Open Source


WooCommerce vs JigoShop

On Open Source, Forking, Branding and Reputations There’s a whole ordeal in the WordPress community right now over the fact that WooThemes has decided to fork JigoShop into WooCommerce. Quite a few people have asked me for my opinion on this, given my recent trials and tribulations with copyright issues. I decided it would be good…

Open Source, Motivations & Business

A hefty discussion has been going on about people’s motivations to develop Open Source software, starting with Alex King’s blog post and followed up by many others including Weblog Tools Collection. I disagree wholeheartedly with some of Alex’s statements. Chris Olbekson did a post I agree with more, and he also asked for my opinion…

Rant: courtesy amongst open source users

So, I love the idea of open source development. The adage of “in the eyes of many, all bugs are shallow” has always appealed hugely to me. Heck, I want other developers to fix the bugs I created. It just makes sense, doesn’t it? They use my stuff; if they encounter a bug and are…

Piwik – Open source webanalytics

I got a tweet from @zjuul today, because he was modifying (and has since released a beta version) my Google Analytics plugin to work with Piwik. Piwik is an open source analytics tool, in it’s very early stages of development. I’ve been looking at it, installing it on this site, and so far, I like…

WebKit Community Release

Last evening Mark Rowe and myself posted an appeal to the webkit-dev mailing list, asking for opinions on our plan for a WebKit Community Release. Our intention is to make a stable version of the current WebKit tree, especially aimed at bundling with other applications. Applications like Macromedia Contribute, Sandvox, CSS Edit, Xyle Scope and lots of others use the WebKit that is bundled with Mac OS X, while they may want more from their application then the system bundled WebKit can offer.