I still want a non steam version
Me too but Macronicus your comments sound like from a spoiled child.
For example you could benefit from such a comment:
I'm not against Steam per se. I'm against being forced to install anything and depending on it when previous solution worked fine.
Admittedly one of the reasons is more personal. I have a 70 year old uncle who likes SE very much because he loves space, but doesn't have an internet connection.
I know and agree that for those who already have Steam it's more convenient this way, but for those who don't have it it's much simpler to have a standalone version. You just install it and it works. You don't need an account, additional software etc. Standalone version worked perfectly fine IMO.
But, it did occur to me that with Steam SE might gain more popularity like SalazarHink said. If Vladimir is going to update SE more frequently from now on I can see the benefit of Steam, as it might be easier to update this way than always having to upload new version on the site. Having said that I still think it's better to have more options, but I understand having and maintaining both the site and steam is hard, so it might not be worth it in the long run.
All in all I have no problem if SE becomes payware - it has reached a development level that justifies it. But if it is mandatory
to use steam I'd feel somewhat restricted & like another sheep in steam's flock. But I understand as Mihajlo pointed above that it might be difficult to maintain a separate site with an independent installation.