[kwlug-disc] Wordpress themes must be GPL

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Mon Jul 26 19:51:20 EDT 2010


:-)

Perhaps I have been around CMS's for too long ...

On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 4:04 PM, Insurance Squared Inc.
<gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
> I wouldn't have posted if I knew there was going to be a test!
>
>
>
> On 26/07/10 03:56 PM, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
>
> Not Drupal. It was built from scratch.
>
> PHP Nuke had very bad security among other things.
>
> Forks sprang up everywhere. There was Post-Nuke (now Zikula), Xaraya, and
> many others.
>
> Joomla was a fork of Mambo Server.
>
> On Mon, Jul 26, 2010 at 2:53 PM, Insurance Squared Inc.
> <gcooke at insurancesquared.com> wrote:
>>
>> Isn't that Drupal's story?  Php-nuke was wildly successful, but there were
>> problems with the developer.  They forked it to something else (Joomla?)
>> with other developers, then that became drupal?  Maybe not that exactly, but
>> I know php-nuke was forked into something even more succesful.
>>
>> On 26/07/10 02:31 PM, Andrew Kohlsmith (mailing lists account) wrote:
>>>
>>> On Monday, July 26, 2010 02:03:04 pm Johnny Ferguson wrote:
>>>
>>>>
>>>> I guess as an example:
>>>> 1. Team X creates WebWidget5000, spending $4000
>>>> 2. Team X creates WW5000 Support Premium
>>>> 3. Team Y comes along and undercuts WW5000 Support Premium
>>>> 4. Team X is very sad
>>>> 5. Team Y laughs mischievously
>>>>
>>>
>>> That's called a fork, and is encouraged by OSS. If Team Y can push
>>> updates and
>>> create a better platform, the customers win. If Team Y tries and fails
>>> because
>>> they're total douchebags and stole code they couldn't write anyway, then
>>> the
>>> customers win.
>>>
>>> Obviously Team X would feel that the first scenario isn't so good, and
>>> there's
>>> a valid argument for that, but really we see this in the physical world
>>> with
>>> cheap knockoffs coming out of countries with lax or nonexistent
>>> protection
>>> laws. It's much harder to sell knockoff physical items than software, and
>>> if
>>> it's support, the chances are very good that Team Y would have a pretty
>>> bad
>>> rep and would have difficulty selling support for a codebase they really
>>> aren't
>>> all that familiar with, not to mention not being in sync with the real
>>> WW5000.
>>>
>>>
>>>>
>>>> I suppose whether GPL or Proprietary, the same scenario could occur, but
>>>> with proprietary, Team Y would have to have some kind of magical powers.
>>>>
>>>
>>> Or a stolen codebase. Or a rogue developer from Team X, or... ?
>>>
>>> -A.
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