Looking back, on how James Moore the General Manager of Red Gate acquired such a very popular tool. Where this tool was running for years for \"FREE\" where donations have been fuelling the said utility, imagine how many users this utility have and then after 2 years of acquisition fully commercialized the software... is this a joke?
Sharing you the conversation took placed after the acquisition of Reflector.
http://www.simple-talk.com/opinion/opin ... eflector-/
BC: “How did this deal come about?”
JM: “I’ve used .NET Reflector for years and it’s at the top of my list of great .NET tools. It’s also one of the few tools every developer here uses, so I knew I was not alone. A few months ago, I dropped Lutz an email introducing myself and it just kind of went from there.”
LR: “When James emailed me and we spoke about the future of Reflector and the resources Red Gate could make available to the project, it made the decision easy for me.”
BC: “How can it be good news that a commercial software company is taking ownership of a free community tool?”
JM: “I think we can provide a level of resources that will move the tool forward in a big way. The first thing we are doing is continuing to offer the software to the community for free downloading. The second thing is giving our product management and usability teams the task of going out into the community to get suggestions on how we can make this amazing tool even better.
We accept the fact that there will be scepticism, but we can point to a good track record of support for the community. People were wary a couple of years ago when we purchased the SQL Server Central community site, but over time we have won over many of our critics by investing heavily in the site and boosting its readership, while allowing it to maintain editorial independence. I’m hoping I will be able to sit here in a few years time and claim the same level of success with Reflector.”
Also stumbled upon reading LZ's blog right here:
http://blog.lutzroeder.com/2008/08/futu ... ector.html
Where LZ wrote: Red Gate will continue to provide the free community version and is looking for your feedback and ideas for future versions.
My few thoughts on this.
If RedGate have the guts to commercialize this type of software, why didn't they create a new tool instead of acquiring Reflector? Is it because RedGate developers are incompetent with regards to creating this kind of tool?
The only reason I can think if is because... competition. If RedGate created a new tool, would they profit? If they acquire Reflector instead, they would also bring the users already using it for years. I could just imagine the number of users of this tool and convicing them that \"oh $35 won't cost much\". A very good business strategy don't you think? The heck, this utility would even give them a more profit than their existing tools.
The heck RedGate? Why did you even bother acquiring this tool if you can't even maintain the \"free\" features attached with this utility. Shame on you RedGate! Better create your own and sell them to whatever price you can think of!
@Lutz Roeder, if you are reading this, it would have been better to have this tool been turned over to open source. The open source community would have offered a lot to the improvement of this utility.
We acquire free softwares and convince the community its for a good cause.
We improve these utilities and sell them later.
We need more utilities, to all those free tools out there, sell them to us, we pay you big time but you must have millions of users before you sell them to us