A decision in an French court ruled in favor of stricter protections for GNU-GPL license-holders (a.k.a. the People). While not definitive in any sense of the word, this is good news for WordPress, which has long maintained that its source code and software built on its source code be kept open and accessible.
There has been considerable debate recently over the merits of GPL licensing of WordPress themes, and WordPress’ founder, Matt Mullenweg, has weighed in with total support for WordPress’ GPL license.
Personally, I believe that the GNU-GPL license changes the business of website design. It puts the keys to the kingdom in the hands of innovators and outside of the hands of information-hoarders. Back in the pre-Wordpress days (with some notable exceptions), those of us who could build a custom content management system were in the drivers’ seat. Today, those of us who can innovate on existing open-source CMS’s like WordPress are doing the bulk of the interesting work online.
Original source: http://ma.tt/2009/09/gpl-win-in-france/
More posts from themightymo.com
My WordPress Maintenance Process
A few quick things: My WordPress Maintenance Process Demo, Part 1 Transcript: You’ll see immediately after logging in, you see the 11 updates needed as well as some messages. I’m just gonna quickly read. It looks like this. I don’t need to worry about. Are you enjoying Monster Insights? Not really <laugh>. What’s to enjoy…
How to style FacetWP checkbox hierarchy results using jQuery
How to fix SpinupWP ballooning disk space issue
A site we host on Digital Ocean recently went down. It took me a lot of troubleshooting and digging before realizing that the issue was that our disk space was maxed out on Digital Ocean. The site in question needs ~20gb of space, so our 50gb server should be plenty. But alas, there it was…