This is a sticky thread to clarify any confusion regarding MindTouch Deki Open Source and MindTouch Deki Enterprise. If you have any questions or concerns, please post below.
What is the Enterprise version and what are its benefits?
As many open-source projects mature (Red Hat and mySQL, for example), you see a divergence in the software: one geared towards the dev community that contributes (you guys!) and one geared towards businesses. MindTouch Deki has also taken the same path as these successful projects with our Enterprise version. I think this image summarizes the benefits of Enterprise nicely:
These benefits come from talking to our customers, many who need vendor backing for large deployments (example: Mozilla), where getting timely responses is crucial.
With this Enterprise version, are you abandoning the open-source edition?
This is a resounding NO. MindTouch always has, and always will be, first and foremost, an open-source company, and we will always ship a quality product to this community (no crippleware!). There was some confusion in our initial newsletter; the wording implied the open-source version would not get test coverage. This is not the case - we have not changed our test coverage policies on the open-source editions ... if anything, we have made extra efforts to shore up quality issues in the open-source edition in Kilen Woods.
Will there be code/feature differences between the two versions of Deki?
They will both remain, at the core, the same codebase. Enterprise is built on-top of the open-source edition and adds more value for commercial customers with enterprise modules (connectors for things like SalesForce); these are features which are not inside the core application, but are built using Deki Extensions. We are not branching the enterprise and open-source versions as separate products, so there is no concern that we will fall into a situation where we will have to "choose" which one to work on - features built into the core product will be available to both Enterprise as well as Open Source.
Our process for shipping the releases has also not changed - we are still committed to developing the best features for the open-source community. We will continue to provide open-source VMs, open-source RPMs, and source releases to the community in a timely manner.
With regards to product development, the roadmap for the "Lac qui Parle" release should assuage any concerns about what we're focusing on
What is with these licenses in Deki?
Because we want to keep the codebases between Enterprise and Open Source versions the same, we had to introduce the concept of signed binaries into the open-source edition. Signed binaries, simply put, validate Deki and the commercial modules that are using them. For example, the signed binaries allow us to provide free trials of the Enterprise versions to people who want to see the value of them.
All open-source versions of Deki ship with a perpetual open-source license which will continue to provide completely unfettered access to your Deki if the open-source edition works for you.