About the price discount if upgrading to v4

KazamaSion

Network license
License owner
I purchased the license about four years ago, I paid about $98 at that time, but it's only $48 now.
I mean, feel a bit uncomfortable. If v4 release, will those who paid more for v3 get more discount?
 

Rodolfo

Chevereto Developer
Chevereto Staff
V4 will be Open Source, it doesn't have the concept of paid licensing. V3=paid distributes all the software in the same package, V4=free distributes paid/free software add-ons and services.

The idea is that each one of you only have to pay for what you need to use and to say thanks to all those who have sustained the development of Chevereto.

My intention is to charge a very low fee for the concept of upgrading. Low as $0 and you pay more depending on what extra features you need to carry to V4. Each extra paid feature you may need to keep will add to the base fee, and the total for your upgrade will vary depending on discounts to be applied depending on your client status (+existing clients, +license type, +years being customer).
 

raysosher

Photo editing specialist
This is not fair at all. The same thing happened with me too. I mean if you are willing to reduce the price then those you paid higher prices give them some discount. The price is almost half now. People now are getting the licence for half the price, here we old users bought it with a lot of money.
 

ashkir

Core license
License owner
Compare this to other PHP based software that is paid for. You have to pay to upgrade. My IPB license cost me over $100 to upgrade to the new version.

Most PHP Software you even have to pay an additional $50 fee just to have access to the support forum.

Also, sales happen to most PHP software. 20% off? Buy a second license, or a network upgrade.
 

Rodolfo

Chevereto Developer
Chevereto Staff
My IPB license cost me over $100 to upgrade to the new version.
There's an interesting research in a paper published at ScienceDirect, the study has a remarkable observation on that PHP applications analyzed didn't suffer of aging as conventional software under terms of Lehman's. In other words, PHP software doesn't age badly.

Why time based licensing then? Simply, maintenance. But maintenance of the whole, including the applicable server layer.

I've experienced this at first hand, it started to happened here some years ago when the issues weren't that much library related but server. The planning for the next major version (V4) quickly evolved from simply adding an user based API to V3, to rewrite everything and provide a system resilient to external factors, like server configuration.

Most PHP Software you even have to pay an additional $50 fee just to have access to the support forum.
In my ideal world, a service provider should be certified by me so support costs gets cheap as possible under a distributed model. In essence, anyone with knowledge around the software should be capable (and encouraged) to provide paid support and services for it.

At least, that's my intention and for the adoption rate of the software I believe that I'm a good track towards that position.
 
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