I bet some greedy managers thought that by closing the open-source organizations everybody will start to pay them and they will make a lot of money. 420 USD per year witch is 35 USD per month is a lot, with that kind of money you can host a pretty beefy server to serve those containers yourself.
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.