[wp-hackers] anyone looked at Chameleon closely?

Computer Guru computerguru at neosmart.net
Wed Jun 7 10:52:50 GMT 2006

I doubt it will be affordable, look at their customers, those are some of
the biggest profit makers in the Middle East.
However, the GPL licensce makes it clear that if you write to them and ask
them for the source they must make it available at no cost (they can go as
far as to print it and send it to you and charge you for the cost of
materials.. but that's extreme).

Computer Guru
NeoSmart Technologies

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Subject: Re: [wp-hackers] anyone looked at Chameleon closely?

On Jun 6, 2006, at 7:41 PM, Jeremy Visser wrote:

> Does anyone reckon it's ok with the GPL to purchase a copy of 
> Chameleon and apply some changes to the WordPress core? I mean, like 
> Matt going and shipping some Chameleon code with WP2.1 or something?

That would certainly be okay.  GPL is viral, so their WP-modification is GPL
licensed, which means that just as they are licensed to take our
modifications and apply them to their code, we can take their modifications
and apply them to our code.  That is, assuming we can get out hands on the
code.  As was said earlier in the thread, we don't have a right to the
source code unless we buy the product (and, of course, PHP is only source
code, so once you buy it, you have the source code.)  You could also try and
convince one of their customers to give you the code, but you probably won't
have much luck with that.  Contact them and ask about pricing.  If it is
reasonably affordable, a few people could chip in and snag a copy for
comparison purposes.  I'd keep your WP involvement a secret, though.
They'll probably balk if they know what you're about to do (not that I blame
them, it'd hurt their bottom line).

Mark Jaquith

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