I like to pose a question here today and hear your thoughts on this subject.
Why do we have such a low value perception of software that we all want it for free yet expect it to be bug free and expect free support when we all know we get what we pay for at least to some extent when you consider our tools.
There are always complaints about price people are prepared to pay for woodworking projects from furniture to turnings to craft work but have you ever spared a thought of this nature in regards to software.
I want a package that when i learn it has support just as i would expect from my tool suppliers.
I would like it to have been checked for security and quality and even in the best of companies these issues get through and then i would like to see that they fixed promptly and an update is issued. (this is not sustainable on a free basis business model)
With not being able to determine what goes on inside the software there has to be a degree of trust of the vendor involved no? Who is the vendor on free stuff? What checks and balances have you witnessed in this regard.
A week or so ago Ryan warned of a download of the free software Gimp that is not originated from its source potentially being a carrier of a virus or some security breech. Despite knowing this it does not seem like a deterrent to people to not use free software.
Surely the value we get from a program like Sketchup warrants a fee for the value it offers?
Would like to hear all thoughts possible.