i'm saying the same thing since months and all i've got is being told to shut up or be banned and encouraged to move to other CMS.
But you say "allow commercial non-GPL extensions." They say "no, we can't, that violates the GPL." You say "allow commercial non-GPL extensions." They say "no, we can't, that violates the GPL." You say "allow commercial non-GPL extensions."
Then they say "listen, if you don't get it, go away." You say "you're not listening, allow commercial non-GPL extensions." Then they lock the thread. This is their
problem? Seriously. There's a communications issue here and it's not on the Joomla end.
frankly speaking, if this trend persist i've no doubts developers will certainly move to greener pastures and joomla before or later will follwo the steps of PHPnuke.
So what people are saying is "go ahead and find those greener pastures because we're not changing to meet your requirements". This is pretty simple stuff but you seem incapable of accepting it.
years ago they allowed everything in the JED, then banned the non-GPL apps, then allowed commercial-GPL,
Since OSM's legal counsel advised that extensions fall under the GPL, non-GPL extensions have been removed from the JED. [I have personally argued this with James Vasile from the Software Freedom Law Center, and he won the argument.] A lot of developers who didn't like that went off and started their own directory and... nobody came. They're gone now and most of their extensions have been replaced by GPL compliant versions.
There are some people who are good enough at development and marketing to sell ioncube-encoded extensions. They succeed without the JED and you're free to try to become one of them. Just don't expect help from the project.
now they say in a few months they will allow paid listings (non-GPL also ? who knows..), what's next ?
I don't think you're reading that right. I think they plan to allow people to pay for GPL (and GPL only) commercial extensions directly on the site, which will remove a layer of infrastructure for a lot of developers. It's a great idea.
all this can only create confusion and give the impression that the joomla leadership has no clue.
No, for me it creates the impression that you don't understand the GPL and you don't understand the project. Non-GPL extensions violate the terms of the GPL
. Period. No more, no less. That's a fact, and it means the GED will never, ever, ever support non-GPL code because it is not legal
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