I don't like what a couple of big business has done.
I won't defend what Apple, Microsoft, Google, Oracle etc. done to make big money.
Apple and Microsoft did not make their free Office suites because they needed to - they did it because Google did and because other Office Suites are available free of charge and they wanted to stay in market.
I will defend what small companies do and why they do it.
FUD or fact
Statements such as these reflect a general attitude of parts of the Linux community.
To answer your question - is it FUD or facts?
It is FUD because you don't have any facts to back the statement on the software being crippled.
And actually the attitude that a developer should work for me on my favorite apps for free or I can throw him a donation if I feel good - that attitude is disgusting.
What I would like is for everyone to appreciate the hard work that goes into producing quality software. Thousands of code lines even millions in complex software.
What is crippled
This is crippled
Calling an application crippled suggests the application was developed to the full extent and that functions and features then were removed to make it attractive to support the full version.
That is the wrong view because usually it goes the other way around.
An application is developed and released. Then features are defined and added - with object oriented programming - in a modular way, by creating building blocks which maybe reused with other application.
When you like JetBrains has a modular base you can easily extend that base to cover specific tasks e.g. Python, Java, C#, C, Web, Ruby and the list goes on and on.
Do you think any of the above mentioned applications are crippled?
They are not - they are designed to do a specific task.
FreeOffice is a very current example - the app is developed with some basic tasks in mind - that is not crippling as claimed in the referenced comment.
- Read and write documents, spreadsheets and presentations.
- Print a document on paper if required.
That is what most people do!
Of course there may be enhanced functionality which very few users require but then you buy in either onetime based or subscription based.
This is a very common business model because developers are human beings providing for their families.
Another example is StackEdit.io - it is a brilliant markdown editor - completely free of charge. But you will find that the export function is limited to users actively supporting the developer. That is not crippled - the editor works. You can even connect your dropbox, google drive etc. and store your documents there.
So everyone please get down from that high horse, throw away your scrooge behavior and support your local software developer.
There is nothing wrong with paying a developer for the work he/she does.
They are doing a good job but getting a lot of bad vibe.