The WordPress Foundation was officially announced yesterday with the launch of its official website. Started by Matt Mullenweg, the WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded to help and support Open Source. I found out about it late yesterday when Matt announced it on his blog. To get a better understanding of the WordPress Foundation, its purpose and what its about, here’s a little information I gathered from its official website.
What is the WordPress Foundation?
The WordPress Foundation is a charitable organization founded by Matt Mullenweg to further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software.
What is the purpose or goal of this foundation?
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. A 501(c)3 non-profit organization, the WordPress Foundation will also pursue a charter to educate the public about WordPress and related open source software.
We hope to gather broad community support to make sure we can continue to serve the public good through freely accessible software.
The WordPress Foundation was inspired by Free Software Foundation – the creator of the GNU GPL license we use and promote, the Open Source Applications Foundation, which creates Chandler and the Mozilla Foundation, making the web and email more accessible and built on open standards.
As a WordPress user and advocate and also as a supporter of Open Source, I’m very happy and excited about this development and I can’t wait for the other “interesting” things that will be coming to the foundation as Matt mentioned on his blog.
As a side note, the WordPress Foundation website runs on the developmental version of WordPress 3.0 and is using the new default WordPress theme – 2010.
Check out the new WordPress Foundation website!