WordPress Foundation Launches to Protect Open Source Projects

WordPress, many BlogHerald reader’s blogging platform of choice, has rolled out a new service. It doesn’t make your blog load faster or guarantee you more traffic. What it does is much cooler. Much bigger. It makes a difference.

The WordPress Foundation has established as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization with the goal of democratizing publishing through Open Source, GPL software.

Current projects being supported include WordPress, WordPress Plugins, WordPress Themes, bbPress and BuddyPress.

Over the next few days donations will be accepted online.

Check out the official WordPress Foundation Website and read a bit more about their thinking:

Philosophy

In order to serve the public good, all of the software and projects we promote should support the following goals:

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

According to founder Matt Mullenweg, the Foundation hopes to gather broad community support. Are you in?

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