I really hate the direction Microsoft is going, if they sold Windows 7.5 with the newer Windows 10 features like support for newer CPUs and APIs but have the Telemetry of Vista and before, but MS would rather treat their paying Customers like they're Arch Linux users and sell their data and pump them with ads while the only way to get MS to treat you an LTS User is to pay for Windows Volume Licensing and get LTSB and pay for Windows 365.
I can't stand SAAS and I feel If I have to pay a subscription for Software be it an OS or creative applications, I'd rather have that money go to FOSS Projects. That's what I plan on doing, starting January 1st, I'm going to start to pay for Gimp 365 and Kdenlive 365 and maybe Ubuntu 365 and I think it's a great idea and I think there should be a "FOSS 365" subscription site where it works like Humble Bundle, they give you sliders where you choose how big of a piece of the pie the projects get, give the site a "humble tip" or even to choose exactly where it goes like a feature bounty pool or to pay for an Evangelist/Tutorial Guru/Community Manger like how YoYo Games pays Shaun Spalding as a Community Manger and Canonical used to hire a guy that was a Linux Youtuber it was his job was to create memes and tutorials and to lobby for Ubuntu. So, if people paid for Godot 365, you could help Godot become more feature rich and they could hire an influencer that's also a game dev, creating more resources for the community and expanding the community and thus expanding funding.
Something like the FOSS completion project, basically single out Windows programs that are minor but highly useful and have no linux alternative. The goal would to be pick a program, fork or create a project and develop it till its at feature parity with the Windows counter part, this would obviously ignore certain large programs that already have FOSS coutner parts (like office, Photoshop etc).
so like take programs like Musicbee, mp3tag, dbpoweramp, then develop a feature parity Linux version. Since thats whats keeping me on Windows atm, the fact that those apps aren't on Linux and none of the FOSS alts come even close.
you mean like the whole ubuntu amazon thing where by default it would communicate with amazon to get search results for the unity search thing?(was only for little bit people flipped and newer versions shipped default its not to do that)
if you dont like saas maybe dont do subscription then and just do lump sum? most opensource software projects ive seen have a donate button
If your goal as a company is to make money, and have an accurate prediction of how much money you are actually making then SAAS makes a lot of sense. Where they can know each given month how much they are making from software and not have to do estimates with projections.
For FOSS it doesn't make sense be be SAAS. It defeats the purpose. The whole design is to have service as the selling point, and the software for free.
Free as in freedom software isn't free as in beer, it takes time and time is money and in order for it to be completive with SAAS like Adobe, the few patrons they get pay the development. I find it stupid that we as a collective pay entertainers that play video games for a living more than we pay Kdenlive or Gimp. FOSS funding is like PBS, not everybody pays, but every little bot helps and I'd rather see people donate monthly to Gimp or Kdenlive than the Level1 Patreon. I think those software provide a more valuable service than another tech channel that talks about the same shit. That's why I unsubbed to Joker and Paul's Hardware.
And there's Blender where you don't have to donate, they have a store where you see more instant payback. Sure you can buy blu-rays and something stupid like T-Shirts, but you can also get services like training or Blender Cloud. I like that way of fund raising where they provide a service and the profits go to more development. Even non-profits are businesses, but their mission comes before profits. And if you think that sounds iffy, Pastors get paid almost as much as Doctors and they don't pay taxes.
well theres lots of opensource stuff like mozilla vlc mplayer handbrake 7zip(even if you dont use the whole lzma/lzma2 thing is pretty high end compression stuff that now many other people also use) openbsd related projects(openssh, libressl etc) if you like a specific distro gpg(the gnu whatever version of pgp) etc..