Have you ever spent money on a piece of software?

Have you ever spent money on a piece of software?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I paid for a Windows home server 2011 license a long time ago.
    Best 50 bucks ever.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      steam games, thank fuck i stopped early, worst use of my money ever.
      everytime i launch Cuphead the little shitter runtime wants to update it, even though the game was fine by me the last time i played it. if a bug was slipped in the current downloaded version i did not notice, so i couldn't care less.
      steam is ps4 tier garbage. proton is nice but not worth it with this online leash.

      i've been considering donating to F-Droid projects doing local scrapping of corpo networks like fritter, paying a rando to undercut SaaS adtech bs of literal text messages with the few worthy memes inside that place makes sense to me.
      other than that i don't buy digital stuff unless its clean FLAC files from juno or beatport.

      based
      just looked it up. graphical homeserver software should be more of a thing.
      here's hoping some BSD offshoot takes their head off its ass and start charging 20 bucks for some decent software

      Yes, I also bought Krita to show support, if Paint.net ever goes FOSS i'll do the same for that too

      Krita is so well done. the gmic plugin for krita should have btfo'd GIMP eons ago.

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    poweramp and steam games

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Office 2010

    Still have it installed on my XP machine.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, I also bought Krita to show support, if Paint.net ever goes FOSS i'll do the same for that too

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    PS4 games, FL Studio, some random web SaaS things
    t. developer who makes a living (barely) out of selling proprietary software

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I bought Jaikoz to tag and catalog my music collection years ago and only used it once.

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    No.
    I am 31 years old and I never paid for a software or music.

  8. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes. I do a lot of audio work on my spare time which is basically proprietary shit general, to my great dismay.
    It's also what prevents me from going full Linux and I hate it. If there's one area where free software cannot compete right now, it's audio.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      What is wrong with Ardour? I know people shit on it for not being as good as the competition, but it seems to do everything that a DAW needs to do. Automation, plugins, routing, etc. I can't think of anything else that ardour can't do that protools or similar can.
      Some of the plugins that are foss kinda are limited but at least you can use the alsa + ardour stack as a FOSS foundation.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You mentioned the problem basically. Mostly the software is good (I use Reaper which runs on linux), but the plugins is where free software shits the bed. If you want to do anything semi-decent in audio (especially in audio engineering of any kind) you kind of have to invest in some good plugins to take care of shit.
        If you're doing shit for documentaries for example you pretty much need a version of RX to even be able to work and do anything that sounds remotely good. I wish this wasn't the case, but try cleaning up footage filmed for a documentary and you'll see what I mean pretty fast.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          My solution to this problem is to stop caring *too* much about FOSS software. For the most part, audio plugins are pretty passive when it comes to licensing and "closedness" compared to borderline malware like autodesk and adobe products. I would rather have the core of my os (linux) and my daw (ardour) be open and then have the freedom to install proprietary software on top. At least that makes me feel like I am still somewhat in control (the purpose of free software I guess)

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Eh, DRM kinda sucks in that aspect.
            I just wish there was an easy solution because I cannot for the life of me stand windows and yet with audio my hands are kind of tied.
            Been thinking about a mac solution tbh, at least you have the *nix environment.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              Yeah but then you get john deer'd by their cucked hardware. It really is a pick your poison in todays software world. Apple: $$$ and spyware . M$: candycrush + spyware. Loonix: no spyware, no corporate bs, no good audio plugins 🙁
              there are a few good ones like the LSP plugins, calf, and airwindows since they pretty much have standard features that even a paid plugin can't really improve much upon (eq, compression, etc.) but I guess for more abstract high quality effects paid seems to be the only way to go. rip penguin

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                the problem is not even the quality, it's that what I'm looking for doesn't even exist in free software
                To my knowledge free software for audio repair just doesn't exist and that's the meat of what I do in audio

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Can't you just use it with a compatibiliy layer like WINE?

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I've tried before but the DRM shit gets in the way a lot, and Wine overall is a hot pile of shit I wish to stay away from. It's just prone to random crashes and the plugin not even working as intended.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                gotcha. at *least* some companies port their plugins to linux.
                regarding hardware, myself and my band sticks to mostly analog equipment, so we don't need plugins to do amp simulation, or virtual drums etc. we just need some good plugins to handle eq, compression, and basic effects to achieve a really good mix. so far open source has worked out but i'm sure we will hit a wall soon where we want some effect or something that isn't going to be supported. really dreading the idea of switching to windows. i'm also sick of people shitting on my software choices. i dont care if linux is autism and not the industry standard or whatever just leave me be :

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You should be fine. With music you can stay relatively minimalistic and make really crazy shit. I come from tracker culture where it's not uncommon to make crazy sounding tracks with basically a bunch of sticks. But when you get into highly technical audio shit like audio repair and audio engineering, this is where you'll hit a wall.
                But you know there's maybe a world where Linux becomes interesting for some audio stuff. There's already a few insane things you can do under linux with some audio programming that's just impossible to do with Windows and that's really cool, if a bit time intensive.
                It sucks but what can you do.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                yup.
                tracking is based af and I've always wanted to get into it I just never had the time.
                >But you know there's maybe a world where Linux becomes interesting for some audio stuff.
                I'm hoping that this becomes a reality for a lot of 'professional' software like office suites and video editors. foss simply needs higher quality software to be taken more seriously.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                get yourself Milkytracker, it will probably take you some time to make anything remotely good but it's really good and it's free software
                If you end up enjoying the tracker workflow you can also get Renoise (it's fairly cheap compared to other DAWs) and enjoy a lot of other things you don't get in other trackers.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                i'll give it a try. thanks anon

  9. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I made my work buy an app so I could access our open source inventory system from my phone.
    the app is open source, but it was literally cost effective for me to buy it than learn how to compile an android app and spin up all the necessary stuff for that.

    probably the most why tier software purchase I can think of

  10. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I donate to free software projects that I use regularly

  11. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I have. I bought AOE2 gold edition for my brother for his birthday, Morrwind Ultra Deluxe (or whatever) edition for my other brother for his birthday, and Dungeon Lords (a game you have never ever heard of) just for fun.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Oh I also spend $3 on the humblebundle once before it turned to shit. Well, my dad did, because I asked him to.

  12. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Yes, everyone here has paid for software at some point in their life. The key is learning if you need it and if not find free alternatives.

  13. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've only ever paid for a WoW and RS subscription. I've since quit games and instead got into programming and am much happier since my accomplishments can build my personal development and career. My main OS is linux and so I do not pay for anything and I have real privacy and real control over my software that I wouldn't otherwise have.

  14. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    last program i bought was a data recovery program back in about 2009 or so

  15. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The only time I paid for software was for the Vegas Pro humble bundle

    $25 for SOUND FORGE Audio Studio 12, VEGAS Pro 15 Edit and a bunch of other stuff

  16. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I've actually been using that thing for years
    Never paid for it though

  17. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I actually bought a copy of Sublime Text. Money worth spending IMO.

  18. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    I only buy Steam games, and that's just so I can get Steam achievements.

  19. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    A directory AI

  20. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Borland C.

  21. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Nope and don't even plan on spending money on something of zero value

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