I spent this weekend learning about the alternatives for my charity. I have to say that there are many and that Sitefinity still seems the best for a .net developer. Maybe that 's because I have invested so much time learning it and getting good at using it. Having been in the software business (I have owned my own software business for years) I feel that Telerik will live to regret this. The industry has changed dramatically in the past 20 years and Telerik has failed 2 new fronts. They do not give much incentive to invest the time into their product and they have just killed their good will. I manage a 25 developer force and was steering them to Sitefinity (paid version). NO LONGER.
I feel completely cheated. You had a CE and now do not?! Please someone show me another example in the past 5 years where another company actually did this and they 'succeeded'. I am flabbergasted.
The Telerik business model is an interesting one. I have been a paying customer in the past and found the software a bit too 'edgy' (as in buggy) for the price and have gone with more tried and true components. They seem a little scatter brained. Rather than deliver something great, they decide to be everything to everyone and fail. The removal of Sitefinity CE is probably the final blow for me. I will invest my time in KooBoo, N2 or Umbraco rather than be a slave to the whims of Telerik.
Frankly, I wish all of us dedicated Sitefinity users would figure out a way to get these competing Open Source CMS systems up to the quality we all dream about.
So as the software industry goes in a different direction I bid Telerik a final adieu and Good Luck Telerik, you are gonna need it. I do not have the time to invest in your model since you just kicked my model in the teeth and now I have to reinvest elsewhere.