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100% GPL

Creative Market just announced that all of their WordPress Themes are now 100% GPL, meaning to list in their marketplace and reach their users your theme must provide users with the same freedoms that WordPress itself does. They have some great themes already. This is fantastic news and I’m very proud of their team for […]

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Themes are GPL, 2.0

Mark Jaquith wrote an excellent technical analysis of why WordPress themes inherit the GPL. This is why even if Thesis hadn’t copy and pasted large swathes of code from WordPress (and GPL plugins) its PHP would still need to be under the GPL. (Which apparently is Marxist. You learn something new everyday!)

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Ask Matt

Q&A: WordPress & GPL

In this one we cover the GPL and how it benefits WordPress, why WP is under the GPL, commercial themes, how the GPL fosters innovation, creates value, and affects themes and plugins.

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GPL Win in France

Big Win for GNU GPL in France.

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GPL FUD

GPL FUD round N+1.

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CC to GPL

WP Designer is switching from Creative Commons to GPL for his themes.

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GPL Not Needed

“We don’t need the GPL anymore. It’s based on the belief that open source software is weak and needs to be protected. Open source would be succeeding faster if the GPL didn’t make lots of people nervous about adopting it.” — ESR. Some interesting arguments. I don’t agree with it all but it’s a good […]

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GPL 3.0

The GPL is getting a facelift, sounds neat.

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PhotoStack Goes GPL

PhotoStack 2.1b1 is now GPL licensed. Excellent. šŸ™‚

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minibb Abandons GPL

The miniBB authors are moving away from the GPL. This is what we use for our support forums. Perhaps now would be a good time to release my version.

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Automattic WordPress

WordPress 5.0: A Gutenberg FAQ

Update: On December 6th we released WordPress 5.0. It was definitely the most controversial release in a while, but the usage and adoption metrics are looking similar to previous releases. I’m looking forward to continuing to iterate on the new block editor! We are nearing the release date for WordPress 5.0 and Gutenberg, one of […]

Press

Below is a collection of links to press, interviews, and speaking engagements over the years. I’ve been named one of PC World’s Top 50 People on the Web, Inc.com’s 30 under 30, and Bloomberg BusinessWeek’s 25 Most Influential People on the Web. It’s probably all downhill from here. If you need a press/conference headshot, try […]

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Open Source

The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to try new things — phones, gadgets, apps. Last week I downloaded the new Wix (closed, proprietary, non-open-sourced, non-GPL) mobile app. Iā€™m always interested to see how others tackle the challenge of building and editing websites from a mobile device. I started playing around with the editor, […]

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Remembering Alex King

One of the original WordPress developers, Alex King, has passed from cancer at far too young an age. Alex actually got involved with b2 in 2002 and was active in the forums and the “hacks” community there. Alex had a background as a designer before he learned development, and I think that really came through […]

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There is No Such Thing as a Split License

There’s a term that pops in the WordPress community, “split license”, that we should put to rest. It’s sloppy at best, misleading at worst. First, some background. WordPress is under a license called the GPL, which basically says you can do whatever you like with the software, but if you distribute changes or create derivative […]

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Automattic

Woo & Automattic

For years, we’ve been working on democratizing publishing, and today more people have independent sites built on open source software than ever before in the history of the web. Now, we want to make it easy for anyone to sell online independently, without being locked into closed, centralized services — to enable freedom of livelihood […]

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WordPress

State of the Word 2014

Yesterday I delivered the State of the Word address to the WordPress community, and the video is already up on WordPress.tv. Here are the slides if you’d like to view them on their own: State of the Word 2014 from photomatt If you just want the bullet points, here are the big things I discussed […]

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Essays

The Four Freedoms

Eleven months before the U.S. declared war on Japan, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said “As men do not live by bread alone, they do not fight by armaments alone.” He articulated four fundamental freedoms that everyone in the world ought to enjoy: Freedom of speech. Freedom of worship. Freedom from want. Freedom from fear. Fast […]

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Switchers

Syn-thesis 3: Switchers

The biggest after-effect of the Thesis license violation episode seems to be raising people’s awareness of alternatives that are both fully GPL and have better functionally too. One theme that seems to be picking up a ton of new users is Genesis. We helped Laughing Squid and Paul Stamatiou make the switch, but Chris Brogan […]

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Grand Unified Theory

If nature has made any one thing less susceptible than all others of exclusive property, it is the action of the thinking power called an idea, which an individual may exclusively possess as long as he keeps it to himself; but the moment it is divulged, it forces itself into the possession of every one, […]