witchbutter wrote:On top of that all the tools in it are all open source projects, and to me he has decided to charge for what others have created as open source.
FWIW, I'm the developer of GPT fdisk (gdisk, cgdisk, and sgdisk),
which is one of the partitioning tools included in Parted Magic. Three months ago I received a donation from Patrick Verner (Parted Magic's developer) -- nowhere near enough to retire on, or even to pay my car loan for the month, but it ties with two or three others for the largest donations I've received for GPT fdisk or my other project, rEFInd. I don't know if Verner has donated to other contributing projects, but he has at least given back a little to me.
Also FWIW, I can't really get too worked up over this move. Charging for a meta-package like Parted Magic is fine, so long as all the source code that goes into it is still available (which it is). There are alternatives to Parted Magic, so those who don't want to pay can use something else. If you want to use Parted Magic rather than (say) System Rescue CD, then that means that Verner has done a better job (for your needs) than others, and of course that implies he's put some effort into it. If he chooses to charge for that work, then that's his right.
Note that, aside from having used Pated Magic a few times myself, and having recommended it publicly in the past, and the aforementioned donation, I have no affiliation with Patrick Verner -- that is, I'm not defending him because we're college buddies or anything like that.