Yokemate of Keyboards
Posts: 2790 from 2006/3/21
From: Northern Calif...
Unfortunately all it takes is ONE bad apple to leak the keyfile to a torrent site and it is all over within hours. I trust you (until you give me a reason not to trust you), but that doesn't work for this situation or the team would not have put into place the system they are using. I am sure that it was not decided randomly, or without being discussed and debated in great detail before MorphOS2.0 was released.
I get the frustration and really wish I were smart enough to suggest a different solution to the MorphOS Development Team. It saddens me to read about even one potential new user, or any amount of former users that no longer wish to pursue using MorphOS because of the license key being tied to the hardware.
So here is the best I can come up with at this point in time, starting today, I am going to form a group that will offer to buy back MorphOS license keys for the price of a current replacement license fee at the time of your request to obtain a new one for another supported MorphOS computer. This is not for people that just want to get away from MorphOS, it is only for people who are ready to order a new keyfile on a new MorphOS capable computer that they can run the registration tool on that will generate the email to complete the purchase of the new keyfile. A copy of that email would need to be sent to the group and then payment would be sent by the group to pay for it to the MorphOS Development Team to complete the registration process for you.
The catch is that you must also give up and send the hardware, your MorphOS computer the license is tied to in advance and the group will do it's best to sell it for you and return the money they get from selling it with the MorphOS license to you, minus the license fee that the group spent on your replacement license key, and also minus a $25 fee for the group's time to put up ads and cover auction fees, if any are used to sell your MorphOS computer and license key.
So, you want to transfer your MorphOS license key to a different computer, fine. Let me try to explain this clearer than I just did above. Send your current MorphOS computer and license key that belongs to it, to the group. As soon as it arrives and is confirmed to be working and has a valid license key for it, the group sends the MorphOS Development Team the money to pay for your new MorphOS license key. If your MorphOS computer is damaged in transit it is your responsibility to pay for shipping insurance and get the refund from the shipping company that did the damage. Then you can send the damaged computer to the MorphOS Development Team (contact them for exact details) to obtain your replacement MorphOS keyfile for another MorphOS capable computer, as the team has explained on these forums in the past (but please don't start trashing your MorphOS computers with hammers, or a blow torch just to get a replacement keyfile).
After the group gets your computer, confirms it works and confirms the keyfile is valid, it sells your computer plus the MorphOS license key that goes with it and sends you the difference between the amount of money made on the sale, minus the money they have already used to buy you a new license key for a different computer, and minus an additional $25 for the groups time and effort, what ever that might be, that they have expended to sell your system to a new MorphOS user or a returning MorphOS1.4 user.
You get the money to purchase a new MorphOS license key right away and you also don't have to expend any effort trying to find a new buyer for your old MorphOS system and the license attached to it.
This offer can of course only be made to a limited amount of people at any one time, depending on how much funding for this effort can be raised, but this idea has just popped into my head, so I am sure I may have some other ideas come to me, or may be suggested to me by others who will hopefully join me in this effort to solve one of the major complaints that are keeping a few people from becoming, or continuing to be MorphOS users.
You relinquish all rights to your old computer with the license key for it and you have no control on how much money it can be sold for. If you want that kind of control, sell it yourself and buy a new license key with the money you get back. You also have no control on how fast it sells, but the group will do it's best to get a good selling price for your old computer & license key, as the whole purpose of this group is to solve a perceived problem, not create a new one.
Now, who wants to help with this group? I'll do it by myself if I have to, but I am on a limited income, which will greatly limit the number of users that I can help each month with this offer.
Hopefully this will be a win-win solution for the few users that are unhappy with the current licensing model, though I know that it is not what they want to happen and is far from an ideal solution for anyone, including me, or the group that will be helping to fund this idea.
Happy New Year!
P.S. MorphOS Development Team, I leave it up to you to find a better solution to the license key tied to hardware complaint and also to any solution to the few complaints regarding the pricing of MorphOS. I of course realize that neither of these complaints may appear to be a problem that you feel the team needs to solve, or indeed to do anything at all about. I am just trying to do my small part to help support an OS that I see value in supporting and hope will continue to evolve and grow (contrary to what some may say about it shrinking and on it way toward dying already).
Sorry this is a continuation of an "Off Topic" comments and remarks.
[ Edited by amigadave on 2009/12/28 22:28 ]
MorphOS - The best Next Gen Amiga choice.