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[9.0c] General Question: Are OCA Members allowed to work on Modules which will replace one or all Enterprise Features and make them available for Community Edition.

Andi Becker
- 02/04/2016 21:39:36
It is a question which came up here during a discussion with developers and customers also concerning a Membership with OCA - some might be interested.

Are there any restrictions who will be allowed to replace and Enterprise Only Module / Feature with a Community Module i.e. under AGPL! or even LGPL or GPL?

Does an OCA Member or Member Company has any restrictions or are they allowed to work on such modules which would make the Enterprise Edition actually more or less obsolete as customers would have again the same features also with the Community Edition and they would also again have access to all the code and therefor would know and could check what is actually going on with their data?

As the Enterprise Edition is a Subscription only service which would force customers to renew their subscription every year it is especially difficult for startups to use that subscription service. They would like more a much better to calculate way and perhaps instead investing the savings out of that deal in developing those Enterprise Features for the community Version - some are already there in Version 8 or 7 or even in Tryton and only would need to be ported/converted to Odoo 9+.

Would OCA host any module for version 9 and up which would replace any Enterprise feature - existing or new one! 

The idea woudl be to make the community Edition again as strong as the Enterprise edition, but with the benefit that all code would be aqain accessible and that nobody would need to subscribe to any software but instead could subscribe for Service to maintain their community instances or give training on them as we do already.

Does Odoo Partners have restrictions and are not allowed to work on such features?

It would be nice if somebody could ask those important questions. Thanks!