Some people from the community have been saying for years, that we should make a paid version for better funding of the project. I was unsure that this would be a way forward. However, the last year has had me re-evaluate the completely "free to use" model and whether such a strategy is sustainable or good for the future of VirtueMart.
One clear issue is that, while I am busy with updating and testing the core, third party developers work to quickly update their extensions and earn revenue...
I just wanted to let you know how impressed I am with Virtuemart now. I had toyed around with Virtuemart earlier in 2008 and it is amazing at the difference between there and now. You people are doing great work!