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Red Gate has announced that it will charge $35 for version 7 of .NET Reflector. What’s more, the free version will stop working after May 30, 2011. And the $35 will not entitle you to a free upgrade to version 8.
This after they said “Red Gate will continue to offer the tool for free to the community.” Not “will try” but “will.”
I don’t have much choice. Reflector is a key tool for my work. Either my employer needs to purchase it or I do, and the cost is not a hardship.
This is a matter of principle. I’m fully in favor of capitalism and for-profit companies. They don’t “owe” us free software. But when a company flat-out lies to its customers, trust and loyalty go out the window.
I support individuals working on open-source alternatives, including donation-supported projects. I would consider competing commercial solutions; I have no problem paying reputable companies for my tools.
Don’t let them get away with this.
Update - February 4, 2011
The best coverage I have found so far is on ZDNet. It includes their side of the story.
Update - February 24, 2011