Jeff Chandler announced the news yesterday on WP Tavern (which I encourage you all to subscribe to if you aren’t already doing so). There are dozens of comments from WordPress users about the split underneath the post.
The general reaction is mixed with some people wishing that Thesis went 100% GPL. Though most people seem to agree that Chris and Matt both acted a little childish at times during this whole thing (which is kind of understandable in some respects since the debate has dragged on for so long).
I don’t know Chris or Matt personally so I’m not going to take sides on this. It isn’t the issue here. The main issue was resolving the Thesis theme breaking the GPL license and that has been resolved. Thankfully, it didn’t take a long drawn out court case for this to happen.
We can now all look forward to seeing how this will affect the WordPress community:
- Will we see more WordPress developers contributing to the Thesis theme?
- Will we see popular WordPress functions modified and released as WordPress plugins?
- Will be see other developers take Thesis into a different direction?
I do hope that Chris doesn’t look out with this decision and doesn’t see his income drop. Remember, this whole thing was mainly about two people trying to protect their interests rather than a battle of good versus evil, therefore I hope the decision benefits all parties involved.
Fingers crossed, this will be the end of the confusion of the GPL license and what it does and does not apply to.
Thanks for reading :)