I would like a better way of supporting the developer. Places like Steam and GOG not only give me a way of supporting the developers put also give me a way of building up a collection.
Originally Posted by Vim_User
I absolutely agree that Patrick Verner has put a *lot* of work and love in this project, it is my favourite open source project and I have been recommending it for years.
Personally I have absolutely nothing against donating him 5 dollars, or even 10.
The problem is, making an open source project paid has always killed it. I could name endless examples. Also, making a living or a viable business out of OSS has never worked, except maybe for Red Hat.
I don't know exactly why people do not want to spend money for a good open source project. Personally I have paid quite some money for Linux distributions. But many simply can't. For some even 5 dollars are a lot of money. Others have no way of paying online.
The main app is gparted and everybody can create iso images with that. I see no huge deal to update gparted if it would be needed but i still use an older version with a hotfix that allows me to create fat filesystems on raid devices. Thats the main bug i found, no idea what else was fixed. If somebody provides an iso image with only gparted and some extra tools or not does not affect me at all. If somebody has a gparted ppa and writes a little script that creates another live image with that repository the effect would be the same. Debian Live is for simple projects very easy to use - for Kanotix there are LOTS of hacks, but for this app i would not care for those optimisations.
Glad to see you here
I used your distribution for years, it was my main OS. But then things change in life...
Nowadays I use mainly OS X
Signed up here just to post my thoughts.
The author of this software is lucky I have used it before, I have used this and gparted amd this is way better. However if I had never used it before I wouldnt know that, there is no trial or free use as such, I only know as I used it in the past.
He also better be prepared to support his product as I also remember in the past I had a hell of a time getting it to boot on my laptop, the kernel and bootloader were both finicky on the hardware.
I paid for the yearly subscription, however I will not be renewing it, I paid because the software helped me a lot before and I consider this playment for that, because of his plight. however his pricing model I cannot back up.
5usd is not a lot of money to buy software I agree, however it is a lot when it has to be paid for each new version. I dont know of any software that sells in this capacity, usually its either lifetime (getting rarer admittedly) or at least for a fixed period of time. I feel his 50usd for a year is overpriced, especially for people who have never used it before and are esentially taking a punt. Of course this can be looked in other ways, someone might be using it 100s of times a day commercially in which case 50usd a year is great value, but another person might be using it for personal use maybe once or twice a year. In that case 5usd is maybe reasonable 50usd probably not. But paying got a single version with no updates is hard to swallow. I feel he has gone too agressive, and to read that he was planning to charge more than 5usd for the single download as well, wow.