See, that mod is much better. I can’t believe those lovely green green stripes were removed to begin with; they were one of the most alluring aspects of the old design and tied in well with the name.
As for the analogy, I see your point (although I’d have probably gone with the contextually closer Windows), but I think the dispute largely comes from Shaun not at any point indicating he’d charge per version of Mint. When most of us bought Mint, we thought we were buying Mint — not version one of Mint. And don’t tell me the difference is significant enough to be compared to upgrading from Windows 98 to XP because it’s really not that much better on a day-to-day basis, Peppers included in the mix.
But yes, it is my prerogative. And as a result I won’t be upgrading to Mint 2, as not only paying $30 for the initial version but then $19 for this upgrade and those in the future is something I just can’t justify for what is a relatively low-level script. After a few versions I’d be paying an equal price to the likes of vBulletin, which is blatantly infinitely more complex. Mint seems to be aimed at trendies, designers, and bloggers above all else, but the audience (which usually has fairly non-monetised sites) is being bled dry.
Just an opinion, of course. You guys are free to pay $19 (or more) for each version Shaun considers a major update for all your sites, but for someone like me who largely runs sites for fun outside of work it’s just too much — especially considering I run a bunch of them. Perhaps if it were more squarely aimed at the business market where such prices are justifiable there’d be less grumbling in the blogosphere.
Sorry to bring negativity here, but the prospect of paying the same as I do for almost half a year of web hosting just for statistics on one of my hobby sites is a totally saddening prospect, and as far as value for money goes I’m not convinced once you factor free alternatives into the equation, one of which I’ll be going with for my future projects.