View Poll Results: IF the apps were of a high quality, marketable value, Would you pay...?

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  • The price was reasonable but the licence was proprietary

    71 37.37%
  • The price is high but the license was opensource

    11 5.79%
  • The price is "fair" and the license is a type of opensource to stop theft/allow modification

    64 33.68%
  • Never. All Linux apps should be Free as in Free Beer and opensource.

    44 23.16%
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Thread: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

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    Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    The goal of the poll is to get an idea of whether Linux users will support app development that would provide higher quality software but allow the developer/business to make a living at making solid apps.
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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    I myself believe that high quality software should be allowed to be sold. However, it does have to be very good software, and i do think the source code should be available with it.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    I have no problems with paying for software, but I always look for free alternatives first

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    I voted for the first option. It surprises me that programs like Word Perfect and Quatro Pro have never tried to port over to Linux (This may well be impossible, I'm no programmer). It seems to me that there is a market out there for people seeking a non-windows environment but for whatever reason don't like open-source apps.

    Personaly I would stick with Abiword and Gnumeric, but would happily pay for a decent propietory video editor.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    I work with a business oriented version of Linux and this is an issue that comes up with remarkable intensity.

    Many of the requests we get to find apps to include in the business version of Linux are essentially asking for apps that are equivalent to many " professional" and pay for apps. Is it "fair" to programmers to demand such quality for no cost, they do have families to feed also.

    On the same token, I don't think there is any one who wants Linux to become a big money bonanza for development where companies and strike it rich programmers are simply trying to make a bang whiz app they can charge an arm and a leg for to get rich overnight either.

    The solution lies, as usual, somewhere in the middle.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    Well, if you aren't being invested by a company, say, Canonical, or don't rely on stocks, then you will want some money out of it... if you don't have a job.

    However, if it is a really good quality program, and you went through blood, sweat, and tears to make it, charge some money, like, say $5-$15.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    I would, the problem with most Linux apps so far is that they are
    targeted at a specific distro. I myself want the freedom to install on any
    distro be it ubuntu, gentoo, etc.. I am buying an application, not an
    application for my current distribution of choice.

    The second biggest problem with proprietary Linux apps is the so called
    "Linux appliance" companies that make these think that they do not
    need to keep it current in regards to bug fixes or security patches.

    Not to mention most Linux appliances are so locked down if you do have
    a serious problem say with samba you can't even upgrade to a version
    that fixes your problem.

    So in my experience most people and most enterprises are wanting good
    Linux apps but very few proprietary companies do a good job in support.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    If I have good use for it, I would pay for it. I rarely use Windows, but I still pay for it out of fairness.
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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    Quote Originally Posted by selda View Post
    I have no problems with paying for software, but I always look for free alternatives first
    Agreed.

    I have nothing against proprietary software and I don't mind paying for it. The only time I hate proprietary software is when that "software" is an operating system - such as Windows. Proprietary applications are fine and yes I'd pay for them - but only if it's a good company Linux needs proprietary software to help its growth.

    Proprietary software=ok.
    Proprietary operating systems=too much power over the user.

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    Re: Will Linux users pay for good apps?

    Your poll options make no sense.
    IF the apps were of a high quality, marketable value, Would you pay...?
    The price was reasonable but the licence was proprietary
    The price is high but the license was opensource
    The price is "fair" and the license is a type of opensource to stop theft/allow modification
    Never. All Linux apps should be Free as in Free Beer and opensource.
    If the license is open source, the price can't stay high for long.

    Let's say someone tried to charge $2000 for an open source piece of software. People would say, "That's ridiculous. I'll just recompile the source and distribute it for $50... or for free."

    You can charge for open source, but because it's open source, you don't have a monopoly on the code and thus can't effectively charge exhorbitant prices for the software.

    The currently non-existent option I'd vote for would be The price is reasonable and the license is open source.
    Last edited by aysiu; August 26th, 2007 at 07:28 AM.

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