One of the best things about the internet is free stuff!
I'm thinking specifically of information and software.
But its sometimes not good enough for some people.
Don't you think its great that so many people are prepared to give their time to answer my stupid questions?
And then there is software. Some generous people write software, and allow others to download and use it on their computers and devices ....for Free!
On the internet you can find anything from free code snippets (e.g. showing you how to use properties, events and methods) free device drivers, and often complete applications like Gambas and Gimp.
Hey, it doesn't even stop there; you can download complete operating systems like Linux!
But despite the amazing generosity of many people, there is a dark side.
For some very strange, pea brained individuals it is irrelevant that this stuff has been offered free-of-charge. This does not stop them from abusing the author when there are issues or even selling this free software, for their own profit.
I'm thinking specifically about the case of Gordon Henderson and his excellent wiringPi software, originally written for the RaspberryPi back in 2013.
|Gordon's horse Rocky|
As a result of tremendous pressure from a number of selfish people, Gordon has decided enough-is-enough and has pulled the plug on wiringPi. ...Read Gordon's post.
I've used wiringPi for a number of Gambas/Pi projects and Gordon has always been kind enough to answer my stupid questions. But I think he is doing the right thing by stopping now, in the face of this abuse.
I would just like to say "thank you Gordon and I wish you all the very best".