Should you be worried about the rumblings around Adobe’s tinkering with the Magento ecosystem?
It is easy to understand why you might be: 𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗯𝗲’𝘀 𝗾𝘂𝗶𝗲𝘁 𝗮𝗰𝗾𝘂𝗶𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗷𝘂𝘀𝘁 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘁𝗹𝗲 𝗻𝗼𝗶𝘀𝗶𝗲𝗿.
Monolith vs. Microservice
In a nutshell Adobe’s business model is based on the establishment of “microservices” or chunking up platforms to perform specialized services and charging for those discreet services. This is a 𝗵𝘂𝗴𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲 from the open source monolithic code base that Magento developers and users have grown up on.
But before you run off half-cocked looking for a barn to burn, you should know that there’s a 𝗽𝗼𝘄𝗲𝗿𝗳𝘂𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗱𝗲𝗱𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗱 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 that wants to protect your Magento experience and the open source paradigm that it is built on.
Forking Good Solution
To date, the 𝘀𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘁 𝗯𝗲𝘁𝘄𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗔𝗱𝗼𝗯𝗲’𝘀 𝗱𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗹𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗿 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗽𝗲𝗻 𝘀𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗰𝗲 𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗵𝗮𝘀 𝗯𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗰𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗴𝗶𝗮𝗹 and as far as we know progress is being made toward a solution that would “fork” the open source code base and allow the existing invested Magento platform to coexist with the Adobe licensed version.
Details are forthcoming but confidence is high that by the 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭 𝘄𝗲 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲 𝗮 𝘃𝗶𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗽𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗼𝗿𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗱 that will ultimately be to the benefit of all users.
Extension Marketplace Changes
One more important detail – the extension marketplace is moving to a subscription model . That will change how the fee structure works. Instead of a service fee or re-purchasing an extension, the subscription fee will cover costs to 𝗸𝗲𝗲𝗽 𝘃𝗲𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗿 𝗽𝗿𝗼𝗱𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘀 𝘂𝗽 𝘁𝗼 𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲. At this point we don’t expect that to have a dramatic impact on costs to the user and will ultimately be a good thing as it will 𝗵𝗲𝗹𝗽 𝗲𝗻𝘀𝘂𝗿𝗲 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗺 𝘀𝘁𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗹𝗶𝘁𝘆 among vendors and their extension products.
Take a look at the clip from our 𝗹𝗶𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘀𝗲𝘀𝘀𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗘𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗵𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴’𝘀 𝗠𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗼 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁𝘀 where we cover this topic in detail on our YouTube Channel.