WordPress Launches new Foundation to Protect and Serve
WordPress (news, site) just launched their own Superman. Labeled the WordPress Foundation, the non-profit org is designed to “democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.”

In other words, and straight from the horse’s mouth:

The point of the foundation is to ensure free access, in perpetuity, to the projects we support. People and businesses may come and go, so it is important to ensure that the source code for these projects will survive beyond the current contributor base, that we may create a stable platform for web publishing for generations to come. As part of this mission, the Foundation will be responsible for protecting the WordPress, WordCamp, and related trademarks.

The goals of the software projects they plan to promote are:

  • The software should be licensed under the GNU Public License.
  • The software should be freely available to anyone to use for any purpose, and without permission.
  • The software should be open to modifications.
  • Any modifications should be freely distributable at no cost and without permission from its creators.
  • The software should provide a framework for translation to make it globally accessible to speakers of all languages.
  • The software should provide a framework for extensions so modifications and enhancements can be made without modifying core code.

Examples of projects that embrace the philosophy include WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, BuddyPress, and of course, the Web CMS itself. 

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