open source

IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition is Uninspiring

October 18, 2009

A friend sent over the news that IntelliJ IDEA is going open source with a commercial option. My first reaction was that while it would be helpful to Java developers to play with it, there was a distinct possibility that IDEA is already out on its way out. I have always been an Eclipse person, […]

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Understand Free Software First

July 18, 2009

It is now official that WordPress themes are GPL, which creates problems for the business models of the design companies which were offering “premium” themes. A few weeks before this happened, a few premium theme developers such as Revolution decided to release their themes under the GPL and Alex King called them on it to […]

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Free is for Users, not Publishers

July 8, 2009

There has been much debate recently about what free means (see Anderson, Gladwell, Godin, Cuban, Shafeen, Yglesias, etc.) and the meaning of GPL vis‐a‐vis WordPress (Mullenweg, Jalkut, King, etc.) The primary question is, does a business benefit by allowing consumers to use its products (software or information) for free and, in the case of GPL, allow […]

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