[wp-hackers] anyone looked at Chameleon closely?

Ryan Scheuermann ryan at concept64.com
Tue Jun 6 17:19:45 GMT 2006

Yeah, but check out the Datasheet PDF, the Plugin Management screenshot 
says "Plugins extend and expand the functionality of Wordpress..."  "If 
something goes wrong with a plugin and you can't use Wordpress..."

Doesn't look like they're working that hard to hide the Wordpress core.

I've developed something like this for my own company, but I'm not 
arrogant enough to take credit for something I didn't write myself.  My 
clients know they are getting a modified and extended version of the WP 
core.  And they're made aware of the fact that the code is open-source 
and licensed GPL.

Doug is right though, they don't have to release the source to the 
public, just their customers.  And nothing in the GPL says you can't 
charge for it.

Their "Menu Manager" and "Ecommerce" plugins are exactly what I'm in the 
middle of working on.  I'm a little bummed they beat me to it.  :-)  
They are smart in making it a completely streamlined and integrated 
package.  Often times trying to use an independently developed WP plugin 
for professional clients produces poor results, if you know what I mean.

Gotta give them props, though.

Best regards,

Ryan Scheuermann

Concept 64, Inc. | Phone: 610.349.0703 | Web: www.concept64.com

David Chait wrote:

> http://www.flipcorp.com/chameleon/
> Looks to be WP with a modded admin system, a bunch of custom plugins, and 
> otherwise a claim to be their unique product.  Don't know how they 'sell' it 
> (or GPL issues) but thought I'd bring it to the attention of folks around 
> here. ;)
> There are a few sites Flip has developed that obviously have things like 
> 'wp-content/themes/...' in the HTML, though they've done a simply awesome 
> job making it look like a custom site.  They have some real freaking talent 
> on-board, imho.
> I guess if they develop and host the sites (and basically 'own' the code 
> themselves in all cases), there's no GPL issue?  But if they are actually 
> selling it as a purchasable 'shrinkwrap' package for people to install 
> themselves, then Flip would need to make modified code (at least the core, 
> I'll leave plugins out of this) available, no?  Again, the difference is 
> between 'use' of code yourself, vs 'sale' of code (or binary) to others, 
> right?
> Anyway, just though hackers could use some thought-provoking discussion --  
> please don't go way off tangent on this, stay on topic. ;)
> -d 
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