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  • feedwordpress 18:28:27 on 2019/03/14 Permalink
    Tags: open source, the web, Web30,   

    The Web Turns 30 


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    “Vague, but exciting.” Thirty years ago yesterday, Sir Tim Berners-Lee submitted his original proposal for an information management system to his boss at CERN — what would later become the World Wide Web (and, it turns out, a huge influence on my life and career).

    To help celebrate, I tweeted WordPress’s contribution to the web’s grand timeline (above), and I got to participate in The Economist’s Babbage podcast looking back at the pioneers of the early web. Listen to the whole episode below:

     
  • feedwordpress 01:03:55 on 2019/01/15 Permalink
    Tags: , journalism, kinsey wilson, local news, open source, , ,   

    Journalism and Newspack 


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    WordPress.com is partnering with Google and news industry leaders on a new platform for small- and medium-sized publishers, called Newspack. The team has raised $2.4 million in first-year funding from the Google News Initiative, Lenfest Journalism Institute, Civil funder ConsenSys, and the Knight Foundation, among others. We’re also still happy to talk to and engage other funders who want to get involved — I’d love to put even more resources into this.

    It’s been a difficult climate for the news business, particularly at the local level. It also breaks my heart how much some of their limited resources these organizations still sink into closed-source or dead-end technology. Open source is clearly the future, and if we do this right Newspack can be the technology choice that lasts with them through the decades, and hopefully our 15 years of growth lends some credibility to our orientation to build things for the long term.

    Here’s Kinsey in Nieman Lab:

    The goal is to both make sure that the catalog of publishing tools as well as business tools they need to be able to run what one hopes is a sustainable news operation are addressed simultaneously. It’s not simply a CMS for a newsroom, but a full business system that enables publishing and monetization at the same time.

    Nieman Lab interview

    As you have come to expect from Automattic, everything will be open source and developed to the same standards WordPress itself is. We’re working with Spirited Media and the News Revenue Hub on the platform, and we will likely look for even more partnership opportunities from across the WordPress ecosystem. If you’d like to invest or get involved, drop us a line at newspack@automattic.com.

     
  • feedwordpress 19:45:18 on 2016/10/28 Permalink
    Tags: open source   

    The Wix Mobile App, a WordPress Joint 


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    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. I’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, and felt… déjà vu. It was familiar. Like I had used it before.

    Turns out I had. Because it’s WordPress.

    If I were being charitable, I’d say, “The app’s editor is based on the WordPress mobile app’s editor.” If I were being honest, I’d say that Wix copied WordPress without attribution, credit, or following the license. The custom icons, the class names, even the bugs. You can see the forked repositories on GitHub complete with original commits from Alex and Maxime, two developers on Automattic’s mobile team. Wix has always borrowed liberally from WordPress — including their company name, which used to be Wixpress Ltd. — but this blatant rip-off and code theft is beyond anything I’ve seen before from a competitor.

    Dear Wix,

    This explicitly contravenes the GPL, which requires attribution and a corresponding GPL license on whatever you release publicly built on top of GPL code. The GPL is what has allowed WordPress to flourish, and that let us create this code. Your app’s editor is built with stolen code, so your whole app is now in violation of the license.

    I suppose we’ll take this as a compliment — I’m sure the hundreds of people who have contributed to WordPress Core and our mobile apps are flattered that you chose to build one of your company’s core features using our code. We’re also excited to see what great things you create with all the time you saved not having to write your own mobile editor.

    You know what’d be even more exciting? To see you abide by the GPL and release your source code back to the community that gave you that jump start.

    I’ve always said that the GPL isn’t about limits, it’s about possibilities. In open source software, you trade some of your control as a developer to better serve the developer community and the people using your sites and products. I don’t think that’s a limit, I think it’s a way to make sure we encourage innovation and momentum. If you want to close the door on innovation, Wix, that’s your decision to make — just write your own code. If you’re going to join the open source community, play by the open source rules.

    Release your app under the GPL, and put the source code for your app up on GitHub so that we can all build on it, improve it, and learn from it.

    Love,
    Matt and the open source community

     
  • nmw 14:42:28 on 2015/01/26 Permalink
    Tags: capital, CMS, code, coding, content management system, developer, developers, development, engineer, engineering, engineers, fund, funding, funds, money, open source, platform, platforms, program, programmer, programming, , resources, software, venture capital   

    A Great Concept for a News Organization without a Good Technology Story would have a Very Hard Time Raising Money at All 


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    Any news organization, from startups to conglomerates and everyone in between, will inevitably plant their expectations for themselves into their choice of platform, so the decision must be undertaken with clear eyes about what can and can’t be accomplished. If your mission is outlier-or-bust and you need venture money to get there, do what you must. But otherwise, think long and hard before turning down that road — your culture is far more important than your technology, and you could put it at great risk by striking out on your own.

    http://www.pbs.org/mediashift/2015/01/why-its-risky-business-for-publishers-to-build-their-own-cms/

     
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