naps will work (probably) and the Ubuntu (Canonical) Snap Store will shurely be open to 1.monetisation and 2. proprietary stuff so the OpenStore can stay just as it is for 100% Open and Free (as in Speech as well as in Beer) software. I have to say that i can understand both parties, the devs that say they want some money out of their time as well as users that like to pay no money for it. But i think claiming that these are the two perspectives at hand is wrong since the bigger problem in my view is, that there are very many people out there that can not pay any money for an app they use only a very few times and some may not even have the money to pay something for their regularly used apps. Making it pay-what-you-want would generate some income, especially in a community like ours while not excluding the poor people from the party. But as i said, i can also understand that devs want some revenue out of there work, however (i am not saying that the following is good but that it is the current situation IMHO) they may for now be wrong at UBports/OpenStore because 1. the userbase is just too little (a few thousand people perhaps?) 2. very many community members (1st contact team, testers, docu team, ...) are not paid either even if they deserve it 3. Those who would join for the money would be probably be disappointed in how many people actually buy the app if it's not free/pay-what-you-want and would then go out on the internet telling everyone what a shitty platform this is and how they would advise everyone to avoid it...
That's all i wanted to say about this, i hope you don't take it as a rant or something similar but as productive criticism of your arguments. As i said i fully support your
Let me add a few considerations:
- If you want a store that collects money and gives it to the users, we need a legal form that is allowed to do so. Our upcoming foundation is not a legal form that can do business like this.
- Money flow means tax flow. A part of this money needs to be declared. Plus we would need to take a fraction of the money for unning costs, tax advisory, costs of the legal entity etc.
- Giving money to people on an international basis is hard, we need to transfer them the money with Paypal etc. Again more costs. Plus international bank transfers, even in small amounts, can be again a tax law concern. Lots of administrative headache.
- How can we make sure that the App is only installed on one device if the author wants to charge device-based? Exactly, we need to track the devices uniquely, create signing keys and enforce a local store security like Android or iOS. lots of confinement coming up, lots of extra lockdown on the device itself.
- Warranty: As soon as we go into paid services, people could demand their money back if our OS or an App goes crazy etc. We need a full insurance for crazy lawsuits, especially from the US.
So do you really think this is the right way to go? Or just put a donation link in the store, and let the developer suggest a usual donation for his app wouldn´t be enough?