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Re: Odoo v9 Paid Apps

Alexandre Vandermeersch (av)
- 05/12/2015 06:42:52
Let me  clarify a few things about those decisions:
  1. It's about our ambition to have the best & most complete business 
management software in the world - and it's a must have
   The size of the challenge is huge - a fully integrated product from 
CMS down to accounting, omnichannel (POS, Ecommerce, Salespeople).  For 
instance on ecommerce, we will need to have a different sets of apps , 
themes to be competitive. And we think 'just' having connectors (eg with 
Magento) is not good enough and actually, doesn't work very well (we've 
tried).  In an 'omnichannel' world, where front & back are getting more 
integrated than ever, we simply have no choice than go that route.  For 
that great challenge we need a thriving open source community that 
contributes to great modules AND a funding system that provides some 
stability to a solid R&D staff AND a new community of developers/ 
Designers who can thrive on Odoo without being integrators (ie relying 
mostly on apps revenues).

2. It's about balancing the funding
On that funding point, you might say that it's either for free or there 
is a lock in, and not everyone likes that. Yes, we will be moving the 
cursor a little because we think companies that can afford it should be 
paying a small amount for extended, advanced apps that required a 
significant investment on our side.  But it's not a lock in, because 
there is still Odoo community, and the amount are way smaller than what 
many competitors do, and it's still pretty much about getting our 
services like migration, not simply apps.  As a note, you'd be surprised 
how little the VCs are involved in those decisions. We simply want to 
build a 'forever' company, based on a sustainable ecosystem & business 
model, and all the changes in the recent years were to find exactly that 
(and it's hard). The old version of '100% AGPL' + Odoo Enterprise 
contract did not enable that fully, so we reviewed it. We are now 
confident we are on the right model but it does not depend only on us, 
but on the community & our partners too.

3. Compatibility matters
Having compatibility issues is a problem, not for Odoo Sa but for end 
users, who frankly don't understand much about the differences between 
all open source licenses (why would they care?). So we're coming again 
from an end user point of view. It's not Fabien's problem, it's the 
community's problem. We may say 'too bad' or we may say 'let's do 
something about it and find a solution so that our end users can have 
confidence in the whole ecosystem'.
Contributors need their work to be respected, but they like it to be 
used too (it's good marketing & it's good recognition). Having barriers 
to usage is a problem for everybody.
Again, we are not taking anything away that was open source (from us or 
others) and moving it to paid. For all who signed a CLA with Odoo sa, 
their code will remain part of Odoo Community.

So we definitely want to work with all contributors past & future to 
make it work, having in mind our collective ambition and most 
importantly the end users. I think we are quite close and we'll take the 
opportunity of the upcoming Odoo Experience event early June to move 
forward constructively with all, followed up over the summer.

Le 12-05-15 10:04, Anders Wallenquist a écrit :
> Den 2015-05-11 21:02, Fabien Pinckaers skrev:
> >
> > Do we want to say to VOIP module customers: "You can not use OCA
> > modules because of license incompatibilities"?  No, the more people
> > use the OCA module the more the OCA will grow. (even if those guys
> > also use the VOIP module)
> >
> > Do we want to say to OCA users: "You can not use the VOIP module!"? If
> > they want, why would you force them not to do it? If you are against
> > paid modules, don't use it yourself, but don't restrict the others to
> > benefit from them.
> >
> Fabien, it's not the OCA who is the problem, your problem is that you
> got >5000 modules at and many more at and
> github and other places that is AGPL and is not OCA-modules and will be
> AGPL for many years ahead. Only on you have a list of 500
> companies that have contributed to Odoo. Only in Sweden we have regular
> contact with 50 more companies that have done contributions to Odoo and
> additional companies in Denmark, Norway and Finland not on that list.
> Each company that contribute to Odoo are responsible to one or a large
> quantity of end users using Odoo.
> You try to speak with OCA as one entity because it's convenient, but
> this is not the reality. You have pointed at AGPL for six years now and
> to move from that will take time and with the closed source-approach
> maybe never happen. There are just a small if any incitements for
> contributors to change the licence on their investments to a licence
> they not trust. Maybe it should have been GPLv2 instead of AGPL, but
> AGPL are what you have today.
> You look at all those modules not compatible with closed source as a
> problem. As long as you don't work with all those contributions and
> contributors as a valuable asset you will cripple Odoo in whole. Some
> people would say that those assets are the most valuable asset for a
> company like Odoo and cost the most to replace. It's not the source code
> for core that are most valuable, its all end users and consultants
> around the world that are willing to contribute and enhance your product
> and widen your procucts user base - human resources. An Enterprise Odoo
> without thousands of modules and without localizations are worth
> nothing. Who do you think will contribute with hours of their own time
> to translate your closed source modules to their native language? Your
> competitors are already localized and well translated, so who will buy
> that product?
> Regards,
> Anders Wallenquist
> >
> > My 2 cents,
> >
> >
> > Fabien
> >
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