O.K. I am a new user searching out the facts before I dive into this thing called Compiere. What a fascinating history already. Even more fascinating is you guys and the collaborations going on around this open source project. Do you realize that even though early pioneers in the technology envisioned a lot of what is represented by this forum, the ability for people from the far reaches of the galaxy to openly join minds and direct that awesome energy to a common cause, something like what is happening here would have been inconceivable to them. I know! I have some thirty years of experience with computers, software, hardware, platforms, you name it. Great job. Fantastic job.
In regard to the forking issue. I really think-as I always have-that labels create division, division disunity. Look at the recent Intelligence[?]fiascos in our(American) government. My suggestion is this: Create a hub space where all the various groups of collaborators can post bug fixes, modules, and other pertinent solutions regardless of their affiliation. Then, invite, invite, invite. The entirety will ultimately dwarf the Compiere group and will likely force a capitulation, since very much of what Compiere needs will be found outside of its obviously floundering core of developers and partners. This removes politics from the equation altogether. It also encourages contrition on the part of those seemingly nasty folks who are simply experiencing, after the fact, some serious regrets about the original open source nature of the project and are now trying to turn in the middle of the freeway at 150 mph.
Again, I am totally fascinated. This stuff reads like a novel.