The official post announcing the launch of WP 2.0 has been posted by Matt Mullenweg at the WordPress Blog, but there is something that should be noted, and before I say what I’m about to say I really, really do hope Matt and the team go really well with Automattic and I can think of no better people more deserving that to make some money from the blogosphere, but here we go:
Is it right that an essentially commercial service: the Askimet anti-spam plugin, is bundled with WordPress.
Sure, its got a GPL license and is free for personal use, but for anyone else its a paid service in which Automattic profits, and Automattic is committed to assisting in the development and management of WordPress itself, but it’s still going to make a profit right? If WordPress is so famed for the fact it is a free blogging tool, is this not a change from the past? it it a good change? Sure, its not as harsh as the MT 3.0 changes were, but its still a move in a commercial direction that SixApart came under fire for, and if I’m to be fair it’s only fair that we now ask the same thing about WordPress.
Share your thoughts.