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Re: Garmin buys Active Captain
...The free version is the ripoff in the sense that it is old code not being supported and doesn't contain all feature and stability additions of the paid version....
Be careful what you're saying here.
The free version for Android
was a rip-off, by someone who got his panties all in a knot over the thought that somebody else was "profiting" from all the "work" he did to "test" the software. (IIRC, he had done almost nothing - just another user - who promptly left when he realized that he had gotten more than he bargained for by having to support the obsolete v1 code all by himself.)
The free version of OpenCPN for Windows and Linux is very much alive, currently supported and updated. Dave and his team continue to be very responsive to user suggestions.
Actually, on Google Play Store, there is an incentive to charge a fee, because then people have to have some "skin in the game" to post reviews. Free software often gets trolled with bad reviews posted by competitors. I think that Jeff Siegel mentioned that to me once as one of the problems of offering free software on Play Store. That was a few years ago, so Google may have taken other measures to prevent trolling of free software.
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