For e.g Citrix Xenserver (now Citrix Hypervisor) employed a lot of the founders and top talent contributing to the Xen project who being the hipster developer types fully buying into the free and open kinda felt betrayed that the ship they'd join to sail had changed course and eventually jumped ship - causing a brain drain to both the company and the upstream Xen. I wouldn't conclude this caused Xen to lose out to the competition - but the decaying cadence to the upstream project I'm sure was a contributing factor.
I've long since worked at Citrix and I hear now their product strategies and key offerings are "sensible", their valuations and stock prices are healthier, etc - which for the investors and employees is great but it appears this has come at a price of a less-free, less-open, insular monoculture. I don't particularly regard that as a success.
+1 for Bitwarden. It's open source, works on every device I've ever tried, and has a clean interface. I've got no idea why people are handing out 50 bucks a year for proprietary software when there's a competitive alternative around.
I feel confident that I could look up a few articles and self-host Bitwarden on either my raspberry pi at home. If not at home, then I might pay for a DO droplet or something, and at $5/mo that's back to $60/yr already, might as well just pay and have the whole thing taken care of for me, besides downloading an app and logging in. That's assuming I have the technical familiarity. If I don't even have that, I'm probably not likely to care or even know if my tool is proprietary or open source.
I pay for BitWarden Premium at $10/year, I'd rather pay than get the rug pulled from me.
But I am not sure it will be any good for them, because this is an example of how not to convert free users to paying users. Taking away features and make users pay for them does not make you popular and just makes users look for alternatives.
I immediately deleted my account. But no hard feelings about it.
You could, because you’re aware of alternatives and (presumably) have some prior knowledge of how they compare.
But plenty of people were already accustomed to the current deal and had no reason to shop for alternatives. Now they feel forced to and maybe don’t have the time or patience to deal with it in the given timeframe. Worse yet if they are the family’s support person who now has to find, understand, test, implement, and explain the new system to the relatives.
It’s annoying. At least with pre-paid software (or “perpetual fallback licenses”, like IntelliJ and Sketch), you know the thing will keep working in a certain configuration.