codputer wrote:I believe Lutz provided this tool for free to the community, and reached an agreement with Lutz to continue development of the product in exchange for the exposure to the community for all of Red Gate's tools.
Sounds like the honeymoon euphoria has worn off, and now that RedGate is into the marriage, its a lot more work than the dating.
I wondering however if Red Gate attempt at fee revenue will be shared back to the original author of the software? Or did you get the software on one premise, and now are attempting to switch to a more profitable arrangement while cutting out the person that had the orginal idea?
Redgate also states that it cannot continue to make the free model work, yet there are many companies that are able to! MS beign one fo them with their flagship product of Visual Studio...
To be frank, I'm calling BS. Some exec wants his/her bonus to be better, and his/her University education and greed are kicking in to find more revenue...
Interesting to see if the community will accept the argument - or put up a voice that makes RedGate understand what is fair. My bet is that this is a very bad move for Red Gate, and the ill feelings and bad press this will recieve will take away any good will that was recieved when the product was taken over.
Of course, the exec will not think that the lost of good will have a negatie effect on their salary. They will just shrug their shoulders and say, "I was trying to do it for the good of the company!". Better put the the duck, weave and spin control on high...
JDelekto wrote:For many corporations, the 'free' model doesn't always work --and don't quote Microsoft and its free development tools, because, if you read the agreement for those Express Editions, you cannot use your results for commercial purposes.
I'm not sure where you got your info regarding this, JDelekto, but you're flat out wrong. There is nothing in the terms for the express editions that says you can't use them for commercial purposes. In fact, Microsoft encourages this and has done so since the express editions were first released several years ago.
codputer wrote:Redgate also states that it cannot continue to make the free model work, yet there are many companies that are able to!
JasonBunting wrote:I mean, if Lutz could provide it for free for all of those years and not get one dime for it,
Are you claiming that Redgate didn't pay Lutz Roeder for Reflector?
JasonBunting wrote:No, that's not what I meant - I mean he worked with no promise of monetary recompense.
KristoferA wrote:Maybe mr Roeder's strategy was to build a large enough user base and then cash in by selling it on to someone (e.g. Redgate, Microsoft, or someone else)..?
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