First of all I like to say that I really enjoy Openfire a lot. I am currently using the Community Edition on our family web server (web, email, etc.) and my wife and I just love it. Since the same server also runs Asterisk (Trixbox), we would love to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition, but unfortunately I had to notice that your minimum license is 25 users.
I mean I am running quite a variety of licensed software (Windows 2003 Server, Simple DNS, MDaemon Mail Server, SSL Explorer, etc.) and open source software (Trixbox on VMWare Server, PHP, Joomla, mySQL, Gallery, Jinzora, Wordpress, eyeOS, etc.) on our web server.
Like I said I am obviously very interested to upgrade to the Enterprise Edition because I would like to add VOIP functionality to complement my existing home environment. However, we are currently two users and so I can’‘t justify 25 users. Why don’‘t you offer smaller license packages (e.g. 5, 10 and 25 instead of just starting at 25)? If you want you could even exclude support from smaller licenses or remove FastPath (I don’'t really see any private use on that one). I mean even companies like Microsoft acknowledge that smaller licenses (e.g. Windows 2003 Server 5 User Edition) are important business. Small licenses are typically used by developers and tech enthusiasts like me. Hint: These are the same people who frequently like to do some free advertising (e.g. web page, at work, etc.) for you as well. 2. Hint: All products listed above also offer smaller licenses.
I surely appreciate you providing Openfire as an open source product in general, but it is not clear to me why you don’‘t want smaller user groups as your customers. I mean I am sure many developers who wrote some plugins would be willing to upgrade to a smaller license as well. In my opinion it also doesn’'t show a good business sense to eliminate smaller groups… I mean money should be important for your business no matter who is providing it to you and one hundred 5 user licenses are still 500 user total!
Anyhow, I just want to understand your reasoning and I am hoping that my post will maybe make you reconsider your licensing model. I am also hoping that other small users will come forward to show you that there are quite a bunch of possible licensees out there.