I followed the last days a interesting discussion about sponsored themes at WordPress. I’m real impressed about Matt’s answer today. I fully agree with his definition and understanding of free software.
I never thought to release wordTube or NextGEN Gallery under a other license than GPL. It’s my very small part for the large WordPress community and as I define it for myself a payback for the development of all the great free products like PHP, MySQL, Apache or a least WordPress.
The positive feedback, ideas and code changes I received are very motivating. Imaging the response on Windows if it was a GPL product ! I believe the whole development will be much faster than the 10000 unmotivated developers from Microsoft, which receive beside the money only a lot of pressure from the management.
I hope we didn’t encounter sponsored plugins sometimes…