Thanks all for your thoughts. Tim, rightly said the core strength of OFBiz has been the built-in ERP and universal database along with the framework (services, entity engine, security, logging etc.). I believe since most of the contributors, service providers, end users etc. use OFBiz as a built-in ERP product, the focus may have never been on isolating the framework in its own installable component. I would not say it is not possible today but having a framework only component would open the gates to develop other business application on top of OFBiz similar to what Spring and other framework provides. I see the segregation of the specialpupose/plugin as a right step in the direction of completely isolating the components.
Taher, If you and other agree with the name is actually misleading for new users and others who cannot keep up with the latest developments, I think adding a note in the documentation would certainly help. -- Thanks, Jim