So by that line of thinking... do you also want Win98, WinME, and WinXP completely and unconditionally for free just because you bought Win95? I'm guessing you think it costs nothing for people to produce software upgrades?
The enhancements are the product of months of my own hard work. Now I'm supposed to just give the results to the public domain?
Put simply: those who received the enhanced BIOS image as a file were just lucky. After I received the 50th request, I got tired of dealing with the flooded Inbox and closed the offer.
Considering that only one of 50 recipients actually followed up with a Paypal contribution, I'm just not inclined to open up my Inbox to freely provide the enhanced BIOS as an Image File, and am sticking to BadFlash as the preferred distribution source. The $10 or so he charges compensates him for his time and effort in answering questions, and packaging and shipping the product.
I don't have the time or the energy to set up an E-Commerce site just to make a few dollars per unit. It's just not profitable enough to warrant the hassle for me.
Quite frankly, I think those with v5 machines should just be happy that the original Patched v5 BIOS was produced in the first place. Without it, there'd sure be a lot of silent IOpeners out there.
The current BadFlash BIOS is a polished product that most end-users would want in their systems. It was originally slated to coincide with the huge availability of v5's sold through Home Shopping Network and other sources. If you're above a mere end-user (which I expect most of you are), then you don't need the enhancements and can get along just fine.
Finally, for history's sake... I had no intention of releasing any BIOS Upgrade in the first place -- only releasing a CDROM-Bootable BIOS after Netpliance announced it was leaving the consumer ISP market.