Dear Jomres & Jombok User,
I would like to take a moment to draw your attention to an important matter the core team of Joomla is currently considering. Simply put, it is the answer to the question:
"Can Joomla! extensions be released under non-GPL compatible licenses?"
Most component/extension developers who are full time Joomla developers use a non-GPL license. You have probably purchased one of their extensions at some point. Usually $20-50 and the non-GPL license asks that you use the component on a single website.
If extensions/components must be GPL, then a different business model is required. This is usually along the lines of giving the component away for free and charging for support, or consultancy-based.
The current debate seems to fall on two sides; full time commercial Joomla developers think that GPL-only extensions/components will lead to fewer 3rd party developers and fewer components.
Others, including key members of the Joomla core team think that this won't happen and developers will be able to easily adjust to different business models.
The Joomla Commercial Developer's Allicance have made this statement:
and you can find a series of observations from me here:
Joomla is asking for the Joomla end user community to contact them with your thoughts on this issue:
, will be integral to review and consideration for the greater good of the project and the community."
I'd like to ask you to take a moment of your valuable time and email your thoughts to Joomla. It really boils down to these two opinions.
If you are too busy, you could just copy and paste one of them...
I think that commercial developers should be able to use non-GPL licenses for their components and choose their own business model.
All commercial components should be GPL licensed and free, and they must use a GPL-compatible business model.
Thanks for your time, I appreciate you reading this email. I know you are busy, but I thought this was an important issue for all that use Joomla.
If you have a bunch of time on your hands, the background for this question has been discussed (exhaustively) at: