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Especially in Drupal core, Nodes are still something like a Super-Entity with a number of features only supported by them, like revisions and the whole node_access thing. The entity.module tries to implement these features generically for all entities, I'm not sure if everything is covered yet.

Many modules only support nodes othboth due to these missing features (You can't configure ACL's or workflows if there is no way to limit access in the API, diffing is pointless without revisions) and historical reasons (all of your listed modules are ports initially Drupal 6 versions or even older and have been ported to Drupal 7). The whole concept of entities represents a major shift in Drupal and not all modules have made that step (yet).

I guess that's one of the reasons why e.g. Commerce uses Nodes as the default way to display products.

Work is ongoing in Drupal 8 to unify these features and provide them for all kinds of entities.

This is not really an answer to your question, more an explanation of the status quo. As Alex already mentioned, many of those modules are working on supporting entities or an entity-aware successor is being worked on, like http://drupal.org/project/state_machine.

Especially in Drupal core, Nodes are still something like a Super-Entity with a number of features only supported by them, like revisions and the whole node_access thing. The entity.module tries to implement these features generically for all entities, I'm not sure if everything is covered yet.

Many modules only support nodes oth due to these missing features (You can't configure ACL's or workflows if there is no way to limit access in the API, diffing is pointless without revisions) and historical reasons (all of your listed modules are ports initially Drupal 6 versions or even older and have been ported to Drupal 7). The whole concept of entities represents a major shift in Drupal and not all modules have made that step (yet).

I guess that's one of the reasons why e.g. Commerce uses Nodes as the default way to display products.

Work is ongoing in Drupal 8 to unify these features and provide them for all kinds of entities.

Especially in Drupal core, Nodes are still something like a Super-Entity with a number of features only supported by them, like revisions and the whole node_access thing. The entity.module tries to implement these features generically for all entities, I'm not sure if everything is covered yet.

Many modules only support nodes both due to these missing features (You can't configure ACL's or workflows if there is no way to limit access in the API, diffing is pointless without revisions) and historical reasons (all of your listed modules are ports initially Drupal 6 versions or even older and have been ported to Drupal 7). The whole concept of entities represents a major shift in Drupal and not all modules have made that step (yet).

I guess that's one of the reasons why e.g. Commerce uses Nodes as the default way to display products.

Work is ongoing in Drupal 8 to unify these features and provide them for all kinds of entities.

This is not really an answer to your question, more an explanation of the status quo. As Alex already mentioned, many of those modules are working on supporting entities or an entity-aware successor is being worked on, like http://drupal.org/project/state_machine.

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Especially in Drupal core, Nodes are still something like a Super-Entity with a number of features only supported by them, like revisions and the whole node_access thing. The entity.module tries to implement these features generically for all entities, I'm not sure if everything is covered yet.

Many modules only support nodes oth due to these missing features (You can't configure ACL's or workflows if there is no way to limit access in the API, diffing is pointless without revisions) and historical reasons (all of your listed modules are ports initially Drupal 6 versions or even older and have been ported to Drupal 7). The whole concept of entities represents a major shift in Drupal and not all modules have made that step (yet).

I guess that's one of the reasons why e.g. Commerce uses Nodes as the default way to display products.

Work is ongoing in Drupal 8 to unify these features and provide them for all kinds of entities.