In my mind, his is the single most important voice in all this. Outside Redgate, he alone knows just what, if any, promises or assurances were made, and whether this action breaches such. We like to assume that it does, to justify our indignation. Personally, though, Lutz is the only person whose opinion on this matters to me beyond my own personal feelings.
I believe developers deserve to be paid for their work if that is the agreement they make with their users. But Lutz never asked me for money, and in fact visibly assured us:
"Red Gate will continue to provide the free community version and is looking for your feedback and ideas for future versions."
It is interesting to note, however, that assurance was not a part of Redgate's official announcement page at
nor the SimpleTalk article
they and Lutz both reference on their respective announcement pages.
I wonder if this is reflective of differences in the two parties' understanding of whatever agreement there was?
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