I would think that a true end user would have a hard time finding this thread. It's their IT person/friend/specialist that does (you, me, nephew-ware). I think that is a good thing, becuase a regular business person would run to the hills at the mention of a internal legal debate of this type.AmyStephen wrote: I apologize for complaining when there are already so many complaints. In fact, I really have stopped myself from doing so for a day, now. But, I worry very much about the non-technical user, some of whom have been emailed a few times by 3PD devs and are confused and perhaps scared. I was hoping when this thread was created it would be reserved for them.
BUT, you raise a very good point. So, image an end-user comes here to ask the following question (ignoring the community buzzwords):
"I have invested $5k in building a business website that includes a commercial extension. I have over a years worth of activity in this website, and my entire product catalogue. My 3PD is now scaling down his business and moving into a different line of work because he can't scale his niche solution to a sustainable level on a pure-play GPL model. I can't afford to migrate off my current investment. What do I do?"
A1) Go to JoomLance to find other developer who will support your site
A2) Work with your 3PD to help them explore alternative revenue models that allow their niche solution to be GPL and commercially sustainable (paid doc, support, upgrades etc).