Content-type: text/html ~ Stephen's Web ~ Why 'free' proprietary software will always end in tears

Stephen Downes

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Long-time readers will know how often I'm posted about the sad results when some 'free' proprietary software suddenly imposed user fees, or worse, disappeared entirely, taking all your data with it. Just recently: "They'd just used SurveyMonkey to send out a time-critical survey for prospective attendees of a conference they were organising... using the 'free tier' (which they'd apparently done plenty of times previously)... when they went to the results, they found an unexpected limitation: they could only view the 'first 10 responses' under the free tier. To view more, they'd have to upgrade to the premium version." Surprise! No surprise. Dave Lane makes the argument, and this is a post that should be widely shared. Image: Reddit.

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Last Updated: May 30, 2024 12:37 a.m.

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