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Tuesday, 27.May.2003

17:35 - I don't mind paying for software.

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Really, I don't. When the money goes to support a company that makes a good, stable product I have no problem with paying for software. Sometimes people seem to think I'll only run open-source software, or that I think all programs should be free, and they get all bitchy about how the software market couldn't survive if you never paid for anything.

I agree with them, the companies making the software need to be given incentive to make it. But they have to provide me with equal incentive to pay them for their product. When I say I am running a 100% microsoft-free computer (okay, yes, there is microsoft code on the HDD, but it isn't ever accessed -- I suppose I could just kill that partition), I don't mean it's 100% free. Mostly it is free (SuSE OS (8.1, which technically isn't free yet but will be soon enough), Evolution, Sylpheed, etc) but there are some apps that were paid for. The Evolution Connector, for example, which I had to shell out $70 (of my own money) for, I use daily. It is an excellent product that does *exactly* what it was advertised to do and hasn't crashed yet. After using it for a few weeks, I can safely say I'm happy with the purchase and would recommend it to someone else in a situation similar to mine (being forced to use an Exchange server, yet unwilling (or unable, in my case) to run Outlook).

Another example, which I can no longer use regularly, was the conversion software I used on the Windows machines to work with the files my camera produced. It was an excellent rock-solid piece of software that I was very happy to know that I had paid for and I had helped to support the author and further development of the product.

That's what I'm talking about, a product that does what it's supposed to do. Why can't some other companies get that through their collective corporate head? I would be the first to recommend a product by them if it would just *work* and the company would be up-front about what their product does!

Of course, there is also the fact that those companies didn't ask an obscene price for their product (well, $70 is a little steep, but I figure it helped cover the cost of Evolution itself, which is free). They provided a good product, and for a reasonable price. This is something that some companies would do well to understand.

{this random rant brought to you by nothing particular. No recent discussion, no rant I read by someone else, just closing down Evolution in preping to reboot the machine (see previous post) and it occured to me that it's something I am glad I paid for.}