[Ardour-Dev] Licensing and enforced payments
pshirkey at boosthardware.com
Mon Jan 19 22:32:19 PST 2009
Quentin Harley wrote:
> Patrick Shirkey wrote:
>> There are many compromises in life and when you've got to choose
>> between your kids education, retirement and health insurance among
>> other things compared to the self absorbed feelings of a few rowdy
>> Linux users the choice is fairly simple.
> That I understand all too well
> The message is clear. We need more money to flow into the project.
> We just need to make sure we don't cause more problems. If Ardour
> becomes a "pay for features" locked product, what will the status of
> Ardour be in the free Linux distributions. Would they be able to
> include it in a usable form without paying unit royalties the the
> Ardour foundation? If not, it will be excluded from those
> distributions. The exposure Ardour got because of these will be lost.
> I agree about the money, just not the how at the moment...
This is an excellent point which was semi glossed over before now.
We are not locking the app and there would be no royalties. Distros or
people with the skills would be free to build the app with the licensing
- The target audience is really the mac crowd who are using the app and
are also used to paying for things. Another market is companies that are
forced by regulations to use legitimate versions of software.
- There is also a large number of new users who will be coming in via
the netbook surge over the next few years. These are people who want to
do things cheaply but are generally not that computer savvy. They will
be happy to pay for advanced features if told to do so. I suspect that
we are already seeing a large uptake of people who are just starting to
get used to their netbook which they have had for a few months or even
since xmas.Over the next 6 months we can expect a massive surge from
this group of people. 30% of netbooks shipped last year ran Linux. Most
of them were Ubuntu.
- In the latest Fedora releases there is a simple interface which gives
people the option to purchase the sorenson codecs for use with Amarok.
This feature did not stop Fedora from shipping.
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