"Introducing New LiveCode Licenses"
curry at pair.com
Tue Oct 29 12:49:06 EDT 2013
Richard Gaskin wrote:
> With all due respect, any startup that can't budget $500/yr for a tool
> that provides as much for them as LC does has a problem with their
> business plan, not with LiveCode.
> For everyone else. free is a great price. Remember that the GPL only
> governs distributed works, so hobbyists and even professional devs
> making in-house tools for the businesses they work in can use the
> GPL-governed version.
Very true! And here's the context. Some people are suggesting a free
Commercial version, and I was responding to Mark Wilcox. He noted that a
third of mobile appers are hobbyists, and: "Without a free commercial
option these people will not start a potentially commercial (even small
scale) project in LiveCode". Monte also commented on the free idea.
I don't think a free Commercial version would be good. We already have a
free version, and as you say, it's handy for many pursuits. Another free
version would be chaotic to my way of thinking, and probably drive up
the price of full licenses.
> The only real value for a Commercial license is when shipping commercial
The FAQ indicates a Commercial license for submitting a free app to the
iOS store. Or a student or hobbyist may want to distribute some preview
copies for a desktop app to judge demand or conduct a beta without
releasing the source.
And in the past, there were some cheaper licenses based on limited
platforms. These allowed people to pay their way when they didn't need
(or couldn't afford yet) the whole set. Nothing shabby about that, and
it worked well in the past. People went ahead and got the full set when
they could, because that was the better deal, but the platform options
were a stepping stone for some.
But rest assured that I'm okay with your way of thinking. My beef is
with going free on any Commercial license. Since RunRev chose the open
source route for the free offering, I think some amount of money needs
to change hands for getting into closed source. How much that is, I'll
leave to you and Richmond to settle. :)
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