On March 14th, we received the following message sent by docker:
Free Team organizations are a legacy subscription tier that no longer exists. This tier included many of the same features, rates, and functionality as a paid Docker Team subscription.
After reviewing the list of accounts that are members of legacy Free Team organizations, we’ve identified yours as potentially being one of them.
If you own a legacy Free Team organization, access to paid features — including private repositories — will be suspended on April 14, 2023 (11:59 pm UTC). Upgrade your subscription before April 14, 2023 to continue accessing your organization.
If you don’t upgrade to a paid subscription, Docker will retain your organization data for 30 days, after which it will be subject to deletion. During that time, you will maintain access to any images in your public repositories, though rate limitations will apply. At any point during the 30-day period, you can restore access to your organization account if you upgrade to a paid subscription. Visit our FAQ for more information.
We will defer any organization suspension or deletion while DSOS application is under review, and give organizations at least 30 days before we suspend the organization if the application is ultimately rejected.
Any organizations suspended or deleted will not release the namespace, so squatting previous namespaces will not be possible.
Thank you and please keep the open feedback coming!
We relaunched the Docker-Sponsored Open Source program in September 2022 (blog post here). Since we made significant changes to the qualification criteria (we removed the limitation of not being able to have commercial funding for your project), we emailed all projects who applied the to Docker-Sponsored Open Source program prior to September to invite them to reapply with our new review process. If you did not receive that communication, there may have been gaps in email deliverability. I encourage everyone to apply to the Docker-Sponsored Open Source program using the updated application form and criteria.
Additionally, thank you for the feedback on the submission form. We are using your suggestions to inform how we can bring more clarity to the Docker-Sponsored Open Source program and ultimately serve the open-source community as best we can.
The Docker Free Team subscription was deprecated in part because it was poorly targeted. In particular, it didn’t serve the open source audience as well as our recently updated Docker-Sponsored Open Source program, the latter offering benefits that exceed those of the deprecated Free Team plan.
We’d also like to clarify that public images will only be removed from Docker Hub if their maintainer decides to delete them. We’re sorry that our initial communications failed to make this clear.
We apologize again for the poor communication and execution surrounding this deprecation and promise to continue to listen to community feedback.
Will open source images I rely on get deleted?
Not by Docker. Public images will only disappear if the maintainer of the image decides to proactively delete it from Docker Hub. If the maintainer takes no action, we will continue to distribute their public images. (Of course, if the maintainer migrates to the Docker-Sponsored Open Source program or to a paid Docker subscription, we will also continue to distribute their public images.)
Docker is reversing its original plan This means we do not need to migrate our images.
date: Mar 24, 2023, 5:25 PM
subject: We’re no longer sunsetting Free Team organizations
On March 14, 2023, we emailed you about your Free Team subscription, outlining our intention to sunset that plan. After listening to the concerns of the community, we’ve decided to reverse course, and are no longer sunsetting the Free Team plan.
If you’re currently on the Free Team plan, you no longer have to migrate to another plan by April 14. All customers who upgraded to a paid subscription will automatically receive a full refund for the transaction in the next 30 days, allowing them to use their new paid subscription for free for the duration of the term they purchased.