This whole thread seems based on a rather unhealthy premise...at some point ya gotta move on and get back to shooting.
On that you're right, Jeff.
When the 'Cloud' was announced there was an understandable adverse reaction from the photo community. Now, Adobe Photoshop customers have been given a 50% discount on the original pricing plus Lightroom for free. It's not perfect, but much better than zilch.
At the outset, it was clear that the only way forward, if you were unhappy, was to talk (with the wallet) and walk. There are at least 5 recent threads, plus one (that I started, on the alternatives). The statistics:
complaints, clarifications & rants - 12,000 views | 420 posts
alternative suggestions and plans - 300 views | 4 replies
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