Download Synergy for free (as in free beer).
I decided to create a free download page for Synergy, which makes older versions of our compiled binaries and source code available without the need to pay (for the latest version, users still need to purchase).
I’m hoping this will make Synergy more accessible to people who can’t afford to pay (for example, students or those living in developing countries) while still keeping our project funded. I am trying to figure out how to give the latest version to those who genuinely cannot afford it, as I believe this is important, but haven’t yet figured out a way to make sure this won’t be abused (but I’m working on it).
Secondly, while Synergy is free (as in freedom) many free download sites host our compiled binaries in order to profit their own business without giving back to the Synergy community. While this is legal and permitted by the GPL (how we license our work), I feel it goes against the spirit of our community. Given that file hosting is so cheap these days, I don’t feel that just providing hosting is enough. Free download sites profit from the work of others by either advertising (which is surprisingly lucrative) or bundling the original version with other (unwanted) software which results in a poor user experience. In an ideal world, companies profiting from our work would contribute back to our community, but this doesn’t appear to be happening, and I’m pretty sure it never will (there are countless ways to contribute, and file hosting just doesn’t cut it for me).
Please link to the free Synergy download page from your website or blog to make our advert-free download page the first result when searching for “Synergy free download” on search engines.
<a href="http://synergy-project.org/download/free/">Download Synergy for free</a>