Happy Fourth Birthday, WordPress!

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How appropriate that the world’s leading blog software started out as a blog post four years ago today.

What to do? Well, Textpattern looks like everything I could ever want, but it doesn’t look like it’s going to be licensed under something politically I could agree with. Fortunately, b2/cafelog is GPL, which means that I could use the existing codebase to create a fork, integrating all the cool stuff that Michel would be working on right now if only he was around. The work would never be lost, as if I fell of the face of the planet a year from now, whatever code I made would be free to the world, and if someone else wanted to pick it up they could. I’ve decided that this the course of action I’d like to go in, now all I need is a name. What should it do? Well, it would be nice to have the flexibility of MovableType, the parsing of TextPattern, the hackability of b2, and the ease of setup of Blogger. Someday, right?

Textpattern adopted a GPL in mid-2004, but it was too little, too late. Had it given itself to the world earlier, its code would’ve lived on in WordPress instead of fading into irrelevance. In a remix culture, generosity is the key to longevity.

(Via Mike Little.)

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