?paid subscription hell? --- and the kicker is the devices support is needed dont work

i find this aggravating!!! basically peddling rubbish

i want -> * Local Debugging

the rest of this is utterly useless to me…
why do we need a subscription to use debugging in platformio? why is there no support for …
Error: Currently, PlatformIO does not support debugging for Arduino Mega or Mega 2560 ATmega2560 (Mega 2560).

i used the subscribe to remove errors and see if i could get it to work with my cmsis-dap adapter after following the guide for its support and i get the above message.

[27901.143699] usb 2-1.1: USB disconnect, device number 59
[27904.217375] usb 2-1.1: new high-speed USB device number 60 using ehci-pci
[27904.330966] usb 2-1.1: New USB device found, idVendor=03eb, idProduct=2180, bcdDevice= 1.00
[27904.330972] usb 2-1.1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
[27904.330976] usb 2-1.1: Product: MPLAB Snap ICD CMSIS-DAP
[27904.330980] usb 2-1.1: Manufacturer: Microchip Technology Incorporated
[27904.330984] usb 2-1.1: SerialNumber: ****************
[27904.332599] hid-generic 0003:03EB:2180.005B: hiddev1,hidraw2: USB HID v1.11 Device [Microchip Technology Incorporated MPLAB Snap ICD CMSIS-DAP] on usb-0000:00:1d.0-1.1/input0
[27904.332859] cdc_acm 2-1.1:1.1: ttyACM0: USB ACM device

glad i didnt bother paying for it the following rubbish is useless to me.

Name PIO Plus Community

Expires never


  • OTA Device Manager – rubbish
  • Remote Agent List – rubbish
  • 1 Concurrent Remote Agent – rubbish
  • 1 Share per Remote Agent – rubbish
  • Remote Serial Port Monitor (50 per month) – rubbish anybody can do this piping a serial device over ssh
  • Remote Firmware Updates (100 per month) – rubbish anybody can do this using scripts over ssh
  • Remote Unit Testing (10 per month) – rubbish who tests them?

Name PIO Plus Professional Trial

Expires in about a month


  • Local Unit Testing – rubbish the programmer does this task why pay for it???
  • 30 Shares per Remote Agent – rubbish get a vps for the same price or less and do a whole lot more
  • 10 Concurrent Remote Agents – rubbish as above
  • Remote Serial Port Monitor (5,000 per month) – rubbish pipe serial over ssh
  • Remote Firmware Updates (10,000 per month) – rubbish build this into your own firmware and put the file on your own vps or cheap $2 a month website.
  • Local Debugging — this is needed why pay a subscription??? now forced to setup makefiles so i can edit on vscode and compile debug in other “free” commercial environments
  • Remote Unit Testing (1,000 per month) – rubbish setup your own unit testing.

ever buy a loaf of bread and then had to pay to to eat each slice?

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This is what I suspected. Why would I commit to a year’s ‘subscription’ of almost $120 ($10/month) for ‘free’ software to debug an Arduino board that I paid $27.50 for?

The IDE and unified debugger look nice, but I’m struggling to come up with a reason to pay for this. Subscription models of paying for things get you locked in for at least a year, and then when people hit problems (as you have discovered), there’s no recourse. It’s basically hostage-ware.

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