I have no problem using FTDI, or buying anything that uses FTDI. Don't buy knockoff crap and it's not a problem. On the off-chance you do end up getting a knockoff chip in a legitimate product, talk to the manufacturer so they can RMA it and get their supply lines sorted out.That's great if you are a patient end-user consumer with a non-critical application and no particular time schedule.
And buying something expensive enough to come with the bare minimum of "Customer Service".
Apparently you didn't read much of the original discussion.
Who on earth purchases a critical piece of equipment with a hard time deadline and refuses to pay enough for the bare minimum of "Customer Service"
They deserve to get kicked in the ass for being so short-sighted.
No, I didn't read the original discussion, and if this is the kind of attitude in it I'm glad I didn't.
FTDI put/puts a lot of time and money into writing and maintaining their drivers, getting them signed and certified, integrated into the Windows Update ecosystem and the Linux kernel, etc. They recoup this cost through a slightly higher sales price on their products, and people pay it because of the convenience. Why would you expect to be able to use FTDI's drivers, for free, forever, without purchasing their product? That attitude just blows my mind. You should consider every day you've been able to use FTDI's drivers with your counterfeit device as a gift, rather than freaking out when that privilege is finally revoked. This attitude of entitlement bothers me to no end. I suppose Microsoft's "Genuine Advantage" system should be renamed into Microsoft-gate too?
These counterfeit companies are welcome to build their own devices, but they should also be writing their own drivers and going through the same process as FTDI to integrate those drivers into consumer operating systems, maintaining them, etc., in order to make their devices usable to end-users. What's that? Doing so would mean they'd have to charge FTDI-like prices? Oh shucks, I guess the world does make sense after-all.
Don't want to deal with this kind of BS? Then quit shopping on eBay and Alibaba and spend an extra dollar on the real thing.
Note: I'm using "you" in the collective sense, not you specifically.