I have to respectfully disagree here.
I think what they offer in terms of “hardware” for people that value such things is an incredible fantastic bargain that cannot be found elsewhere.
What they offer in “software” for people that value ease of use, and have little need for highly adjustable features, is an incredible fantastic bargain that cannot be found elsewhere.
Those two things can combine (Wonder Twin Powers Activate!) to form a huge community of customers that take advantage of both.
Imagine if the people that are here have an outlet to make the things happen that they are clamoring for. Now, put that into perspective of what Glowforge can use from their Open Source musings.
Glowforge can use them all day long in their CLOUD software (my understanding, not a lawyers) and never have to release it.
They win. Customers win. Advanced users win.
WE ALL WIN.
Company doesn’t die. They grow. They bring new products to market.
Dogs, cats, living together…