I wasn’t aware of this, I just wanted to split it from the other topic because it didn’t seem limited to Office-Suite-discussion. There are already many points discussed there, and you have some response from Nextcloud.
Such things don’t mean that the code of Nextcloud itself has to be different. You can also buy VM-images of the free Nextcloud version, just you don’t have to set it up yourself and go through all the details…
Well we can turn all arguments around. But over the time, from the all in the open development and discussion, we come around office features that are only available for free for a certain amount of users (not clearly communicated), stop of the production release channel (is it really the problem, if the company doesn’t want to continue, could it be done from the community), … so a few things users discovered by accident or were just confronted with an already made decision. However, I didn’t feel any limitations by these decision (the way I use Nextcloud).
Problem for Nextcloud is probably that some companies don’t want to pay for any subscription even if they can afford it. These companies try to get free community support where I supposedly help some nice person on his personal setup, but finally I’m helping someone to do his paid job. And these people don’t fix documentation or help developing apps.
I don’t know, I’m not sure if such discussions lead to anything. Regarding the relationship with the company, it would be better to discuss this with a few people of Nextcloud in person. There are hackatons, Linux conferences, the Nextcloud conference where they attend. Certainly not everybody can make it, if there were a few people from the Community would be great.