Per the pricing plan, all licenses are forever licenses, but the lowest two tiers only offer 1 year of updates.

After that you can choose to renew, or continue with your current version.

If you do not like subscriptions, there still a lifetime plan, but at a higher pricepoint.

All existing plans are grandfathered in.

Full announcement form Lime: https://unraid.net/blog/pricing-change

Note: I have mixed emotions about this, but I’m seeing a lot of rage bait, and if we’re going to rage we might as well have our facts straight.

If you haven’t subbed already and are interested, check out the unraid community at [email protected]. We are already discussing it over there too.

  • @Telodzrum
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    694 months ago

    I’m fine with this. The old model was great and unsustainable. They are switching with the explicit goal of not taking VC money, which is a good thing in any context.

    • ScrubblesOP
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      454 months ago

      This is where I’m conflicted. Software development is hard and it’s expensive. I completely understand that the old model was unsustainable.

      HOWEVER - I’ve seen this a dozen times before. They make a move that’s not great but it is understandable with the community. It’s the next move that I worry about, when all of a sudden there is a subscription, or those old “lifetime” plans suddenly aren’t lifetime. I remember PlayOn TV suddenly saying “Well now it’s PlayOn Home. That’s a new product, so you did get the lifetime of the old PlayOn TV! So we didn’t really reneg on our deal!” Immediately in the garbage.

      So, I’ll be staying on for now… with a big “we’ll fuckin’ see” in the next few years.

      • @wreckedcarzz
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        194 months ago

        Me over here with a lifetime plex pass: “…uhhh, did you just feel that?”

        • @thantik
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          54 months ago

          Just learn a simple reverse proxy and swap out for jellyfin. Other than Plex not handling the user subscription/account side (privacy!) it’s basically the same thing with some small edge cases like people with WebOS TVs and shit.

          • @wreckedcarzz
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            124 months ago

            Unpopular but I’ve tried hard to switch to JF cold-turkey, twice, and both times it looks and acts like a hobby project. It’s so far behind the curve it’s rather upsetting, as that seems to be the ‘best’ we have for foss options.

            Settings (all of them, global application or library) have way too many options with way too little explanation to what they do. With categories, either use them or don’t, but like 6 categories for everything and you scroll through 25 settings isn’t ‘categorization’ it’s just a mess; can we get a nested menu please. No simple dvr solution - I shouldn’t be required to pay a separate company a monthly fee for guide info. The UI screams ‘my designer is also a developer’ like it has a face only a mother can love. For https setup unless you know to just run a reverse proxy (I didn’t the first time), the instructions might as well be a rubix cube compared to plex’s execution. The metadata it pulls is alright I guess, but by that point I had already thrown in the towel. Oh yeah, hardware acceleration requiring manual setup is just no bueno; at this point it’s like I’m taking a half-done Lego set and finishing it because my kid got bored and took a nap, and because I don’t value my time enough I see it through to the end.

            I want it to get better, genuinely, but damn does it have a way to go.

            • JustEnoughDucks
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              74 months ago

              Hard agree. I love jellyfin and use it exclusively, but getting hardware acceleration working is a mess, the movie and show selection UI is really written by a developer and is very basic and 2010ish.

              Android apps like Findroid really improve this, but the webUI and androidTV/chromecast UI really need an overhaul.

              • MaggiWuerze
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                24 months ago

                Thank you. When I mention how hard it is to get HW running, especially compared to Plex, people start acting like I’m mentally handicapped.

              • @thantik
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                14 months ago

                Hardware acceleration was as simple as choosing NVENC and saving for me. What are you guys doing wrong?

                • JustEnoughDucks
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                  24 months ago

                  Intel Arc GPU. Had to enable a few modules, reboot, debug, follow the jellyfin docs for writing to some configs, reboot, didn’t work. Follow the error messages which are pretty much useless, get pointed to stuff that isn’t relevant. Finally someone on a forum had a good reply where they told me I have to download the entire linux proprietary firmware directory, extract the i915 folder from it, and plop it in my firmware folder and reboot. Then everything loaded and hwacceleration worked.

            • @TBi
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              24 months ago

              Try Emby. Hardware acceleration works out of the box. It is paid though but I’m very happy with it for past few years.

              • @wreckedcarzz
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                14 months ago

                I tried it many years ago, but it’s been on my list to revisit for a while now yeah.

            • @thantik
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              I don’t watch TV, just shows and movies, so I didn’t ever need the DVR functionality. So I get that. NVENC encoding was as simple as choosing it and hitting save; so I’m not sure why you were having troubles there unless you were trying to set up docker or some shit, but that’s on you for using containerization, not on jellyfin.

              And the UI is short, sweet, and to the point - exactly what I want to select a show and have it get out of my way. It looks almost exactly like AndroidTV did when it was introduced. Just a nice, clean way to select and start what you want.

              • @wreckedcarzz
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                34 months ago

                I don’t use the dvr functions myself, but family does, heavily, so it’s an automatic show-stopper at the end of the day until that sees some love.

                Docker, yeah. I have had minimal and solvable issues with other containers, and I believe docker is my only option (synology nas); but again I’d point at plex, as there’s a container available that has 0 setup for hwa (beyond the container pull), and it “just works” so…

                Eh, I mean it “works” but it’s this uninspiring blue-on-black with white text that feels like it came straight from 2004. It’s so… Toyota Corolla of UI “designs”. I guess if the settings were decently laid out and easy to understand I wouldn’t have to spend so much time staring at it and maybe it wouldn’t bother me but again the setup/config is painful and options are obtuse at times, requiring time and research and tinkering… so here we are :/

          • @[email protected]
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            24 months ago

            Jellyfin still doesn’t have a good solution for music. None of the players that support it are anywhere near as good as Plexamp.

            • @thantik
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              24 months ago

              Yeah, that’s certainly the truth.

      • JohnWorks
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        54 months ago

        I’ll keep using it until they no longer let me, I guess. Pretty sure OMV and TrueNAS have matured enough to fall to if unRAID decides to go full subscription, at least.

      • @Telodzrum
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        34 months ago

        Hey, fellow PlayOn lifetime subscriber! I feel you and not everyone needs to feel the way I do about this. But, I’m fine with it. That may change, but it’s where I am now.

    • @[email protected]
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      My biggest problem is security updates.

      The “x years of upgrades” model is okay when it’s for an app, where you can just keep using it with the old feature set and no harm is done.

      But Unraid isn’t an app, it’s a whole operating system.

      With this new licensing model, over time we will see many people sticking with old versions because they dont want to pay to renew - and then what happens when critical security vulnerabilities are found?

      The question was already asked on the Unraid forum thread, and the answer from them on whether they would provide security updates for non-latest versions was basically “we don’t know” - due to how much effort they would need to spend to individually fix all those old versions, and the team size it would require.

      It’s going to be a nightmare.

      Any user who cares about good security practice is effectively going to be forced to pay to renew, because the alternative will be to leave yourself potentially vulnerable.

      • @MigratingtoLemmy
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        44 months ago

        At which point such an user might already be looking at TrueNAS/DIY setups TBH

    • @[email protected]
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      -24 months ago

      There’s all kinds of people being born every day, growing up and becoming self hosting unRAID users. Meanwhile current license holders are growing older and dying off.

      How is continuing to charge for new people to get into unRAID unsustainable? If it’s worked this long but isn’t now then increase the prices, or watch your overhead.

      I’m here until my pro license starts costing me again. If that happens, I’ll likely jump just like I have done with other products I paid for that changed our original agreement.

      • @[email protected]
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        34 months ago

        But if you already have a license they aren’t changing the agreement with you? I also don’t think there was ever any agreement that everyone else would get the same agreement as you

        • CazRaX
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          14 months ago

          I think they mean IF the license for old users changes, other companies have done that before. I’m on the same boat as him, if my UnRAID license suddenly means I need to start paying again I am switching.

  • thragtacular
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    244 months ago

    Ah, yes, the Autodesk style “not a subscription.”

    Which lasts JUST long enough to get people to buy in on the lower levels before they pull the fucking rug.

  • Shimitar
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    224 months ago

    Some of you guys are nahive.

    The true and best open source stuff is not developed for profit. Once it is, its only a matter of time because, guess what, software development is never really profitable no matter how much you piss off your user base.

    Don’t get me wrong: nothing bad in seeking profit, I do it myself too, I don’t live of thin air…

    But true open source projects are not developed by seeking sustainability and profit out of it. I steer away from any such project because it’s doomed sooner or later and history is full of those projects.

    • @Oddbin
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      114 months ago

      Naive/naïve?

      I searched for “nahive” just in case it was a word I hadn’t heard of but it doesn’t seem to be.

      • Shimitar
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        24 months ago

        For it to be, you need a solid paying user base. Which is not the case at hand.

        Very often also at.enterprise level the big money is in training, support and courses rather than in the software licenses per se.

        • Atemu
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          14 months ago

          Well duh, most software these days doesn’t have a direct license cost; you don’t pay for the Netflix app on your TV, you pay for Netflix the service.

          (Okay, Netflix might not be the best example for sustainable software-based profit but you get the idea.)

  • JJLinux
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    214 months ago

    I was about to fly off my handle when I heard this, and was about to send them an email to give them a good piece of my kind. But I chose to read first (don’t do this very often) and I found that this applies to new customers only. I think this is pretty fair. I’ve been using Unraid for 5 years now, and have absolutely no regrets. Anyone thinking on getting an unraid license, now is the time.

    • ScrubblesOP
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      84 months ago

      Yeah, there have been posts saying “They’re going subscription!!” and that’s why I made this one. They’re not going subscription. It makes me hella nervous that they might go subscription, but for now they’re not. I’m alarmed and watching, but my pitchfork is still in the shed. …for now.

    • @[email protected]
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      44 months ago

      Haha me too! I only use 6 drives but bought a pro key just to support. However, if I had to then pay more I would have felt wronged and would have joined the ESXi boys jumpimg on the proxmox train. Might ride that train someday just to learn it.

      • @[email protected]
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        34 months ago

        Proxmox is great but if you are happy on unraid then it does make a lot of things simple that may or may not (depending on what we’re talking about) be as easy on PVE. For example, PVE is not a storage solution first; sure you can do lots of storage stuff but you should not host shares directly off it for example (set up a container or VM to host the shares passed through from the storage pool on the host box).

        You get more control and customization (which is where I was very happy; I have a cluster and my network shares are a service I manage within that) but if you are looking for a NAS-first solution for a single server, give something like TrueNAS Scale a good look before you take the plunge.

  • @lemming741
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    154 months ago

    The water is not that hot!

  • @[email protected]
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    154 months ago

    They’ve gotta make money somehow.

    Having a bunch of intentionally out of date systems seems like a bad idea though.

    • ScrubblesOP
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      34 months ago

      I’m hoping security updates are always included, but new features could be gated by lifetime/subscription. But no word on that yet.

    • JJLinux
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      24 months ago

      At least they are being honest and keeping their word on the lifetime promise to those who bought those. How many other companies keep their word like that?

  • @[email protected]
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    144 months ago

    I read the whole thread just waiting to see something that would make me go, “Oh, see, there it is - that’s how it’s a trick. That’s why it’s a double-speak betrayal.”

    And…I didn’t see it. It honestly looks like they are doing a thing to help develop the product in a way that as a user, I want; and they are not throwing current users under the bus or bait-and-switching what we were promised when we committed to the platform.

    New users may not have it quite as good, but it still seems reasonable, and honestly - getting involved early is something that should be rewarded in special ways. We accept it in all sorts of other contexts (just with more up-front information, but not in materially different outcomes).

  • @TurdMongler
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    134 months ago

    Proxmox, OpenMediaVault VM, Docker, Portainer, SnapRaid.

    • @TBi
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      44 months ago

      I have similar setup but without PROXMOX. I tried it but never saw the benefit. Using ZFS for bitrot protection.

    • @[email protected]
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      Simple to use NAS software. Has a unique raid model that allows adding as few or as many discs as you like of whatever size. You can start with 3 and add 1, 2 or more to the array, no issues. The parity model also lets you add as many parity discs as you like, as long as they are the same size as the largest disk.

      Had early docker support as well, so it’s easy to spin up and integrate docker apps on the same server.

      Lastly, they used to sell an excellent 8 bay standalone case. Think its been some years since they did.

    • @baconman1945
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      I like what u/mosiacmango said.

      Also, as someone new to self hosting, Linux, containers, networking and assembling computers, Unraid has made the steep learning curve easier to climb.

      From my perspective, staring at Unraid’s Black Friday pricing, it was a no brainer when the alternatives seem to be truenas and maybe Synology. Truenas would’ve had a steeper learning curve, and Synology provides a cookie cutter experience and learning little.

      • @wreckedcarzz
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        A different perspective:

        I run a syno box and I have been learning quite a bit; driven recently by docker and ngix, basically. It removes the daunting ‘everything in *nix is commands in a terminal’ and gives me this nice UI and bumpers so I don’t royally fuck myself (at least not without warnings and scary red icons telling me beforehand).

        The hardware is meh and the upcharge is yikes but it’s kept my data safe while I screw around “in prod”; and when I do actually mess up, the backup system is easy enough to use and recovery saves my skin in just a few minutes (snapshots too, super convenient). That’s what I want - a touch of guidance (so those changes at 4am where I skim the docs and get a warning about a dangerous command making me double-check before execution), a simple UI for system things (backups, control panel, user account access…), but the ability to venture beyond their little garden. Training wheels to be fast, loose, a bit reckless - but still safe.

        Funny enough, I was looking at unraid for a replacement/transition not even a week ago. But I figured that there wasn’t a compelling reason to switch (the website is barren for actual feature information), and figured I’ll upgrade to a new syno box in a couple years instead. This unraid news is concerning but at least I get to watch what happens from the outside looking in, see how it goes.

    • @CaptPretentious
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      They provide a simple, out of the box ,turnkey solution with a common UI to configure and manage the whole thing. Out of the box it covers most situations someone might need for a basic home server.

      Down voted to negative… No counter points given… ok.

  • Snot Flickerman
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    While it’s a valid business decision, and while I can see that they’re trying to open more storage options for lower tiers, it does feel like a bait-and-switch to me. I’ve had so many people pushing this to me and I’ve been interested, but unable to justify the money for a license, because I’m poor and have severe health problems in the USA, which means unfortunately my money is better spent elsewhere.

    So when I’m finally getting close to feeling like I might maybe have a spare $90 I could put towards a Plus license, it just feels lame that if I don’t come up with the money soon, I’ll be left paying for updates each year.

    On the current Buy Now page it reads “Buy Once, Use for Life. No subscription. No hidden fees.”

    This just feels like the first step of enshittification to me. While its great the low-level plans now have access to more storage devices, now it is a subscription if you want to keep security updates? So no subscription until they change their minds, essentially. I don’t know, it definitely makes me feel less inclined to invest my money in it. I never saw myself needing more than 12 storage devices, and a lifetime of updates seemed like a great deal. This seems like an average deal. I don’t even have close to 12 drives, so having “unlimited” storage devices seems… pointless to a casual user trying to set up a cheap NAS at home.

  • @cmbabul
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    Good now I don’t have to plan a huge data migration for a good long while

  • LiveLM
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    Not gonna lie, I thought it already worked like this.
    As long as the lifetime licenses continue to be a thing, it’s great.