So why do I bring this up? It's because I'm very concerned that by loosening the straps about which proprietary development can occur, that we allow for forces to enter that will pillage and swallow the project. The quip was made that Joomla! could become like a coral reef where all the fish have done. I will contend that the fish were eaten by sharks that enter through holes in a protecting outer rim that was where the GPL once firmly stood. Some of you might be small commercial shops and be thinking you need the freedom of a non-GPL license to be able to survive. But know this, that same freedom would afford much larger entities, entities with a lot of cash backing to thunder in and blow everyone out of the water. Not that I think they'd want to, but imagine if IBM wanted a piece of the action and how they could swoop in with their resources. Imagine a silent player slowly buying up all the commercial shops until one day we have a very serious monopoly on our hands - one entity responsible for supply of the majority of the proprietary extensions. These scenarios were attempted on a small scale with Mambo. Joomla! is 20 times bigger. Think about the math.
this doesn't mean someone like IBM couldn't/wouldn't come along and snap up a small GPL house
like i said above. this has been blown out of all proportion and i wouldn't worry about it. how about something like this:
i'm not saying go this way; only that the SugarCRM project has managed to develop something that isn't your standard license ..