It’s a sad news. What about all the non-profit websites made by hobbyists who don’t need all the features of the full version and don’t want to pay for it simply because they don’t run any kind of business?
Its a fair question. When we asked for feedback from people about Core only a few of the numerous emails we received said that they used core for live projects. The vast majority of non-profit and personal sites are already on EE Personal/Non-commercial licenses because they want the tech support. We have no indication that a significant amount of people rely on Core for mission critical projects.
So while this is definitely a point of concern for us there is little to no data supporting it.
Based on what you’ve said here, it looks like we’re in the minority but I work for a public university and we’ve been launching some projects for the university just using the core version.
I’m sad to see it go. Without it I never would have even began building solutions in EE in the first place.
There is quite a fondness at my university setting for the open-source apps (Drupal, Wordpress/Wordpress MU, Plone etc etc), so I think, especially for smaller, low budget projects, there will be some hesitancy to pay money for a solution, when an alternative is available.
I think in my case, there is some value add for the keeping a core license in the sense that getting a non-profit/public institution developer like myself hooked into the software, means that I’m far more likely to recommend the commercial version to clients outside of regular work and/or refer it to fellow colleagues in the design/development community.
Again my case is rare, so I know you are doing what you feel is the best for your company. I’ll probably still recommend EE as a solution for budgeted projects but I do feel like I’ll need to search for a replacement solution for low/no budget smaller projects now that core seems to be going away.