I read through these topics both to help and possibly enlighten, though i admit I'm far from the most knowledgeable person. I see disagreement constantly... and a lot of people take it personally. If we take a step back and focus on the logic, try to understand the perspective, you soon realize that the majority aren't focused towards any one person, but the idea. We take it personally because of our perspective.
This is not true. Everyone here has equal right to express themselves as long as they aren't attacking anyone. No one person has any more right than any other.
Misinterpretation and taking things personally cause this.
This is what was done. There are two perspectives that don't mesh.
Many on this forum, me included, have used the car metaphor to attempt to relay that no right to the next major version is given because you purchased it once.
You may think it more akin to this though:
InkTide, whatever profession you are in, would you expect to do any of it for free? Aravisian is a mechanic, do you think he shouldn't be paid for upgrading a vehicle with a better carburetor, exhaust and chipping it... making a more powerful version of that vehicle.
I went to school for computers, got my mcsa and a few other certifications, should i not be paid for my knowledge and the experience since then that allows me to diagnose more quickly than those getting out of school or don't want to bother learning it?
I don't know why software is considered a gray area when it comes to purchasing. Because it isn't physically tangible, except the medium it is stored on, it doesn't really exist? How many years would it take you to create this quality of software?
The purpose of this topic was to allow for conversation of the pirating idea... mindset... and offer perspectives. The members and moderators of this forum believe in this software and take a firm position against Software Piracy, because it is already freely offered. Pirating the pro version for any reason is a deliberate disrespect to the developers and their knowledge that has made this the fastest Ubuntu variant to date. Linux mint and pop os right behind it.
There are no personal attacks listed in what i read above and I'm sorry you see it that way InkTide. Aravisian even agreed with you on many things. It was a sharing of information and perspective.
This forum is run by volunteers that freely share information, skill and perspective in a respectful manner. We are proud of this achievement because it is a difficult balance and can be tough not to take things personally. Please refrain from attacking members for this is counterproductive. Confront ideas, provide supporting arguments, but do not take it or make it personal... it's not.