And why don't you just use their form which they have to ask for user input so they can improve? https://www.maxon.net/en/support/suggestions/ So much wind, rage and wasted life time because a free software is only available in a specific online store, unbelievable
I am not a lawyer and have no deeper insights about the legal system, but I wouldn't be surprised if paragraph 123.XYZ.AB covers "careless act" or something. I just threw in my two cents why I could think someone can't accept third-party hosters
1. If a company cares about their users, they can't allow anyone else hosting it. They could be held liable if they accept that their software gets distributed by whoever wants to. Think about, what would happen if there would ever be malware in such package and someone could proof they were ok...
So they see and get their users feedback. As you said, a previous version was portable, but not this one. Maybe they have an exclusive contract, we all don't know. And if they went this way, it's their right. That's how software license agreements work
I agree! Then you should say that you would like to have a non-store version. My only point is, I understand why a company still wants to keep control over where and how their (certified) software is available.
disclaimer: i am a dev myself and work in the hardware industry
I am not a huge fan of the store version either but it's their right to publish it where they want to and you don't know why they did that. But someone who puts together such a software has their reason why. Computer games are often first released on one platform and later for a broader...