WordPress & PHP5

I had some problems geting this blog to use the self updateing tools.

An install of WPtouch failed.

It seems that my wordpress blog needs to access PHP5 and I spoke to 1&1 to work out how to do this. I have inserted

AddType x-mapp-php5 .php

into a fresh new .htaccess file. The updates and add new theme dialogues now work on this blog. I have also added Simon Phipps flying gulls, which I have CC right to use.

I have installed the WPtouch theme and so this blog can now be accessed using small screens as well. I have tested this using an iphone. …

Are liberal licenses a better future proofing

A couple of days after the Kable Open Source conference, I looked up Gianugo Rabellino’s blog and read his then most recent blog article, “Of Oracle, Sun and Open Development” about the impact of M&A on open source investment protection.

The conclusion I draw from his article is that open source adopters need to make investment protection a selection criteria. Its well understood that the vibrancy of the product community is crucial, so its just obvious that taking a view on the future is as important. Gianugo also argues that liberal licenses enhance the ability of a community to survive M&A activity. I think he’s probably right, and this means that license terms might become important even to end user sites who have no intention of distributing software. It may also be worth measuring how diverse an open source development community is before adopting the software. …