Why support open source

June 06, 2024

In a world where we've grown accustomed to getting things for free, it's easy to overlook the value of paying for software — especially when it's open source. But what if we told you that by supporting open-source developers financially, you're not just investing in better tools, but in a brighter future for technology as a whole?

In a compelling video titled Open Source Software SHOULD Cost Money available on PeerTube, right-to-repair champion Louis Rossmann shares some hard truths about the state of open-source software development. At Ente, we couldn't agree more with his message.

Harsh reality of FOSS

Rossmann doesn't mince words: expecting open-source software to be free is not only unsustainable but also detrimental to developers. When programmers face backlash for even suggesting optional payment, it's a slap in the face that undermines the value of their work. This attitude drives talented developers into the arms of closed-source, commercial software, where user-hostile practices like

  • invasive ads,
  • data harvesting, and
  • vendor lock-in

are the norm.

Unsustainable Expectations

As Rossmann explains in the video:

"I want to send the message that if you create software that doesn't abuse me, I will pay you more money than what I would have paid for the closed-source alternative. I appreciate the fact that [open-source developers] respected me enough to allow me the ability to use their software without restrictions."

Changing the game

Rossmann calls for a radical shift in how we perceive and support open-source software. If we truly value projects that respect our freedom, privacy, and agency as users, it's time to put our money where our values are. By paying for the open-source tools we rely on, we create a sustainable future where open-source thrives and developers are fairly compensated for their work.

Championing sustainable opensource

At Ente, we're on a mission to develop a privacy-focused, open-source photo storage platform that rivals the best commercial offerings in terms of features and user experience. But creating something truly game-changing takes more than just passion—it requires fairly compensating our dedicated team for their skills and effort.

That's why we've designed our pricing plans to be affordable, ensuring that we can continue to invest in necessary infrastructure, development, and support. Every subscription directly powers our ability to deliver a top-notch product that puts your privacy first, without compromising on quality or features.

Join the movement

Rossmann's message, shared on the privacy-focused PeerTube platform, is a powerful call to action for anyone who cares about the future of software. By choosing platforms like PeerTube and supporting open-source alternatives like Ente, you become part of a movement that prioritizes user privacy, security, and fairness in software development.

Supporting open-source is not just about enjoying free software—it's about actively participating in the sustainability of technologies that uphold respect and fairness for both users and developers. Together, we have the power to shape a future where technology serves us, not the other way around.

Ready to join the open-source revolution? Subscribe to Ente now and become part of a community that values privacy, security, and fairness in software.