Here's my 2 pence worth...
I think Pete Dowson has done a great service to the flight sim community with FSUIPC. It's allowed designers to do many, many things that would otherwise not have been possible. I think it's great that he released them as freeware. I am upset however, that he's chosen to go the payware route. I don't think it's wrong - it's his prerogative after all - just a little dissapointed. Dissapointed in the same way I am whenever I see previously freeware outfits go the payware route.
I guess everyone moves on. As someone else her said, perhaps personal circumstances have 'forced' Pete into this. The fact remains that as more developers go to the 'Dark Side', another young gun will be more than happy to fill their freeware shoes.
There is an immense wealth of talent in this community, and rest assured that someone, somewhere will develop an alternative sooner or later.
As with any payware product, it should be our right 'not to buy'. Case in point - Abacus. Planespotter said they continue to release crap. Well fair enough, no-one is making you buy it - so don't. But, before you bash Abacus too much, remember that they produce a trio of programs without which (up until the realease of the gMax gamepack anyway), we would all have been flying the deafualt planes, with very few exceptions.
Anyways, like I said, just my 2 pence worth...
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on Wed Jun 18, 2003 2:17 pm, edited 1 time in total.