First let me say, thank you very much to all DEV that create and those that help Mokee, I really like the ROM, it’s greatly appreciated! Nice work!
Now I would like to ask the Mokee DEV/Team to consider making the ‘Mokee Center’ an optional install during the setup of the Rom, so that those that don’t want it, can’t afford to donate, don’t have to install it, or making it free to use. Please read on…
I use Mi A1, for those that don’t know, that’s Android One, and during the setup, when you first start your phone, Xiaomi has an optional application you can install, so I know this is possible to do.
The reason I ask, I am a Linux geek, and I’ve used Open Source for many years, and many people have their own ideas over Open Source, but Open Source true to itself, many projects around the world, they are free, and I use Open Source because it’s free and the freedom it offers without costs or donations…
Now that’s not to say that those that pay nothing or don’t donate any money are just leechers, this isn’t always true, many people don’t pay out of their pockets, but help contribute in some way to the project(s).
Maybe here on the Mokee forum you will not find one person who agrees to what I am saying, and that is ok, and it’s true for your hard work it’s ok to ask for money and donations, no one ever said it’s not right to do so. But Open Source is about choices, and this post is about trying to make you understand that and consider another option and offer another choice in this matter.
The facts that are true, that I do ask everyone to please realize is this. Look at all the Linux distros from around the world that are free, and no one is asking for donations for you to use these distros, or a part of the systems, or application(s), in any manner.
As Android geeks, many of you do know Ubuntu, because it’s the most common Linux platform for Android development. Now how many of you as end-users or developers on Ubuntu would feel if there was some application or service installed in Ubuntu, but Canonical told you that you couldn’t use it unless you made a donation, might find it odd in Ubuntu?
All Linux distros and Android Systems have OTA updates, and no one asks for donations to use these applications, or services. But please understand as those that read this post, I am not against doing whatever you wish to do, but realize that the ‘Majority’ of the Linux and Android world does not do this. Instead it is more common to give people the usage of such a service and ask for donations, but still offer the service, even if no one can make a donation.
Something else maybe many people have never stopped to consider, is many people around the world, consider such moves by developers or companies as a slap in the face, a way of forcing them, meaning, if you want it, you have to pay for it, again this ideology isn’t really Open Source minded.
Yes Unix Freedom, all Geeks know it, is Free as in Speech not Free as in Beer!
But the point I’m trying to make, people call this Crippleware, and that’s a fact. And Crippleware is not common place at all in the Open Source world.
I’m on your side Mokee for Open Source, I am not against you, but doing something like this in the long run is only going to hurt you. People will see it this way, and not want to use or support Mokee, because of something like this.
So as I mentioned before, Open Source is about choices, so PLEASE consider making this an option during the setup of Mokee, so an end-user can choose to not install it. By the way, this would be a good reason why to explain it, because the application requires a donation to use it.
Or, change the application into a free application, still allow people to use it, while still asking for donations, and try to come up with a business model to make donations another way.
The optional choice during setup, is because many people consider something like this, that they have no need for as ‘Bloat’, just taking up space, and they want to keep all their space that they can for other more important things.
Another problem, I didn’t make a donation to test the application out, but I read, unless you pay the full donation you have ‘Ads’. Having Ads in Android, this is not a good move to have in an OS application.
Remember, there are always ways to make money and donations, even in Open Source too, without giving people Crippleware, and making them feel forced into needing to pay.
Now some might say, no one is forcing anyone, yes that’s true, but the point is, when you show someone something like this application, and tell them you can’t use it until you donate, that does make people feel forced at times. Also for some people, it doesn’t feel like a donation, rather, you have to pay.
Thank you all who are responsible to consider this, and to everyone! I am not here to offend anyone or be negative here, but to offer constructive criticism as a Linux geek and professional, I have many years of professional experience in computer technology, and open source.
Now let’s not say what a lot of Geeks might say after reading all this, that in Open Source, you have the choice to go use something else if you don’t like it! Yes I truly understand, and so does everyone, that we all have a choice to not use Mokee if we don’t like it, but I am here with the experience to know, there is a better way to this, and that is what I have outlined here.
I want to see Mokee survive as a Android Rom, but I have seen to many in the past go this way, not to succeed in the end, that is why I made this post, in hopes of bringing about better change for Mokee.