On Not Being the Free Alternative

We realize that free and open source apps often do have the mission of mimicking the features of some one or several commercial apps, as if they’re Prometheus bringing features to the common computer user — but that is not our mission.

Our mission is to make the best RSS reader that we like making. We value stability, high performance, clarity, and lots of figurative air and space rather than a mélange of features… More here.

An excellent explanation of how our expectations can be unrealistic and at times harmful.

6 thoughts on “On Not Being the Free Alternative

  1. People’s cheapness in terms of things online is part of why the web can be as crappy as it sometimes is; no one wants to pay for anything, so it gets paid for it in terms of ads and associated lack of privacy.

    conversely: so many things that get paid for want to get paid for via “rent” and subscription. And after a while that builds up, death from a thousand paper-cuts.

    No I don’t know what the answer is 😀

    1. Found myself pondering whether I should pay £2.99 a year for a Max imaging app I use every day, and I then bought a coffee for £3.20 without even thinking about it.

      1. $4 a year would be easy for me… it’s when it’s $3-$4 a month I start to think…is this value for money…

          1. Definitely.
            Also if you’re inclined to Patreons-style backing – which is beautiful, but, yeah, can add up!

            (You know, one reason I’m sure subscription companies don’t often crack down on password sharing: it’s a tradeoff, like on the one hand that “moocher” may – or may not – represent a lost paying subscriber. But on the other hand… I am a lot less inclined to just cancel any given subscription because I don’t know how much the people I’m sharing it with would miss it…)

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