i love open source and the loads of free stuff .
But here is the problem with open source developers> developers dont get paid , and over the course loose interest over their NON-paying hobby projects , or they are not able to maintain their product due to lack of funds for the network hosting, etc.
Not to blame the developers, but DEVELOPERS NEED TO EAT, they need to have money to concentrate on the free product they are making. else they tend to take more interest towards their paying jobs eventually they loose all interest in their open source program.
there have been many examples[not to name specific softwares], where the developers have blocked the repos for lack of funds to keep the site running, devs dropping out of projects and asking for someone else to take over the project.
imagine the possibility of a free equivalent products ,which work as good as the proprietary programs or even better.
Open source CANNOT sustain itself unless devs get money.
and i hate the donate buttons[some sites are still labeled donate], it should be more appropriately labeled "contribute".
i admit, i have never donated to any open source projects, and so also the millions of other users who have not donated.
but there must be a way to generate free content for users and also get money to the devs making us happy.
once there is revenue for the devs, more might be attracted to create programs,more innovative ideas,more competition, more choices, better products.
this would give us better quality and we would have better support for the programs.