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    I wonder if folks would have this same reaction if a developer license was $10 a year? Is it a purely financial decision or is it just that they’re being asked to quantify their hobby at all?

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      It’s not just the developer license; you have to:

      • Own a mac (recent enough to run a supported OS) in order to run the signing tools,
      • Spend your hobby time packaging your work for apple to review (rather than just distributing a zipfile which extracts the app, you need the whole signing workflow on each release),
      • Send apple your work for review, and be subject to arbitrary rejection (for the app store).

      To this first-world-living, employed, healthy programmer, the $100/year is an irrelevance. Stealing my hobby time to make me jump through banal hoops is not (to be clear: I would be more OK with doing this if it weren’t such a hassle; signature verification isn’t without its merits).

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        Yes. I haven’t owned a Mac since 2011, but I’m getting requests for a small open source project I haven’t really worked on since 2012 to be updated.

        It’s no great tragedy that I probably won’t ever update it for Catalina, but it is a bit of a shame.

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          I have quite a few apps that will stop working in Catalina. I just don’t care enough; this MacBook Air will go in the collection room when 10.14 is no longer supported.