At my last count there were seventeen Start Menu applications (including Classic
Shell's Classic Start Menu) for Windows NT 6.2. While a few are freeware or
supported by donations like Classic Shell, many like
Start8 are are commercial software
that got a lot of their ideas and in some cases it would even appear code
inspiration from Classic Shell...
That may seem trivial, but Start8 for example will make its Developer Stardock
several million $U.S. with contracts, and while that income goes to support a
fairly large staff -- unless Ivo is already independently wealthy I doubt he's
doing as well on donations from original, better, more mature, robust and
feature rich software then Stardock is from a little over a month old beta
Perhaps the digression into business away from the good will nature of FOSS is
just not something to Classic Shell's Developer, but I'd like to offer
(another) suggestion, on a subject I understand far better then programing;
that you roll-out a new version 'Classic Start' exclusively designed for
Windows NT 6.2 with a license that offers more opportunity remuneration.
Students and Microsoft 'Spark' program participants could be allowed to use
the software for free, but regular consumers, and especially commercial and
government institutions would be required to purchase a per seat license.
This suggestion may on the surface appear to be of the typically ill conceived
development fork, but if you have any desire to be remunerated for your hard
work it offers more means to that end as well as needed greater product
clarity which sadly is lost on a lot of Windows Users that don't even
understand what a Windows 'Shell' is, and sadly find the Classic Shell site to
'technically challenging', and even bigger eye roller so to will the Finance
and Purchasing Executives that are already shopping 'Start Menu' products for
their enterprise deployments.
Obviously, you're the man with the man skills, doing all the hard work and
Classic Shell is yours to take in any direction that pleases you -- and
regardless I am personally very grateful to you for all you've done in making
my my use of the Microsoft Windows OS a better smoother ride!