ABC are not magical wizards. This is the deception upon which their power rests. If people believe they are irreplaceable, then ABC can get away with murder.
I can do what they do. I am doing what they do. Lots of people in this space are qualified to do what they do.
Actually -- what they do is back-port Core all day. They don't even write their own code. It's 95% smoke and mirrors what they do.
But I digress -- we have to dispel the perception that they are somehow special or unique. They are just a software project. And we have no shortage of qualified programmers in this space (still).
Here is an example:
Let me tell you about Flowee. It works great and has worked great for years. It's run by 1 guy, Tom Zander. He's doing it all on the cheap. It's 100% compatible with everything and runs great.
What Amaury's team does can be done literally by 1 guy in his spare time. It is being done literally by 1 guy in his spare time!
Now, having been in this space for years -- let me explain the dev team racket to you:
ABC is not as expensive as ABC would have you believe. They are just trying to inflate the numbers and have everybody convinced it's super expensive to do what they do -- so that they can, you know, get more money.
It's a deception.
- First, convince you to not use anybody else's software because theirs doesn't have the cooties but everybody else's does.
- Next, once you're all running their stuff -- ask for lots of money.
- You will pay up. You'll be too afraid to say no.
That's the racket.