Yes, I would definitely pay for ROMs and themes
Yes, I would pay for ROMs but not themes
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No, this is a terrible idea
I'm not sure
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If you charge for a rom then I have a right to complain and demand a fix for every bug I see. Its like the android market if people bought an app and its buggy they gonna let the people know.
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Nobody's stopping anyone from charging.
In fact, the Ultimate Droid team was doing just that -- charging for access to the nightlies.
So, say it isn't illegal, how much thought have you put in to your distribution system? In order to keep it from just getting passed around through other people's sharing and torrents, you'd probably want to have some kind of system key or something like that. Where would that be implemented? Somewhere between flashing and re-activating the phone? And I'd assume you'd have to keep a growing database of key's to deal with the inevitable "I've lost my key" problems. And throw in some servers to host the files, that would have to deal with a potential high amount of people purchasing and downloading the software at the same time.
I don't have any experience with selling software, but it definitely sounds like something you wanna make sure you have all your ducks in a row first. If you're serious about this, I'd suggest starting a kickstart donation page, have a really good pitch as to why pay for a rom, and then start shopping it out to all the droid/droidx/android forums out there to start getting the ball rolling.
Don't a lot of people develop using the Android SDK? I know it's open source, is it part of the GNU Public License? Personally, I feel if you're developing using a platform that was free for the developer to acquire, and no one is making them develop the ROMS, they don't have a right to charge.
That said, I fully support donating to developers on your own accord.
The other issue with charging for a rom is unless you build it from source and compiled the code yourself it seems as if you would be taking somebody elses work and making money off of it. If you build on top of motorola's build, cyanogen's, or another dev or you use their code and you get paid then it would be only right for you to pay them. Now you have to charge more just to cover the fees you paid to use someone else's code. It seems like every time you put money into something drama follows. I understand its a grueling process and you would get more making apps. But even apps have to be worth the money for people to buy it. App developers are not banking.