Open Source vs. Open Core
Posted Jul 22 2010 by Ryan Thrash with Comment(s)

After our recent product launch (as in roughly a dozen hours ago), Barb Mosher indirectly raised a very salient question in her article:

Like Drupal, Joomla and WordPress, MODx is licensed under the GPL. This means that the MODx Revolution core software will remain open and free. But beyond this the field is open.

I'd like to offer some clarity on this question. MODx is an Open Source company, everything to date has been released under an OS license. We also don't want to restrict how MODx developers license their work, a different type of freedom than offered from many, if not most, OS projects. We think this will help companies transition from being slaves to selling hours into selling products.

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HTML5 Logo: Fu or Fail?
Posted Jan 19 2011 by Ryan Thrash with Comment(s)

The W3C is trying to do something awesome for web technology as viewed by the general public: give them a visual language on which to frame their understanding of the modern web. I suspect they hope it will help having their kids not look at them with that tilted-confused-dog-face look when mom and dad try to mention all the newfangled HTML 5 hotness.

Many of the thought leaders in web technology and design including Jeremy Keith, the Grubinator, folks at Ajaxian, Hoefler+Frere-Jones—and others that will comment soon I'm sure—basically agree it's gracious to call it overreaching, and more akin to an awkward kid at a high school dance trying to look cool. In reality he's pretty much spasmodically flailing around like a mental patient.

In short the early consensus can be overly simplified: A for effort (it is nice looking!); …

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