If you drive down the street I grew up on too fast, my dad will yell at you. You will not hear him because you’re inside a car, and you’re already half way down the street, but my dad will still have yelled at you to slow down because he’s worried about the kids in the neighborhood. I grew up in a pretty tight-knit community that’s focused on its children. Unsafe drivers are a risk to one of the things the community of the neighborhood is built-on: children. Recently, in the WordPress community we had another site pop up re-selling […]
Spooky: SkySQL and MariaDB Combine to Form… MySQL?!
I don’t know why I find this odd but I really, really do. If you’ve done any work with the self-hosted version of WordPress then you’re already intimately aware of MySQL, the preferred database of connecting the core application to a relational system to make all of that “magic” work. And in less than 4 weeks it’ll turn 18 years old – I suppose it’s just graduating High School at this point. During it’s storied history though it’s gone through a lot from being bought for $1B by Sun Microsystems and then experiencing an Oracle acquisition for 7x that less than […]
The Story of BusyBox and The First GPL Lawsuit
I’m near-infinitely curious about open source technology and how that impacts us not at just a microscopic leve but also a macroscopic as well – how it’s changing not just how I see software and product development but how it’s changing the landscape of publishing as a whole. That’s why I spend time looking into and understanding licensing and the licensing issues (especially around the GPL) and find interesting comparisons between WordPress and other CMSs and their challenges (like Joomla’s Civil War). With Joomla’s and WordPress’ issues with licensing it can be hard, at times, to understand what exactly the […]
The Difference: WordPress Foundation and Automattic, Inc.
There’s been a lot of confusion surrounding Automattic Inc., the WordPress Foundation, WordPress.org/WordPress.com and everything else in between. So much so that most people unfortunately use all of it interchangeably which is the wrong thing to do. I want to clearly state that there are distinct differences between all of them and that it’s worth knowing what you’re talking about when you start jumping into the muddy waters that is licensing, the GPL, ownership, and developing a WordPress-centric business. At the center of all of this is really the WordPress Foundation so by establishing this we can clearly take a look […]
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