I really don’t see the problem. It’s free hosting that shuts down after x minutes without use. I wouldn’t send any potential users to that site. It’s consistently unreachable and has bad latency most of the time. The only downside is people who use it to showcase packages. They will either need to pay or take down their demos which is kind of unfortunate.
Knowing that the site isn’t reachable is better, IMO, than wondering if the site is down. Every few days for the last few weeks there has been a post “Are the *.meteor.com sites down?” well at least now you have a definitive answer.
MDG will have more time to take care of Galaxy infrastructure, pull requests, and everything else related to the actual meteor ecosystem rather than trying to support literally thousands of apps for free.
As to whether or not paying customers will be treated “the same” I would say no. Premium and Enterprise subscriptions have 24x7x365 SLA. Plus if meteor wants to keep their doors open so they can keep developing this technology that we use for free something has to give and I cant imagine that running those thousands of apps is cheap.
Hosting meteor apps is hard which is probably why people in this thread are upset but just imagine how much harder it would be if you were hosting thousands of meteor apps for free.
We are not entitled to free hosting because we use meteor. It is (was) a nice-to-have.
Given the current state of funding in tech I can understand why they are shutting it down. Free hosting is expensive and investment money is harder to come by. Now, instead of the stereotypical “we are going to grow at the expense of losing money” companies are going to have to build sustainable businesses without the hope of VC(s) injecting millions of dollars into the company.
It sucks because it was so easy but $0.035/container/hour is an incredibly good deal.