WordPress.com founder Matt Mullenweg said everything, not just software, should be open source and described himself as an "open source hippie."
WordPress has become a top platform for blogs, strongly competing with Blogger and Tumblr. Recently, the site's founder professed his love for all things open source.
Mullenweg was cited as saying, "I believe morally and philosophically that not just software, but everything should be open source," according to ZDNet at the GigaOM Roadmap 2011 Summit in San Francisco, California. Mullenweg went on to give examples: Wikipedia and Android.
Wikipedia replaced Encyclopedia Britannica as a go-to source for researching and Android has definitely made waves in the smartphone market with its open source software. Open source software is also quite prevalent on the Web for cheaper or free alternatives to major products, such as OpenOffice, which is a free and open source equivalent to Microsoft Office. OpenOffice boasts of millions of users in the United States.
Mullenweg said bigger companies should focus more on open source, and said that Google and Apple are doing it right--calling them "kosher," and even mentioned they were inspirations for WordPress' own company set-up. WordPress blogs can be hosted either by WordPress or by hosting services like GoDaddy, Dreamhost, as well as cloud hosts like Amazon's Web Services. Collectively, there are over 6o million WordPress blogs, reports Wired.
The WordPress publishing system allows for the tweaking of code, adding widgets and themes and other tools to help bloggers for a reasonable price or a free blog with less features. Mullenweg also touched on the subject of corporate publishing platforms, Wired cited him: "Enterprise software has always sucked, but now people are complaining about it more. They’re like... ‘How come the [content management system] that my company spent $4 million for is crappier than the thing I use for my blog, that I pay $12 a year for?’"
He claims the entrance of companies like Apple into the corporate world have made users question expensive, clunky software which is not open source when other companies offer cheaper and better alternatives, such as WordPress, which major media platforms like Mashable, The New York Times, and blog network I Can Has Cheezburger utilize.
Making software sharing more "democratic," as Mullenweg puts it, could certainly help with innovation and lessening patent lawsuits which sometimes can be the primary factor of technology being held back and not reaching its full potential. Putting that into the real world, however, could prove a bit more difficult.