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    Here's what I am currently leaning towards for 1.0:

    Ext Core:

    Continues BSD as before. This allows for sharing key pieces like DomQuery, DomHelper and YUI extensions with the javascript community.

    Ext Widgets:

    - Free for non-commercial use

    - Free licenses to open source projects which request one (does that help dfenwick?)

    - Single developer license $299
    Includes 1 year email support, source code
    The single developer license is good for 1 developer, one machine.
    Added (as per KimH) - 1 yr minor and major upgrades

    - 5 developer license $799
    Includes 1 year email support, 1 yr free minor and major upgrades, source code

    - Site license (unlimited developers) $1299
    Includes 1 year priority support, 1 yr free minor and major upgrades, source code

    There will be no charge for distributing Ext with an application, no per server or per cpu fees and no royalties!

    Does this sound fair? It is much less than some other libraries are charging. For example, the nitobi Grid (just a grid!) is $3700 for a 10 developer license (and that is the only license that includes the source).

    One other note, I plan to do something like if you purchase a license during the 1.0 beta period, the price will be 25% off. The revenue generated will be used to get help with documentation, so it will be well spent!

    This is a rough draft. Please provide your thoughts on how we can make this work.

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    Seems good to me. Maybe you could start with 1-2 developers for the first fee, which is closer to what small shops might need. :-) The values sound good, even though a mercenary could try to get more out of it. :-)

    Well, I am glad there's such a good plan.

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    dewd, hopefully the 25% will help? I just added that note, I forgot to put it in the original post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksloc
    Ext Widgets:

    - Free for non-commercial use

    - Free licenses to open source projects which request one (does that help dfenwick?)
    Sounds great!

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    - Single developer license $299
    Includes 1 year email support, source code
    The single developer license is good for 1 developer, one machine.
    Could you add "1 yr free minor and major upgrades" to the single developer license as well. As you know yourself the web and probably this API will be better and better each day. It would not be attractive for a single developer to buy this kind of license without at least the upgrade too.

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    KimH - I added it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksloc
    KimH - I added it.
    Thanks! You're the greatest. It's nice that you listen to "us" :wink:

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    Can you update your blog with this information so I can start working with procurement to get you paid?

    Thanks for all the really hard work!

    Michael

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    Of course I listen! I want this to work for everyone. In many ways, even if it doesn't seem like it, I think this will be a good thing for everyone.

    Some positives that I think can come from it:
    - More documentation
    - Improved support
    - Better organization
    - Happier wife - that's my benefit

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    Default out of curiosity

    Have you considered a support centric model? I suppose this would be more of the JBoss approach.

    I will gladly pay to use your work on my project. However, my personal opinion is that the commercial options on license agreements sometimes prevent internal adoption. The problem is that you need popularity to drive either model. So, to me it would make more sense to keep nonprofit free (like you are suggesting) and make corporate dev free, but offer a support arrangement. Then include a certain size commercial deployment for free and force pay for licensing on deployments larger than that. I would bet that with your design and coding skills, that there is more money to be made by using license fees for large commercial deployments to drive consulting engagements. In the mean time it would allow you to build a support org/consulting company that does ajax ui design.

    Just my thoughts,
    LES

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    Michael, there is a new Ext site in the works. It will have the finalized license info. I will have it up in the next week.

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