation quote from his post
Oswald, the forum Admin and a developer of XAMPP was surprised by this license change and suggest that he is stuck with Mercury Mail because it has the qualities he wants of it, and may have chosen, at this point, to ignore the comments about an alternative in the above post, because he quite simply never mentions it, not even once.
(Machine translations are not always the most accurate of translations
He goes on to list those qualities:
(A machine translation quote from his post which is not very good
1. He must anywhere in the file system call. (In order to continue to move XAMPP.)
2. He must not suppose registry entries.
3. It must simply be out-of-the-box function.
4. He must also next to SMTP POP3 or IMAP.
He then asks one of the other XAMPP developers, Kay, if he would like to add to the above list - Kay has not responded so far.
Then Oswald makes a suggestion that if anyone knows of an alternative with those required qualities he would consider it's inclusion in XAMPP.
So as you can see this thread, this poll and this hMailServer suggestion has not been sighted or has not been taken into account or it has been decided that Hmailserver does not have those qualities that Mercury has.
If it's any consolation, I know that there are many XAMPP users out there who use hMailServer and are happy with it, instead of using Mercury Mail.
So please don't resurrect this useless poll and thread again - thanks.