Peter 13: Adobe should offer a "lighter" version of LR. Many people do not want, and actually find it annoying and resource consuming to have a RAW converter with cataloging functions. I would pay a premium to free my computer of all those modules. Let us have a RAW converter/editor without even the need to "import" the files and without all those gimmicks, and offer a bloated version of LR for those who want it. Such a lean product is going the photoshop way, sad.
Adobe already offers what you want in the form of Adobe Camera Raw. Yes, you need Photoshop to use it, but that's Adobe's position.
I wish that Adobe would spend more time and upgrade the digital asset management aspect of their program. They haven't made any significant changes since Lightroom 2.