Got a client working with the currently available version for a proof of concept project. If you're maintaining your own private software repository, some of those pro features possibly aren't as important.
It all looks good so far - but the jury is still out.
re: Community vs Pro
My feeling is "however the developer wants to structure it." They did the work - they get to decide how to distribute/sell it. That's only fair. If the community edition is so crippled it doesn't work in a real world setting, or their Kickstarter tries to pull a bait & switch, word gets around fast. If that is the case, the community input (and free QC and bug hunting) soon dries up. It's a self-correcting relationship.