Well, I don't miss the version of KDE that came with Debian Slink. Three triangles and nothing else except me, confused as hell, going swiftly back to a virtual console. Sort of like my first look at Gnome-shell, last night.
I don't think this guy understands the GPL. Its essence is that you give up control of your software after the release. The beauty of that is that everyone gets freedom. He can post the earlier versions on his site, which, I gather he hasn't been doing, you can add to it, and I can download or not as I choose.