If you are not aware, Vanilla Forums was recently acquired by a company named Higher Logic
Not many details about the deal are available, like the amount of sale, future of Vanilla forums open source, support commitment etc. There has been some clarification in the form the OSS version will continue and Vanilla released v2021.009 and v2021.011, a major release.
Somehow, even after promises and assurances in the community forums, I cannot help but compare Vanilla Forums software and Atom from Github. It could be that I am too much into these industry deals where the big fish eat the small and kill the golden goose in the process. But I am a bit too afraid to invest myself in Vanilla forums. What do you think ?