Payment request beforehand?
I'm new to Ardour. I'm so new to Ardour that I have not even used it yet. The cause is that I wanted to download, to try it, to see if it fits my needs... but I couldn't because a payment (for precompiled version) is needed.
I *do* understand that programmers eat and buy clothing and send the children to school, like everypne. I also *do* understand that a good piece of software is expensive to develop. That's why other similar software is so expensive. I myself became a Logic Express user, after having tested Garageband, i.e. after having checked that it was what I wanted, I paid for it. Same with many other software, like Fusion, Crossover, Textpad, Mandriva...
The same way, I would happily pay for Ardour... but I want to know what am I paying for.
I will not download the sources, because I wouldn't know what to do with it. A “lite“ version of the software would be great. At least a “demo mode“, something like that.
In the meantime, I'll expect for the possibility to download to be free of charge again, and if then (and only then) I decide to keep it because is so great as they say, if it's compatible with my particular hardware and devices... only then I'd pay for it or become a subscriber.